NEWPORT NEWS, Va. - Junior Daress McClung, who led Butler to a pair of road wins over the weekend, has been picked as Atlantic 10 Women's Basketball Player of the Week. It is the second time this season she has claimed the honor.
McClung, a 6-0 forward and Indianapolis native, averaged 26.5 points and 15.0 rebounds in BU's wins at Cleveland State and UIC. She started the weekend with 22 points and a 18 rebounds to lead Butler to a 56-54 win at CSU on Thursday night. She also blocked three shots against the Vikings.
"I'm proud of Daress. In my coaching career, those were probably the best back-to-back performances I have seen," head coach Beth Couture said. "At times, I caught myself watching and enjoying her play instead of coaching. I'm glad she was able to be recognized because she certainly deserved it, on both ends of the floor."
Her 22 points at Cleveland State was a career high until she scored 22 at UIC - by halftime. McClung finished with 31 points and 12 rebounds on 13-for-17 shooting to lead BU to an 84-61 win in Chicago. McClung scored Butler's first 12 points of the game as the Bulldogs made short work of the Flames.
McClung, in her first season at Butler after transferring from Cincinnati, is third in the Atlantic 10 Conference in both scoring (16.7) and rebounding (10.2). She also leads the league in blocks (2.7) and is fourth in steals (2.5). McClung has seven double-doubles this season and she's scored 15 points or more 11 times this season.
Butler finished non-conference play with a 9-6 record and enters its first season as an A-10 member this weekend. The Bulldogs host league-leading and 18th-ranked Dayton Saturday, Jan. 12 at noon.