Late Putback Halts BU Comeback

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Feb 5, 2011

Butler vs. Wright State February 5, 2011



INDIANAPOLIS – Wright State's Ta-Myra Davis scored a put-back with 1.2 seconds left to push WSU past the Butler women's basketball team, 70-68, Saturday afternoon. The Bulldogs, who trailed by as many as 15, were led by senior Chloe Hamilton with 15 points and eight rebounds.

Seniors Alyssa Pittman and Brittany Bowen each scored 13 points and junior Devin Brierly added 12. Butler (14-9, 8-3) remains in second place in the league standings, one game ahead of Wright State. The two teams would be tied, but the Raiders lost Thursday night at Valparaiso.

Trailing 68-66 in the final minute, Butler forced a steal by Bowen had her shot blocked. BU called timeout and ran a play for Hamilton, who made two free throws to tie the game at 68. The Raiders called timeout with 12 seconds remaining then went the length of the floor. LaShawna Thomas missed a running lay-up, Davis grabbed the rebound. She missed the put-back, but got her own rebound and scored. The clock showed 0.8, but the officials put 1.2 on the clock after a review.

BU freshman Mandy McDivitt fired a half-court shot at the buzzer, but it bounced off the back of the rim. 

The Bulldogs fell behind early due to WSU's long-range shooting. Wright State's Courtney Boyd made four 3-pointers in the first 4:22 of the game, giving the Raiders a 14-4 lead. BU pressured on defense and cut into the deficit to trail just 29-26 at the half.

"We were playing catch-up," head coach Beth Couture. "If you play that way, you might win some. But you'll mostly lose games."

Wright State shot 6 for 9 from beyond the arc in the second half, and would lead 58-43 with 7:40. Again, Butler picked up full court and a 3-point play by Brierly cut the WSU lead to 67-64 with 1:39 to go. The Bulldogs trailed by six with 1:53 left before making their comeback.

Boyd (15 points) and Maria Bennett (17 points) each hit five 3-pointers to lead the Raiders, who made 12 treys as a team. Five Raiders scored in double figures and Wright State shots 52 percent in the second half.

"We didn't play a complete game. We didn't show up for about 32 minutes," Couture said. "We missed some assignments and they probably only had to make one contested 3-pointer. They got open, and we knew they had 3-point shooters."

Butler, which closes its four-game homestand 1-3, will play at Youngstown State Thursday, Feb. 10. The Bulldogs play at Cleveland State next Saturday.