DETROIT - Senior Devin Brierly led Butler with 15 points on five 3-pointers, but Detroit's Shareta Brown had 23 points and 13 rebounds to lead UDM to a 72-60 win over the Butler women's basketball team Thursday night. It was the league opener for both teams.
Brierly finished 5-for-10 from beyond the arc. Four of her treys came in the first half. Freshman Hannah Douglas scored nine points and three other players added eight for Butler. Sophomore Mandy McDivitt and junior Becca Bornhorst each grabbed seven rebounds.
Jalesa Jones had 17 points, four assists and three steals for the Titans (5-8, 1-0). Yar Shayok added nine points and 11 rebounds.
"In the second half, you have to give Detroit all the credit in the world," head coach Beth Couture said. "They were physical and manhandled us. We couldn't match it. At the end of the day, their "physicalness" inside just killed us."
Detroit used Brown in a high post-low post attack to turn a close game into a resounding home win. The Titans had their largest lead at 61-40 and then held off a Butler team that did not give in. The Bulldogs had chances to get to within single digits during the final minutes but ran out of time.
Butler (4-8, 0-1) led early in the second half before a flurry of fouls put the Bulldogs in a bad spot. Detroit went on a 12-2 run that featured seven free throws between the 16- and 12-minute timeouts. Butler's bench received a technical at the 13:21 mark, and Brown continued to thrive in the paint. A pair of 3-point plays and a jumper by Shayok gave Detroit a 55-40 lead, forcing a Butler timeout with 9:25 to play.
The Dawgs found themselves down 9-2 early, but answered with a quick 8-0 run to take the lead. Neither team led by more than one possession as they traded baskets. A jumper by freshman Amanda Raker gave Butler a 28-25 lead, but three points by Shayok and a fastbreak lay-up by Demeisha Fambro tied the game 30-30 at halftime.
"I thought we competed in the first half, but we missed our chances," Couture said. "We had a chance to be up more but had some letdowns at the end of the half."
Butler will finish its road swing at Wright State Saturday, Dec. 31 at Wright State. The BU-WSU game starts at 8 p.m. ET.