Butler Wins At Saint Louis 67-62

Butler Wins At Saint Louis 67-62
Daress McClung

ST. LOUIS - Led by junior forward Daress McClung and sophomore Hannah Douglas, the Butler women's basketball team picked up a 67-62 win at Saint Louis on Wednesday afternoon. McClung had 22 points on 11-for-12 shooting. Douglas added a season-high 20 points before fouling out.

McClung had 14 points at halftime and added nine rebounds and four assists. Douglas was 6-for-6 and made all three of her 3-point attempts. Saint Louis was led by Jacy Bradley with 17 points.

With Butler leading 64-60 in the final 100 seconds, SLU grabbed an offensive rebounds and converted a pair of free throws. Butler turned the ball over on the next possession and SLU missed a jumper. Sophomore Liz Stratman banked in a lay-up to put BU ahead 66-62 with 12 seconds left. A Butler steal iced the victory, BU's third conference road win of the season.

Butler (16-10, 7-4) led by double figures early in the second half, but SLU scored 11 straight points to tie the game 42-42. A lay-up by McClung and a 3-pointer by Douglas soon put Butler ahead 49-44 with 8:59 on the clock. SLU worked inside and got to the line, converting four free throws ande a jumper by Bradley to tie the score again at 54-54.

Butler punished SLU inside early to gain a big lead. BU scored on its first six possesions to lead 12-5, and extended that to 15-6 at the 13:32 mark. SLU's Mallory Eggert found success in the paint and the Billikens got a 7-0 run to pull within 15-13. The game was tied 17-17 and Eggert was shooting free throws but missed a pair. Douglas scored five points on the next two possessions, and soon an 18-5 run by the Bulldogs lifted them to a 35-22 lead. Butler led 37-28 at halftime.

BU shot a season-high .628 on the day, including .696 in the first half. The Bulldogs continued to share the ball, handing out 21 assists on 27 field goals.

Butler, with just three regular season games left on the schedule, will play its next two contests at home. Richmond visits Hinkle Fieldhouse Saturday, Feb. 23 at 2 p.m.