Second-Half Long-Range Barrage Sends Butler Past Detroit, 60-42
Feb. 8, 2009
Indianapolis, Ind. - Butler drained eight second-half three-pointers - including three each from Brittany Bowen and Terra Burns - to break open what had been a closely-contested game, as the Bulldogs rolled to a 60-42 victory over Detroit on Sunday (Feb. 8) afternoon.
After heading into the locker room deadlocked at 19, the Bulldogs (14-8, 9-2 Horizon League) converted 51.7 percent (15-of-29) from the field and 61.5 percent (8-of-13) from beyond the arc in the second half to finish with 41 points in the period.
Both teams struggled to get things going on the offensive end in the opening 20 minutes, as the Bulldogs out-shot the Titans, 32 percent to 30. Neither team held more than a three-point edge during the stanza, with the lead changing hands six times and drawing even on five occasions.
The Bulldogs came out shooting right from the start of the second period however. After a split pair of free throws by Sandi Brown gave Detroit a 20-19 edge, Bowen drained her first three of the night just seconds later to put Butler back in front.
Leading by one at 25-24 just two minutes later, Bowen would hit her second trey to begin a 13-0 Butler run over the next six minutes. A lay-in by Burns followed by triples from Susan Lester and Bowen gave the Bulldogs a 12-point edge before a pair of makes from the line by Melanie Thornton pushed Butler out to a 38-24 advantage.
The Titans would cut the lead back to 12, but back-to-back treys by Burns and another from Candyce Brown bumped the Butler margin up to 18 at 49-31 with just over six minutes left and put the game all but out of reach.
Butler finished with 27-to-8 edge on points off turnovers, while the Bulldog bench outscored the Titans', 18 to 10.
Burns finished with a career-best 13 points on 5-for-13 shooting from the field and a 3-of-4 mark from three-point range, Bowen added nine points - all on treys - and Lade Akande finished just one point shy of a double-double with nine points and a season-best 13 rebounds. Lester also chipped in eight points and nine boards, while Thornton posted six points and five boards.
Butler opens up a three-game road swing on Thursday (Feb. 12) when it takes on UIC beginning at 8:00 p.m. ET.