MADISON, Wis. - A successful Butler women's basketball season came to an end Wednesday night with a 68-48 loss at Wisconsin in the first round of the WNIT. BU, the runner-up in the Horizon League, finishes the season 20-14.
The Bulldogs ran into trouble scoring against the bigger Badgers, who hadn't played since losing in the Big Ten Tournament 13 days prior. Wisconsin's Lin Zastrow scored a game-high 22 points and seven assists. Anya Covington added 16 points and seven boards for Wisconsin (16-14).
BU found itself in foul trouble in the first half but managed to hang tough with Wisconsin. With three players on the bench in foul trouble, Butler managed to take a 22-21 lead on a Hamilton lay-up with 4:19 left in the first half. Wisconsin closed the half on a 9-1 run to lead 30-23 at the break.
Zastrow scored at will in the first half as the Badgers continued to utilize their size advantage. In the second half, Covington did her damage to the tune of 12 points. Wisconsin's lead climbed to double digits before Bowen and Hamilton led a charge. Butler pulled to within 45-39 and had a good look at a 3-pointer that would've cut the deficit to 6, but the shot rimmed out. The Badgers then seized control inside and at the foul line.
UW then pulled away, extending the lead to 64-45 with 2 minutes left. The lead grew to more than 20 as Couture pulled out her seniors.
Butler, which has played in the postseason for three straight seasons, will next season return six players who averaged double-figure minutes this year.