Butler women’s basketball snaps seven game losing streak, defeats Providence

ZACH HORRALL | SPORTS CO-EDITOR | zhorrall@butler.edu

The Butler University women’s basketball team snapped a seven game losing streak to defeat Providence College 65-50 and win their second game of 2016 on Feb. 7 at Hinkle Fieldhouse.

The Bulldogs’ other 2016 win also came against the Friars on their court Jan. 8. They now sit at 8-15 on the season and 3-9 in the Big East Conference, which is good enough for a ninth place ranking ahead of Providence.

Butler started off the game with an 8-0 run. Providence finally found their groove and caught up to the Bulldogs. Butler lead 19-13 at the end of the first quarter.

Providence shined the most in the second quarter, outscoring Butler 16-13 and going on a 11-4 tear to end the quarter. Senior forward Evi Iiskola led the Friars in the quarter with six points. No Butler player scored more than five. Still, Butler went into halftime with a 32-29 lead.

The Bulldogs took their turn and opened the third quarter with a 7-0 run. Providence fought back and shrunk the lead to six by the end of the quarter. Butler was ahead 46-40 as they prepared for the final 10 minutes.

Butler surged in the fourth quarter, going on a 9-0 run in the final 90 seconds to secure the victory.

Sophomore guard Allegra Botteghi led the way for the Friars with 15 points and six rebounds. Iiskola also tallied up 11 points.

Freshman forward Brittany Ward led the way for the Bulldogs with 16 points and nine rebounds. Redshirt freshman guard/forward Nicole Orr also pulled through and scored 13 points, while senior guard Blaire Langlois scored 12 points and had six rebounds.

All seven Butler players that saw playing time today scored points.

The Bulldogs head into a two-game weekend as they play Marquette University on Feb. 12 at 8 p.m. ET and at DePaul University on Feb. 14 at 3 p.m. ET. Both games can be watched live on the Big East Digital Network.