YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio - Sophomore Mandy McDivitt hit a deep 3-pointer with 2.3 seconds left to push the Butler women's basketball team to a 65-63 win at Youngstown State. Senior Devin Brierly led BU with 22 points and seven rebounds.
McDivitt's clutch trey, her sixth of the game, came during a wild and frenzied finish. After Youngstown State's Brandi Brown made two foul shots with 29 seconds left, Brierly rushed the ball up the court. She handed to McDivitt, who buried a high-arching 3-pointer from the right wing. McDivitt finished with 18 points on 6-for-13 from beyond the arc.
Butler brought its best outside shooting to Youngstown State, which is known as a dangerous shooting team. The two teams combined to make 23-for-49 from beyond the arc. Butler made 12 treys, by far the most they've had this season.
The Bulldogs led for most of the second half and led 42-33 at one point after a jumper by Brierly. After a Brierly trey made it 50-43, the Penguins made two 3-pointers of their own to make it a 50-49 game. The two teams traded baskets down the stretch. BU went inside to Hamm three times for lay-ups in the final 2:28, but YSU kept answering with 3-pointers. After McDivitt's final shot, Youngstown State went the length of the court with a nicely-designed play, but the Penguins did not get a shot off.
Butler led 13-9 early before an 11-0 run for YSU made it 20-13. The Bulldogs trailed 27-19 with 5:59 left in the half but then held Youngstown State scoreless until halftime. Butler held a 29-27 lead after 20 minutes of play.
Brown finished with 23 points. Heidi Schlegel added 13. Sophomore Jenna Cobb had nine points, seven assists and just one turnover for the Bulldogs.
Butler will host Valparaiso Saturday, Feb. 11 at 2 p.m. The game is BU's Pink Zone game for breast cancer awareness.