EL DORADO, Kan. – The Butler women struggled offensively and couldn't keep pace with No. 6 Seward in a 61-48 loss on Saturday, snapping a 33-game home winning streak at the Power Plant.
Butler (15-5 overall) is in third place in the Jayhawk West standings at 5-2, while Seward (6-0) remains a half-game behind #1 Hutchinson (7-0) in second place.
Butler scored first on a 3-pointer by Jurnee Reid to open the game but the Saints answered with an 11-0 run. Butler would get within seven when Elayna Spilker scored on a reverse layup with four minutes left in the half to make it 22-15, but Seward would go on a 12-2 run this time to lead 34-17. The Grizzlies got the final three points of the half and trailed 34-20 at the break.
Reid started the second half like she did the first, hitting a 3-pointer as Butler got within 11 points at 34-23. Seward, however, quickly pushed the lead to 18 after a 3-pointer made it 44-26 with 15 minutes to go.
Butler would once again get within 11 after a basket by Millie Shade, but got no closer down the stretch. Seward would lead by as many as 21.
The Grizzlies now go on the road for a pair of games, as they will play at Dodge City on Wednesday and at Garden City on Saturday.