2012-13 Butler Women's Basketball
The Starting 5 - Butler's Top Storylines
1. Senior Day: Wednesday's game against Temple is the final home game for Butler this year and the program's two seniors will be recognized. Becca Bornhorst, a four-year player who has appeared in 69 game (31 starts), will start and be honored as the only senior player. She owns career averages of 4.0 points and 4.4 rebounds. Evan Eichhorn, a native of Libertyville, Ill., was a three-year manager for the team.
2. Watch Out For Hannah: Last year's Senior Day game was a memorable one for Hannah Douglas, who was a freshman last season. Douglas exploded for a career-best 31 points in a win over Wright State. She shot 12-for-20 and made four 3-pointers. Last year's seniors were Devin Brierly and Kaley May.
3. 'Do-It-All' Daress: Daress McClung, who scored 22 points at Saint Louis, has filled the stat sheet almost on a nightly basis. The 6-0 junior ranks third in the A-10 in points (16.6) and blocks (2.5) while standing fourth in rebounds (9.3) and steals (2.3). She also appears among the league's top 10 in field goal and free throw percentage. She owns seven outings with 4+ blocks and seven games with 4+ steals. McClung has scored 20 points or more eight times this year and owns nine of Butler's 11 double-doubles this season.
4. Block Party: The Bulldogs are leading the A-10 and currently rank fourth in the country in blocked shots with 6.0 swats per game. Nine times this season the Bulldogs have rejected at least eight shots in a game. BU swatted a season-best 12 shots against Illinois State and also had 11 blocks vs. Valparaiso and La Salle. In addition to Daress McClung ranking third in the A-10 in blocks (2.5), Liz Stratman averages 2.6 swats per game and is on pace to be ranked nationally when she has played in enough games. Stratman had four blocks or more five different times this season.
5. Nice Meeting You: Butler played nine first-time opponents this season, seven of which are A-10 opponents. Butler went 3-6 this year against first-time opponents. BU's first-time opponents this year were: Fairfield, Portland State, Charlotte, St. Joseph's, UMass, VCU, George Washington, St. Bonaventure and Richmond. The majority of the new opponents were a result of BU's move to the A-10.
Butler vs. Temple: Butler and Temple have played once, with TU winning 82-53 back in 1988. The next season, Beth Couture was tabbed head coach at Presbyterian in South Carolina. The game was played at Northern Illinois.
BU Hall Of Famers: Two former Butler women's basketball players, Melissa Kilgore (1984-88) and Missi Nelson (1988-89), are going to be inducted into the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame.
Pair Of 20s: Daress McClung (22 points) and Hannah Douglas (20) led Butler in scoring at Saint Louis. It was the first time this season two BU players have scored 20 points in the same game. It was the first time since Devin Brierly and Sarah Hamm combined for 41 at Loyola last February.
Hannah's Best Game: Hannah Douglas scored a season-best 20 points in Butler's win at Saint Louis. Douglas was 6-for-7 from the floor and made all three of her 3-pointers. Her previous season high was 13, which she had scored four times this season. Her career high came last season, when she scored 31 against Wright State.
Improved Shooting: Butler defeated St. Bonaventure and Saint Louis largely due to its hot shooting. The Bulldogs shot a season-high .628 (27-43) to win at Saint Louis. Three days earlier, the Bulldogs posted a .451 shooting percentage vs. St. Bonaventure. Over the past two games, Butler is 15-for-30 from 3-point range, including a 10-for-20 mark against SBU.
Player of the Week Twice: Daress McClung has been picked as Atlantic 10 Women's Basketball Player of the Week twice this season. Her first honor came Dec. 17 after she had 15 points and 13 rebounds in a win at Northern Kentucky. The 6-0 forward picked up another notice on Jan. 7 after posting 26.5 points and 15.0 rebounds in BU's wins at Cleveland State and UIC. She posted 22 points and 18 rebounds at CSU then totaled 31 points and 12 rebounds to lead BU to an 84-61 win in Chicago.
