SEMINOLE, Okla. – Ashley Gibson connected on 13-of-21 (62 percent) shots, grabbed 11 rebounds and scored a career-high 37 points as No. 9 Butler broke away from Seminole State 74-59 on the road Saturday. Sophomores Katie Palmer and Elayna Spilker added 10 points apiece for the Grizzlies (5-2), while freshman Nia Roberts was a key contributor finishing with three points, a career-high six assists and four rebounds. Spilker's 10 points was also a career high.
The first half was back and forth, as the Grizzlies went into the halftime intermission leading 42-38. A Gibson driving layup at the 14:42 mark of the second half gave the Grizzlies a 46-43 lead, a lead that Butler would not surrender. It was then that the Grizzlies used a 14-5 run to put the game out of reach for good. Gibson matched Seminole State's entire second-half points production with 21 points, while connecting on 11-of-13 (85 percent) from the charity stripe for the game.
As a team, Butler finished with 18 assists on 23-of-55 shooting from the field (42 percent) and hit 25-of-29 (86 percent) from the free throw line. The Grizzlies out-rebounded the Belles 36-to-26, held them to just 28.5 percent (14-of-49) shooting from the field and forced 14 Seminole State turnovers.
The Grizzlies return home on Tuesday Nov. 18, as they look to extend their 26-game home winning streak that dates back to January of 2013. Game time is set for 5:30 p.m.