CLEVELAND, Ohio - Sophomore Jenna Cobb scored a career-high 21 points and sophomore center Sarah Hamm added 17 and 11 rebounds to lead the Butler women's basketball team to a 68-62 win at Cleveland State Thursday night. The win lifted BU to 5-5 in Horizon League play.
Cobb had her best scoring night on 7-for-12 shooting and 2-for-2 shooting from beyond the arc. Cobb also grabbed seven rebounds, including a key offensive board in the game's final minute that led to a pair of free throws by senior Devin Brierly. Hamm's double-double was her second in as many games.
Butler, who routed CSU 67-43 earlier this season, clearly played with more energy than the host Vikings. Back-to-back treys by Brierly and Hamm early in the second half gave Butler a 36-28 lead with 18:35 to play. Those long-range shots set up the decisive run in the game. Butler went on a 14-2 run to lead 50-32 with 12:26 left in the game.
Cleveland State (8-13, 3-7) would battle back with a 9-0 run to get within 50-41. Butler answered back with Cobb slashing to the basket for points. CSU played full-court, pressure defense to get back into the game. A free throw by CSU's Shalonda Winton with 4:28 remaining cut BU's lead to 59-51.
Winton led the Vikings with 22 points and 12 rebounds. Honesty King added 11 points.
The first half was even until Butler built a 23-15 lead with 6:48 to play. A couple of Viking 3-pointers prevented the Bulldogs from taking a commanding lead. A trey by McDivitt but BU ahead 30-23 with the first-half clock winding down, but CSU's King made a 3-pointer at the buzzer to make Butler's halftime lead 30-26.
BU did battle foul trouble most of the night, with Hamm, Bornhorst and Hannah Douglas all saddled with four fouls with the game still in doubt. Bornhorst fouled out with 3:13 left. CSU was at the line all night and had a big advantage in that area until it had to foul the Bulldogs late.
Butler (9-12, 5-5) will finish its Ohio swing Saturday, Feb. 4 when it plays at Youngstown State. The BU-YSU game is set for 2 p.m.