Bulldogs Crush Detroit, Advance To HL Semifinal

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Mar 9, 2011

Butler 64 Detroit 38 : March 9, 2011



PHOTO GALLERY (Photos by Olivia Walter)

INDIANAPOLIS - In a stifling defensive effort, the Butler women's basketball team defeated Detroit, 64-38, Wednesday at Hinkle Fieldhouse to advance to the semifinal of the Horizon League Women's Championship. Senior Chloe Hamilton led BU with 16 points. 

The Bulldogs (19-12), the No. 2 seed of the tourney, advance to regular season champion Green Bay for the semifinals against No. 3 seed Cleveland State. BU has already clinched, at the very least, a spot in the WNIT as the league's second place team.

Senior Brittany Bowen had 13 points and senior Azjah Bass added eight. Junior Devin Brierly added eight rebounds. 

Detroit shot just .245 for the game, and it was 3-for-22 shooting (.136) in the first half that put the Titans in a huge hole early. Butler climbed out to a 31-12 halftime lead and cruised the rest of the way. Twelve Bulldog players saw action and 11 scored at least one point.

"I knew if we made them shoot outside shots, we could make it difficult for them to score," head coach Beth Couture said. "Detroit is really good when they spread you out and take you one-on-one. They've had to play a lot of games and we knew it would be tough for them to make outside shots."

Up 19 at the half, BU scored seven points in the first minute of the second half, extending its lead to 38-12. The Bulldogs led 45-18 when the Titans' Dominique Dixon hit their first 3-pointer. Butler's largest lead was 53-21 at the 11:01 mark. 

Couture was able to rest her starters for much of the game, something she noted as a positive after the victory. None of the team's five starters played more than 28 minutes, and five bench players played at least 11 minutes.

Detroit's Jalesa Jones led Detroit with eight points.