CHICAGO - The Butler women's basketball season came to an end with a 66-53 loss at UIC in the quarterfinal of the Horizon League Women's Basketball Championship. Sophomore Mandy McDivitt and senior Devin Brierly led the Bulldogs with 15 points apiece.
Kiara Strickland led UIC with 17 points and all-league player Jasmine Bailey had 15 points and 13 rebounds.
The Bulldogs struggled early, falling behind 11-0 and couldn't recover. Butler missed its first 10 shots before a McDivitt 3-pointer at the 14:41 mark. Only two of Butler's first 20 field goal attempts were successful as UIC built a 19-7 lead.
Still, a trey by McDivitt and a lay-up by freshman Amanda Raker put BU squarely in the game. UIC led 25-16 with 2:13 left in the half. The two teams traded 3-point baskets before a 3-point play by Bailey put UIC ahead 31-19 at the half.
Butler trimmed the lead to 41-30 early in the second half, but UIC went on a 9-0 run to lead 50-30 and force a Bulldog timeout. Butler continued to battle, and four quick points by junior Becca Bornhorst pulled Butler to within 56-46 with 4:55 remaining in the game. On the next possession, Brierly was fouled on a 3-point attempt and made two free throws to make it 56-48. Taylor Foulks answered with a trey to put UIC ahead 59-48.
A couple late baskets by Strickland iced the game. Her pull-up jumper with 1:04 left in the game put the Flames up 66-50.
The Flames owned a 43-27 rebounding edge and shot .440 from the floor. One area where Butler did excel was in the turnover battle. BU committed just 10 miscues while forcing 18 UIC turnovers.
Butler's season ends with a 13-17 overall record. The Bulldogs had won 20 games in each of the previous four seasons.