The Butler women’s basketball team pushed its win streak to eight games with a 67-59 win at Providence Friday night.
The Bulldogs are now 12-9 on the year and 8-2 in the conference, just a half game behind first place Seton Hall.
Friday’s win caps off a perfect month of January – beginning with 66-61 home win over Providence, and ending with Friday’s win against the Friars.
Butler senior forward Ijeoma Uchendu had a game-high 19 points and nine rebounds. Sophomore Loryn Goodwin and Sydney had 13 and 12 points, respectively.
Senior Belle Obert added six points and 12 rebounds.
Butler held a 29-19 halftime lead. That lead swelled to as big as 12 points in the second half, but the Friars climbed back in, getting as close as 51-45 with under 10:oo to play.
The Bulldogs were able to hold off the Friars, despite going just 6-of-12 from the free throw line over the final 2:12. Butler shot 12-of-21 from the line on the night.
Senior Alexis Harris paced the Friars with 18 points, while junior Evi Iiskola had 12 and freshman Allegra Botteghi had 11.
Butler heads west Saturday in preparation for Sunday’s bout with Creighton University in Omaha, Neb. The Bulldogs beat Creighton 63-58 in the second game of the current eight-game streak.
Creighton is 11-10 on the year with a 4-6 mark in the Big East. The Bluejays have won two straight since losing to DePaul 96-71 on Jan. 23.
Goodwin had 26 and Uchendu put up 23 in the first meeting between the Bulldogs and Bluejays.
Creighton’s MC McGrory had a team-high 17 in that game.