By Rick Teverbaugh
The Herald Bulletin
MUNCIE, Ind. —
Pendleton Heights graduate Hannah Douglas rode out some early foul trouble and made the most of her time for the Butler women’s basketball team here Tuesday night.
Douglas scored eight points, all in the second half and that was the winning margin as the Bulldogs (1-1) stopped Ball State 70-62.
Douglas has suffered some foul trouble in both of her team’s games. “I’ve got to stop doing that,” she said after the game, able to laugh about it because this time Butler win. “I like to be aggressive. Maybe it’s adrenaline.”
The Butler sophomore helped end a debilitating team scoring drought that enabled the Cardinals to erase a 37-30 halftime deficit. The Bulldogs went nearly seven minutes to start the second half and was behind 40-37 when Douglas drove the lane and hit a pull-up, mid-range jumper.
For there, the lead was batted back and forth with neither team getting more than a two-point advantage.
Douglas took care of that. “Coach (Beth Couture) called a play for me,” said Douglas. “When you’re in that situation, you just know you have to score. They overplayed to one side so I knew the other side would be wide open.” She drove the baseline, darted under the basket and came up on the other side for a reverse layup.” The score was 57-54.
Butler added five more points before the Cardinals scored again. Ball State was never closer than five points after that. But Douglas was still uneasy. “You can never get comfortable with an in-state rival,” she said. “I was still worried when there were 30 seconds left and we were up six. We were shooting free throws and I knew Taylor (Schippers) was going to hit those free throws.” She did.
Douglas had eight points on 3-of-5 shooting from the field. She added four rebounds and four assists in her 24 minutes of work.
Her teammate, Daress McClung, had a career-high 20 points and Schippers contributed 17.
“Sometimes, good teams have to find ways to win,” said Couture. “This team found a way to win. We got contributions from different people. Right now, we’re trying to mesh on offense and defense. It’ll take a little time.”
Butler’s next game will be the home opener on Saturday against Fairfield. Ball State drops to 0-2 on the young season.