Tori Schickel puts a shot up under the rim. Collegian file photo.
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Sophomore guard Michelle Weaver made the game winning shot with seven seconds left.
Both teams started off strong offensively, with Butler leading Xavier 24-20 after the first quarter. The Bulldogs would cool off in the second quarter, and the Musketeers closed the gap, trailing 35-34 at halftime.
The game was close throughout the third quarter with seven lead changes in the 10 minutes of gameplay. The quarter ended with a tip-in from Xavier’s Anniina Aijanen, which gave the Musketeers a 53-52 lead heading into the final quarter.
The game remained close with Xavier leading 64-61 with 2:10 left. However, junior guard Sydney Buck hit a three pointer to tie the game. Xavier’s Marquia Turner followed with a shot to give the Musketeers a 66-64 left, but Tori Schickel answered with two free throws to tie it once more.
Schickel would steal a pass with 41 seconds left. After Weaver missed a layup attempt, the Bulldogs called timeout.
Weaver hit the game winning jumper to give Butler a two-point lead with just seconds remaining. Xavier did get a shot to tie the game and force overtime, but Marquia Turners’ contested layup did not go.
Xavier won the rebound battle 25-20, but the Bulldogs outscored the Musketeers in second-chance points 15-6. Butler won the turnover battle, forcing 15 turnovers while only having 12 giveaways. This led to the Bulldogs outscoring the Musketeers 13-7 off turnovers.
The Bulldogs were led by Schickel, who contributed 28 points and 14 rebounds. Weaver was the only other Butler player in double-digits with 15 points. The Bulldogs converted seven of 19 three point attempts for 36 percent, while the Musketeers were just 3 for 16 from beyond the arch and did not hit a three in the second half.
The women’s team advances to the Big East tournament quarterfinals on March 5. They play the No. 2 seed Creighton University Bluejays at 1p.m. ET in Milwaukee. It will be broadcast live on Fox Sports 2 and can be streamed online on Fox Sports Go.