Portland State Rallies Past BU

Amanda Raker

MORAGA, Calif. - The Butler women's basketball team led by double figures early but Portland State came back to defeat the Bulldogs 71-58 on Saturday at St. Mary's College.

Sophomore Taylor Schippers - who scored 27 points against St. Mary's on Friday - led Butler with 16. Sophomores Hannah Douglas and Amanda Raker each scored 12, with Raker's outing a career high for scoring. 

Portland State (4-2), a member of the Big Sky Conference, saw Allison Greene score 19 points. Three other Viking players scored in double digits and Angela Misa pulled in 21 rebounds.

The Bulldogs appeared to command the game early. They came out hard on defense and built up a 20-9 lead with 12:26 left in the first half. It was 23-15 when junior Daress McClung was called for her second foul and Portland State chipped into the lead. Butler led 29-26 at the half. 

PSU's comeback was complete when it tied the game at 33-33. The Vikings got a steal and a 3-point play on the next two possesions to lead 36-33 with 16:31 left in the game. The Vikings led by five when BU turned up the pressure on defense. The Bulldogs trapped and forced turnovers and led 44-42 with 12:15 remaining.

The Vikings then went on a 10-2 run to force a BU timeout with 8:35 to play, highlighted by a 3-pointer by Portland State's Mikaela Rivard. A drive to the basket and a putback gave Portland State a 58-48 lead with little more than 4 minutes left. At the final media timeout of the game, PSU led 60-50 with 3:09 on the clock.

PSU had a 49-34 edge on the boards and hauled in 16 offensive rebounds. The Vikings were 19-for-22 at the foul line while BU attempted just 13 foul shots. 

Butler (2-4) will play Wednesday, Nov. 28 at home against Eastern Michigan at 7 p.m. The Bulldogs have four more home games over the next month.