March 14, 2011

Bulldogs To Face Wisconsin In WNIT

WNIT BRACKET

INDIANAPOLIS - Making its third straight postseason appearance, the Butler women's basketball team will travel to Wisconsin Wednesday, March 16 for the first round of the WNIT. The Bulldogs, who placed second in both the Horizon League regular season and tournament, have played in the WNIT in each of the past two seasons.

The Bulldogs earned the Horizon League's automatic bid into the WNIT by being the best team in the conference to not make the NCAA Tournament, entering postseason play with a 20-13 record. Strangely, head coach Beth Couture and the Bulldogs just returned from the state of Wisconsin, playing in the Horizon League Championship at Green Bay. Butler won two games to advance to the final before falling to #13/11 Green Bay, 74-63. 

Butler and Wisconsin have played three common opponents: Saint Louis, Milwaukee and Green Bay. The Badgers (15-14) blew out Saint Louis and Milwaukee but lost to Green Bay by 26 back on Nov. 18. Butler was 2-4 against those three schools, defeating Saint Louis and Milwaukee once.

UW is led by Alyssa Karel, scoring 15.0 points per game. Lin Zastrow (13.6) and Tara Steinbauer (10.5) also average double digits. Butler is led by second team All-Horizon League players Brittany Bowen (15.9) and Chloe Hamilton (14.3). Alyssa Pittman averages 11.8 points per game.

Butler, which will be making its fifth WNIT appearance, advanced to the second round of the national tournament in 2009, defeating Duquesne before losing at Marquette. The Bulldogs lost at Missouri Valley regular season champ Illinois State last season.