YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio - Senior Chloe Hamilton scored a career-high 34 points to lead the Butler women's basketball team to a 73-56 win at Youngstown State Thursday evening. Hamilton's career night is the highest output from a Bulldog player in 10 years.
Hamilton, whose previous high was 27, finished 11 for 16 from the floor and 12 of 14 at the free throw line. She added nine rebounds, two assists and a block. The 5-10 senior's total tied for fifth-highest in school history, and was the highest single-game performance by a Bulldog since Sarah Bolten had 37 in a game in 2001.
Hamilton had 20 points on 8-for-11 shooting in the first half, nearly out-scoring the Penguins by herself. She scored 12 of BU's first 19 points as the Bulldogs jumped out to an early 19-4 lead with 9:34 remaining in the half. Hamilton continued to pummel the Penguins inside, and with a pair of 3s from Bowen, the Dawgs led 32-21 at the half.
The Bulldogs continued to extend their lead in the second half. BU led 54-32 after back-to-back 3-pointers by senior Alyssa Pittman. The Bulldogs would lead by 24 moments later and cruise the rest of the way. Youngstown State (3-20, 1-11) would pull to within 14 late in the second half but get no closer.
Butler opened the game with a 12-0 lead, holding YSU scoreless until the 13:36 mark. It was 14-2 at the 12-minute media timeout.
Butler will continue its swing through Northeast Ohio Saturday afternoon when it plays at Cleveland State. The game is part of a men's-women's doubleheader and should begin at approximately 4:30 p.m.