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Butler women record win at Georgetown

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Butler women’s basketball team improved to 2-0 in the Big East Conference and 12-1 on the season by recording a 59-50 road win at Georgetown on Monday afternoon. The outcome marks Butler’s first-ever 2-0 start to league play.

Logansport’s Whitney Jennings highlighted the game with 23 points, four assists and three rebounds. Twelve of her game-high 23 points came in the third quarter.

Jennings supplied the scoring in the victory over the Hoyas, but great overall team defense would help BU prevail. The Bulldogs limited Georgetown to just six points in the fourth quarter. They erased a three-point halftime deficit in the third and would outscored Georgetown 11-6 over the final 10 minutes.

Butler dished out 15 assists on 20 made field goals and dominated the glass to win the rebound battle 46-25. Offensive rebounds broke down to 17-4 with Butler’s Shae Brey collecting five on the offensive glass. Brey led all players with 12 rebounds. She ended the road trip with 24 total boards.

Kristen Spolyar just missed a double-double with 15 points and eight rebounds. Tori Schickel was also important in the final outcome with eight points and seven boards.

Michelle Weaver spent most of the afternoon shadowing Big East Player of the Week Dionna White. Weaver limited White to just 11 points on 4-of-13 shooting. No other Hoya would reach a double figure scoring total.

Butler hosts Seton Hall on Friday.

— Butler University

Pacers beat Hawks for 5th straight win

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Myles Turner provided the Indiana Pacers with a more physical presence over the past month.

They’re hoping he keeps it up — with a revamped look.

Turner scored 20 points, grabbed eight rebounds and blocked four shots in less than 24 minutes Monday, helping to lead the Indiana Pacers past Atlanta 116-108 before breaking his nose midway through the third quarter.

“Luckily it wasn’t anything major,” All-Star guard Victor Oladipo said after scoring 22 points. “He’ll be back. He’ll be fine. He’ll be all right with the mask but he’s going to have to get used to it.”

Turner departed with 4:44 left in the third quarter and did not return.

Titans’ Mariota needs rest, not surgery

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Titans’ quest for a second straight postseason ended with injured quarterback Marcus Mariota watching from the sideline .

Luckily for the Titans, Mariota said a neck specialist has made clear only rest is needed — no surgery — to heal nerves frayed by injuries that knocked him out of three different games this season.

“What it came down to was just allowing time for the nerve to heal,” Mariota said Monday. “Unfortunately, I’ve had several nerve injuries throughout the course of the year, and it just left me susceptible to a bigger injury. And when it came down to it, he felt through time and some rest, the nerve should calm down and it should fully recover.”

Without Mariota, the Titans lost 33-17 on Sunday night to Indianapolis to snap a four-game winning streak and miss out on the AFC’s sixth and final playoff spot that went to the Colts. Mariota called sitting out “very disappointing.”

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