Women’s basketball unable to close out against Wisconsin

Freshman guard Sydney Shelton dribbles the ball against East Tennessee State. Photo by Jimmy Lafakis.

DANA LEE | SPORTS REPORTER| delee1@butler.edu

The Butler University women’s basketball team fell in their first away game of the season 60-55 to the University of Wisconsin-Madison in tightly contested match on Nov. 20. The Bulldogs are now 2-2 this season.

Both teams kept the scoring margins close in the first three quarters. Butler maintained a two point lead throughout by scoring 14 points to Wisconsin’s 12 points in the first quarter. Each opponent matched points in the second and third quarters.

The Bulldogs’ offense was powered by the trio consisting of forward Tori Schickel and guards Michelle Weaver and Kristen Spolyar.

Schickel contributed 15 points while leading the team defensively with nine rebounds. Weaver finished with 20 points while Spolyar added 17 points. The freshman guard averaged 18 points per game last week to earn Big East Freshman of the Week honors on Nov. 14.

The Badgers capitalized on Butler turnovers, resulting in 21 points for the afternoon. Wisconsin also netted 19 free throws in the second half compared to Butler’s 9.

The Bulldogs shot over 40 percent from the field in the second half, however, the Badgers’ strong offensive push in the fourth would propel Wisconsin forward for the win.

Butler will return to Hinkle Fieldhouse on Nov. 22 to face the University of Central Florida at 7 p.m.