Big Second Half Nets BU Win At UMass

Taylor Schippers

AMHERST, Mass. - Butler's two leading scorers, Daress McClung and Taylor Schippers, combined for 39 points and the Butler women's basketball team pulled away for a 75-61 win at Massachusetts on Wednesday.

McClung led the Dawgs with 20 points and 10 rebounds, posting her eighth double-double of the season. She also blocked four shots, her seventh outing with four or more blocks this year. Schippers mixed deep 3-pointers and dribble penetration en route to 19 points. It was her highest point total since the team's California trip in November.

"Taylor was good on both ends tonight," head coach Beth Couture said. "She made some shots and did a good job doubling down on their posts in the second half."

Sophomore Liz Stratman, making her first career start, added 14 points and 10 rebounds with four blocks and four assists.

Butler dominated the second half to move to 3-1 in Atlantic 10 play. BU has won nine of its last 11 games. Down by a basket at halftime, the Bulldogs outscored the Minutemen 42-26 in the second period.

The game was tied 43-43 when Butler took the game over for good. A 9-0 run that included four points by McClung put the Dawgs ahead 52-43 with 9:41 left. Leading 52-47, Butler added an 11-0 run and the game was over. UMass decided to foul down the stretch to extend the game, but the Bulldogs maintained the double-digit lead with free throws. 

UMass pounded Butler on the glass early, grabbing nine offensive rebounds on the way to a 22-16 lead. Butler answered with a 7-0 run, capped with a 3-pointer by Douglas that put the Bulldogs ahead 23-22 at the 7:47 mark. The Bulldogs led 28-27 but the Minutement scored five points to lead 32-28. 

UMass and Butler would trade baskets in the final minutes of the first half. Schippers scored five points to close the but the Minutemen held a 35-33 lead at the break.

Jasmine Watson, UMass' leading scorer and an Indiana native, led Massachusetts with 15 points and eight rebounds.

The Bulldogs return home Sunday, Jan. 27 against VCU at 2 p.m.