INDIANAPOLIS — The Butler women's basketball team was unable to slow No. 12/9 Green Bay, losing 60-36 Thursday night at Hinkle Fieldhouse. Despite the loss, Butler held the unbeaten Phoenix (18-0, 8-0) to its lowest offensive output of the season. Green Bay's previous low was 65 points against Big 10 opponent Wisconsin on Dec. 23.
The Bulldogs (7-12, 3-5) struck first with a layup by junior forward Becca Bornhorst, however, Green Bay responded with a 15-5 run sparked by six points from junior guard Adrian Ritchie.
Trailing 15-7, Butler freshman guard Hannah Douglas misfired on the front end of a one-and-one, missing out on an opportunity to cut into the Phoenix lead.
On the ensuing Green Bay possession, senior forward Julie Wojta drove to the basket for a layup. Wojta, who entered the game as the nations No. 22 scorer, then stole the ball from Butler senior guard Devin Brierly and dished to freshman guard Megan Lukan for the score, giving the Phoenix a 19-7 lead.
Wojta finished with a game-high 15 points.
En route to forcing 19 first-half turnovers, Green Bay would end the half on a 23-6 scoring run, taking a 42-13 lead into the intermission.
The Bulldogs' 13 first-half points marked their slowest start since scoring 16 in the first half in a Nov. 12 loss to UNLV. The Phoenix strong defensive effort resulted in Butler committing a season-high 30 turnovers and making just eight field goals, a season low.
To combat Green Bay's tenacious defense, Butler sophomore guard Jenna Cobb amped up her own defense, tying a season-high with six steals. Cobb also hauled down a game-high 10 rebounds. Led by Cobb, Butler would respond in the second half, opening with a 17-8 run and outscoring Green Bay 23-18.
"In the second half, Jenna was the toughest kid on the floor," Butler coach Beth Couture said. "She and Sarah Hamm were bright spots."
Hamm, a sophomore, posted all of her seven points and game-high three blocks in the second half.
Brierly posted a team-high nine points, including 6-for-8 free throw shooting.
Butler will look to rebound from the loss when it hosts Milwaukee on Saturday, Jan. 28 at 2 p.m. ET. The game is a "white out" with fans being encouraged to wear white. The first 200 fans to arrive will receive a free t-shirt courtesy of the Butler Athletic Department.