Second-half surge leads Butler women past Barton, 60-46

Second-half surge leads Butler women past Barton, 60-46

GREAT BEND, Kan. – The Butler women overcame a halftime deficit to beat Barton 60-46 on the road at the Kirkman Center on Monday night. 

Butler trailed by as many as seven early on as Barton took a 15-8 lead. Butler would take its first lead at 16-15 on a Brayden Byrd bucket with 7:54 left in the first half. Butler would lead by one four different times in the first half, and were tied 24-24 with 2:02 to play after a bucket by Sarah Parker.  

Barton would score the final seven points of the first half, including a 3-pointer by Katrina Roenfeldt as time expired, to lead Butler 31-24 at the break.

The Grizzlies scored seven quick points to start the second half as Jurnee Reid scored the first five points and Amari Dennis hit a jumper to tie the game 31-31 with 17:42 to play.

Barton would lead 38-36 but Jurnee Reid scored to tie the game and Amari Dennis' bucket with 10:58 to go put the Grizzlies ahead 40-38. That was the start of a 16-3 Butler run that pushed the lead to double digits for the first time.

Butler would lead by as many as 16 points after a bucket by Elayna Spilker with 3:10 to go. At that point, Butler had outscored Barton 34-11 in the second half.

The Grizzlies defensively put the clamps on the Cougar attack in the second half holding Barton to just 10.5 percent shooting on two made field goals that resulted in five points. The Cougars managaed only 15 points total after the halftime intermission.

Katie Palmer led the Butler surge in the second half and finished with 16 points. Ashley Gibson scored 14, while Jurnee Reid had nine. Reid and Gibson led Butler with eight rebounds apiece.

Butler is now 18-6 overall and 8-3 in Jayhawk West Conference play. The Grizzlies will be home on Wednesday to face Colby before travelling to Pratt on Saturday.