Tori Schickel drives to the basket. The Bulldogs face Providence in the first round of the Big East Tournament on March 3. Collegian file photo.
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Who: Butler vs. Providence
When: Saturday, March 3, 5 p.m.
Where: Wintrust Arena, Chicago, Illinois
How to Watch: Big East Digital Network
Despite ending the regular season with a rough stretch of games, the Butler women’s basketball team will have little time to look back in the meantime. Butler, the eight-seed, will take on ninth-seeded Providence College in the first round of the Big East Tournament on March 3 in Chicago.
Center Tori Schickel recorded a combined 39 points in the team’s two previous wins over Providence, while guard Whitney Jennings totaled 30 points to help Butler defeat Providence by double digits in both matchups.
Advancing to the NCAA Tournament would require a Big East championship, which is still four wins away.
“We’re going to have to play at a very efficient rate,” head coach Kurt Godlevske said. “We’re going to have to shoot the ball very well, and we’re not going to be able to take any breaks on the defensive end.”
In the two years prior, Butler defeated Xavier University in the first round of the tournament before falling in the quarterfinals both years.
“We’ve been in this position before,” Schickel said. “We’re actually better than what we have been the past couple years.”
With a Big East record of 6-12, Butler is coming off their best conference season since 2014-15.
We [just need to] focus on what we do specifically good,” Schickel said. “Because you play four games in four days, you don’t have a lot of time to prepare for a team. So it’s more about what you do instead of what the other teams do.”
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