January 3, 2013

Late Stops Get Butler A Road Win

CLEVELAND, Ohio - Junior Daress McClung had career highs of 22 points and 18 rebounds and the Butler women's basketball team won the final minute to defeat Cleveland State at the Wolstein Center on Thursday.

Cleveland State led for much of the second half but the Bulldogs got the stops needed to eventually get back into the game. CSU went for a span of 7:07 without a field goal and that allowed BU to erase a 50-44 deficit. BU took a 52-51 lead with 1:51 to go when Cleveland State's hit a 3-pointer to give the Vikings a 54-53.

Following the trey by Coleman, Butler went to McClung, who scored her ninth field goal of the night. BU had a 55-54 lead. Butler got a stop on the next possession, but then missed a runner with 15 seconds to go. CSU got the rebound and called timeout, trailing by one with 11 seconds to go. Cleveland State's Shalonda Winton's game-winning attempt fell short and BU iced the game at the foul line.

McClung finished 9-for-21 from the floor and made all four of her foul shots. She also blocked three shots. She had 14 points and nine rebounds by halftime.

"I thought Daress was unbelievable," head coach Beth Couture said. "She was getting deep in the paint and making shots. She was really good. She carried us. We needed some paint shots and she came through."

The two teams were essentially even in the first half. Butler led 6-1 early and appeared to have played better in more areas. CSU's perimeter shooting and slight edge at the free throw line kept CSU in the game. Cleveland State made five 3-pointers in the first period and led 27-25 at the break.

The defensive efforts of Mandy McDivitt and Hannah Douglas limited Winton, CSU's star player, to 15 points on 4-for-12 shooting. "They made it hard on her and frustrated her," Couture added.

Butler improved to 27-13 all-time against Cleveland State, a former conference opponent in the Horizon League. 

The Bulldogs (8-6) will play their final non-conference game when they play UIC in Chicago Saturday, Jan. 5.