PHOTO GALLERY (photos by Olivia Walter)
INDIANAPOLIS - Junior Devin Brierly had a career-high 19 points to lead a balanced Bulldog attack and the Butler women's basketball team defeated Milwaukee, 72-64, Saturday afternoon at Hinkle Fieldhouse. Seniors Chloe Hamilton and Alyssa Pittman each added 15 points in the win, which was No. 400 in the career of head coach Beth Couture.
Brierly shot 6 for 8 from both the floor and the foul line. Hamilton finished with 6-for-8 shooting, seeing her consecutive made field goals streak come to an end at 16. The senior forward has made 29 of her last 39 field goal attempts.
"Devin realizes that we need her to score. She was very aggressive," Couture said.
Couture, in her ninth season at BU and 22nd overall as a college coach, is 400-237 (.628) in her career. She won 258 games at Presbyterian College in South Carolina before coming to Butler in 2002. The Butler coach deflected the milestone victory to her former players and coaches.
"It's an accomplishment that I was able to reach because I've been fortunate to work for two great schools in Presbyterian and Butler," she said. "I've been fortunate enough to work with great assistant coaches and coach a lot of great players."
The Bulldogs took care of the ball to the tune of a season-low eight turnovers. Butler ended with a 22-6 advantage in points off turnovers. That offset Milwaukee's 44-32 edge in rebounding, which included 14 Panther offensive boards. UWM became the first league opponent to beat Butler on the glass.
Butler (14-7, 8-1) led 38-28 at the half and went up 47-30 on a 3-point play by Brierly with 17:53 on the clock. The Bulldogs led by double digits for most of the second half until Milwaukee went on a 10-2 run to make the score 54-48. An 8-2 run by BU made it 62-50 and Butler cruised the rest of the way.
Milwaukee's Angela Rodriguez scored 17 points and made five 3-pointers, while Lindsay Laur added 16 points and 11 rebounds.
Butler will play at home next weekend against Detroit and Wright State. Detroit comes to Hinkle Fieldhouse Thursday, Feb. 3 at 7 p.m. The game next Saturday against WSU is Butler's WBCA Pink Zone Game for breast cancer awareness.