LIBERAL, Kan. — The Butler women had trouble containing hot starts by No. 8 Seward County on Wednesday night, as the Grizzlies suffered their first loss of the 2017-18 season with a 72-58 defeat at the Green House.
Butler (4-1 overall, 1-1 conference) never led in the contest as Seward jumped to a 9-2 lead to open the game and led 22-15 after one quarter of play. The Saints opened the second quarter with another 9-2 lead and led by as many as 16 points in the first half over Butler.
The Grizzlies were hampered by another slow start in the second half, as Seward took a 48-26 lead behind an 8-0 run in the opening 2:20 of the third quarter.
Seward's largest lead of the contest came after Mollie Mounsey hit a three-pointer near the nine-minute mark, giving the Saints a 62-39 lead.
Butler closed out the game strong behind a 14-3 run midway through the final quarter. However, Butler never could close the lead under double digits, only closing within 12 points.
Butler will next be in action on Saturday with a road contest at Barton. Tipoff from Great Bend is at 5:30 p.m.