Bulldogs Edged At Milwaukee In Final Seconds

Hannah Douglas

MILWAUKEE - Freshman Hannah Douglas and sophomore Jenna Cobb each scored 11 points to lead the Butler women's basketball team in a 54-52 loss at Milwaukee Thursday night. BU made a comeback in the game's final 3 minutes before running out of time.

The Bulldogs (12-14, 8-7) shot just .317 from the floor in the loss, which came after Butler got two solid wins at home last weekend. The Dawgs were also a below-average 10-for-19 at the foul line (.526).

UWM was led by Sami Tucker with 23 points and 14 rebounds. Ashley Green added 15 points for the Panthers (8-18, 4-11).

"Tucker was really good," head coach Beth Couture said. "But our attention to detail wasn't there."

Down 51-42, Butler got back into the game as Cobb and Mandy McDivitt each hit a 3-pointer down the stretch. Another Cobb jumper with 1:10 to play made it a 53-52 game. With 14.8 seconds left, a jump ball gave the Bulldogs possession down 53-52. With the clock winding down, Cobb drove the lane and shot a left-handed runner. The shot rolled off the rim, and UWM's Lindfors. BU fouled the Milwaukee center with 1.4 seconds left. She made one free throw to provide the final margin.

BU was hurt on the glass, with Milwaukee +6 in rebounding in the second half. The Panthers got timely offensive rebounds in key spots with both of Butler's starting post players saddled with foul trouble.

"They only got 13 offensive rebounds, but they came at crucial times," Couture said. "The turning point was when Becca (Bornhorst) got two fouls. She does the little things for us, and she wasn't in there."

The game was tight for the first 32 minutes. Butler went cold from the floor, got in foul trouble and Milwaukee crashed the offensive glass. The Panthers were rewarded for their efforts. With the game tied at 41-41, UWM went on a 10-1 run to go up 51-42 with 5:46 to play. 

In all the tight contest had 12 lead changes and eight ties. Both teams scored exactly 27 points in the second half.

Butler was up 18-9 at the 11:05 mark and appeared to be playing harder and controlling the game. Milwaukee went on a 7-0 run to pull within 18-16 at the 8-minute timeout. The Panthers continued their comeback as Butler stumbled on offense, finally taking a 23-22 lead with 1:46 left in the first half. Tied at 25-25, Green made two foul shots in the final possession to give UWM a 27-25 lead at halftime. 

Butler has one more game this weekend, taking on No. 12 Green Bay Saturday, Feb. 25 at the Kress Center. It is BU's last road game of the regular season. The Bulldogs are at home next weekend against Detroit and Wright State.