January 21, 2012

Butler Rallies For Win At Loyola

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CHICAGO - Down by as many as 17, the Butler women's basketball team exploded for 42 points in the second half to defeat Loyola 60-57 Saturday evening at the Gentile Center. The victory was BU's first road win of the season.

Sophomore Sarah Hamm led the Bulldogs with 18 points and eight rebounds. Senior Devin Brierly scored 13 points and freshman Hannah Douglas added 11. Loyola's Simone Law scored 24 points.

Loyola led 29-12 late in the first half and was up 31-18 at halftime. Butler coach Beth Couture made some adjustments on both ends of the floor. 

"Defensively, we knew we didn't want them shooting the 3," Couture said. "Law scored a lot, but we didn't want them getting three points instead of two. Offensively, we called plays pretty much the whole second half."

Butler out-scored Loyola 42-26 in the second half and held the Ramblers without a field goal for the final 9:17 of the game.

After halftime, Butler played perhaps its best 20 minutes of basketball this season. A 3-pointer by Brierly at the 16:40 mark pulled BU to within 35-30. Loyola answered and built its lead to 16 before the Bulldogs methodically chipped away at the deficit. A 9-0 Butler run would cut the lead to 53-52 with 4:30 left in the game.

Loyola led 56-54 when a baseline floater by Douglas tied the game with 2:20 remaining. Douglas scored again at the 1:26 mark to give Butler a 58-56 lead. Two free throws by Brierly with 12 seconds left iced the game.

Butler (7-11, 3-4) will host nationally-ranked Green Bay Thursday, Jan. 26 at 7 p.m. ET.