PRATT, Kan. – With a strong second-half defensive effort, the Butler women earned its 20th win of the season with a 59-36 road win at Pratt on Saturday.
The Grizzlies, who outscored Pratt 35-14 in the second half, forced 21 steals and scored 22 points off of turnovers.
Butler (20-6 overall, 10-3 Jayhawk West) held a 24-22 lead the the break, despite going without a field goal for an 8:31 stretch in the first half.
Johnson and Reid added baskets to give Butler the two-point lead at half.
Butler opened the second half with a 15-5 run. Kynadi Johnson scored a three-point play, then Ashley Gibson followed with a fast-break layup on a steal at the 12:48 mark, giving Butler a 39-27 lead.
From that point, Butler kept the margin over double digits. Leading 42-32 with 8:43 to play, the Grizzlies put the game out of reach with a late 17-2 run.
Jurnee Reid led all scorers with 17 points, while Ashley Gibson added 14 points and seven rebounds in the win.
Butler has now reached the 20-win plateau three years in a row and four out of the last five seasons under head coach Mike Helmer.
Butler will next host Cloud County on Wednesday at the Power Plant. Tip off is at 5:30 p.m.