GREAT BEND, Kan. – The Butler women fell 83-50 on the road at Barton on Saturday.
The Grizzlies, ranked 10th nationally, were controlled by the Cougars throughout, but especially in the third quarter.
Butler got on the board first with a bucket by Jalise Smallwood, but Barton would score four straight to take a lead it would never relinquish. The Grizzlies would get within a point at 12-11, but Barton responded with a 10-1 run, leading 22-12. Butler would get three free throws in the closing moments of the quarter, but Barton still led 22-15 going to the second quarter.
Butler then went five minutes into the second quarter without scoring, allowing Barton to double up the Grizzlies at 30-15. That was the same margin at the half, as Barton led 38-23.
Taylor Birch hit a 3-pointer for Butler early in the third quarter, but the Grizzlies could not slow down Barton. The Cougars outscored Butler 31-11, pushing the lead to 69-34 going to the fourth quarter.
Butler shot just 27 percent in the game (14-52) and was even colder from 3-point range at 17 percent (3-18). Barton made 46 percent of its shots (25-54) and knocked down 10 from 3-point range.
Butler is now 13-2 on the season and 4-2 in Jayhawk Conference play. The Grizzlies will be on the road at Pratt on Wednesday.