IOWA CITY, Iowa - The Butler women's basketball team opened the 2011-12 season with a 62-39 loss to UNLV at Iowa's Hawkeye Challenge. Sophomore Mandy McDivitt led BU with 11 points.
The Bulldogs fell behind early after shooting 6-for-29 (.207) in the first half. UNLV led 33-16 at halftime. Butler was better in the second half but couldn't keep up with the Rebels, who were led by Sandrine Nzeukou's 21 points and 15 rebounds.
Butler had a 19-4 advantage in bench points but couldn't get anything inside. Butler shot just two free throws, missing both attempts. UNLV was 18-for-24 at the foul line, including a 9-for-10 effort by Nzeukou. Kelli Thompson, UNLV's leading scorer last year, added 16 points.
Butler will take on Harvard Sunday, Nov. 13 in the tourney's consolation game. Harvard lost 90-81 to host Iowa.