Indianapolis, Ind. - It might have taken 20 minutes for the Bulldogs to hit their stride, but once they did, there wasn't much that could stop them.
Butler rallied from a four-point half-time deficit by outscoring the visiting Hoosier Lady Stars 51-24 in the second half, including an astounding 42-8 margin in the first 12 minutes of the period, to claim a 79-56 decision in an exhibition match on Wednesday (Nov. 7) evening at Hinkle Fieldhouse.
After shooting just 36.7 percent from the field in the opening period, including a meager 7.7 percent from three (1-for-13), the Bulldogs erupted for a 58.3 mark in the second while sinking 8-of-13 from long range (61.5 percent).
Butler jumped out in front at the start, as Lade Akande scored nine of her 15 first-half points to help give the Bulldogs an 18-7 advantage just seven minutes in. The visiting Hoosier Lady Stars would respond down the stretch, however, holding Butler scoreless over the net six minutes to take a 19-18 lead before holding onto a 32-28 edge at the break.
The Bulldogs took over from there, opening the second with a 17-2 run capped by a triple by freshman Brittany Bowen before riding threes by Bowen, sophomore Susan Lester and senior Cassie Freeman to help key a 42-8 start to the second stanza.
The visitors would have no answer for the Butler offensive surge, as the Lady Stars could manage just eight field goals in the second half.
Akande finished with a game-high 17 points, including 15 first-half points, on 7-of-11 shooting from the field while adding a team-high seven rebounds. Bowen, meanwhile, scored 13 of her 15 points in the final period, coming on 6-of-7 shooting with a perfect 3-for-3 mark from three.
Lester also finished in double-figures with 11 points and added five boards, while Freeman and junior Tara Miller added six rebounds each.
Butler shot 48.5 percent from the field on the night while holding the Lady Stars to 35.1 percent, including just 27.6 in the second half. The Bulldogs also held a 44 to 32 advantage on boards and a decisive 24 to 9 margin on assists.
Butler opens up the regular season this weekend when it hosts Ohio on Saturday (Nov. 10) beginning at 4:30 p.m. at Hinkle Fieldhouse.