Chicago - Four scorers finished in double-figures and the Bulldogs rediscovered their long-range shooting touch with nine three-pointers, as Butler picked up a convincing 72-57 victory over host UIC on Saturday (Jan. 12) at the UIC Pavilion.
The Bulldogs continued their second-half dominance against the Flames, as Butler turned up the offensive pressure following the break to bust open a close game midway through the period and improve to 12-2 on the year and 2-1 in Horizon League play. UIC, meanwhile, falls to 4-11 overall and 0-4 in conference.
After battling to a 9-9 deadlock just over four minutes into the game, the Bulldogs rode a 10-2 run, sparked by treys by Candace Jones and Candyce Brown, to take a 19-11 lead with 12 minutes to go in the half.
Candace Bain followed with an offensive display of her own, netting the next four-straight Butler buckets to help give the Bulldogs their largest lead of the period at 25-15.
UIC rallied in the closing minutes of the half, however, cutting the Butler advantage to two thanks to a 10-2 run of their own, but three-pointers by Brittany Bowen and Tara Miller helped to give the Bulldogs a four-point advantage heading into the locker room.
Jones continued to torch the Flames from beyond the arc after the break, nailing a pair of threes in the opening minutes of the second period to help push Butler ahead by eight at 47-39.
Back-to-back treys by Bowen and Bain moments later gave Butler its largest lead of the game (16) at 57-41. Three-pointers by Jessie Miller brought UIC to back within 10 with seven minutes to go, but the Flames would get no closer for the remainder of the contest.
Butler shot 45.8 percent from the field (27-of-59) and 50 percent from long range (9-of-18) while holding UIC to just 31.3 percent (20-of-64). The Bulldogs also tied their season-high with 22 assists.
Akande led four Butler scorers in double-figures, posting 17 points, including 13 in the second half, on 6-for-15 shooting from the field. She also added seven boards, three assists, two blocks and a pair of picks.
Jones finished with 16 on 5-of-10 shooting and a 4-for-4 mark from beyond the arc. Bain went 5-for-6 for 11 points, while Brittany Bowen finished with 10 at 4-for-5 shooting.
Susan Lester added eight points and a game-high 12 rebounds, while Miller dished a game-high eight assists.
Butler opens up a brief two-game home stand on Thursday (Jan. 17) when it welcomes reigning Horizon League Champion Green Bay to Hinkle Fieldhouse beginning at 7:00 p.m.