Daress' Big Games: Daress McClung, BU's leader in scoring, rebounding, steals and blocks, has put together some monster games this season. She owns eight outings with 20+ points, and 12 games with at least 19 points. McClung, who owns nine double-doubles this season, has scored in double figures 22 times this season.
Bounce Back: The trend this season is for Butler to respond big after a defeat. Butler is 5-2 after a double-digit loss. BU rebounded to beat Ball State, Eastern Michigan, Indiana, Xavier and St. Bonavenure after losing by 10 or more in the previous game.
Taylor's 10: Taylor Schippers had 10 assists at Saint Louis, her second game with 10 assists this season. She also passed 10 helpers at UIC in January. Schippers is seventh in the A-10 with 4.1 assists per game.
A-10 Defense: Butler has done an excellent job defending A-10 opponents in league play. The Bulldogs are third in the conference in field goal percentage defense in league play, holding teams to .365 shooting. Butler has held five opponents (Xavier, VCU, UMass, St. Joe's and Charlotte) to worse that 33 percent shooting. VCU, La Salle, Rhode Island and St. Bonaventure each failed to score 50 points against Butler.
Quickly On Richmond: Butler was three games ahead of Richmond in the standings heading into last Saturday's game, but the result looked the other way around in a 68-44 Butler loss. Richmond shot .490 from the floor, the highest shooting percentage allowed by BU this season. UR also had a 20-3 advantage in points off turnovers and a 21-4 advantage in bench scoring. Richmond shot .607 in the first half to lead 43-21 at halftime.
More On Shooting: BU built a 37-28 lead at halftime at Saint Louis thanks to .696 shooting. It shot .550 in the second half and hung on to win 67-62. Daress McClung was 11-for-12 from the floor and Hannah Douglas was 6-for-7.
Sharing The Ball: Butler is averaging 17.0 assists over the last three games. BU was credited with 21 assists on its 27 field goals at Saint Louis. Against St. Bonaventure, the Dawgs passed 19 assists. Butler is fourth in the A-10 with 14.4 assists per game. For the season, BU assists on 65.4 percent of its field goals.
Mandy Makes 3s: Mandy McDivitt scored 12 points vs. St. Bonaventure, tying her season high. She buried four 3-pointers on the day. Over the last three games, McDivitt is 7-for-14 from beyond the arc. For her career, the junior guard has made 128 field goals, 105 of them 3-pointers. Twice last season, McDivitt made six 3-pointers in a game.
Outshot Charlotte: Butler recorded a .440 field goal percentage and actually made one more field goal in the loss at Charlotte. Defensively, BU held Charlotte to .323 shooting, a season low for the 49ers. It stands as the only time this season Butler lost when posting a better field goal percentage than its opponent.
Against A-10's Best: Butler has had two of the leading A-10 teams on the ropes on the road. Playing at St. Joe's, BU led by as many as 12 and held a 46-44 lead with 6:10 to play in the game. SJU would come back to win late. At Charlotte, Butler led 35-26 at one point and had a 49-47 lead with 5:06 left. Charlotte won in the final minutes.
Double-Double Duos: Twice this season BU has had two players with a double-double in the same game. Daress McClung (31 pts, 12 rebs) and Taylor Schippers (10 pts, 10 asts) posted double-doubles at UIC and McClung (20 points, 10 rebs) and Liz Stratman (14 points, 10 rebs) did at UMass.
In The Classroom: Seven BU players earned a 3.30 GPA or better during the fall semester. As a team, the Bulldogs boast a 3.14 cumulative GPA.
Hannah Consistent: Hannah Douglas, who scored 20 points at Saint Louis, has been a consistent scorer, posting between 9 and 13 points 14 times this season. She has scored exactly 13 points four times this season and has three outings with 12 points each. Her emergence slashing to the basket and crashing the offensive glass gives BU a dependable perimeter scorer on the wing.
Couture's Cause: When not patrolling the Butler sideline, Beth Couture has spent her time in the battle against breast cancer. Couture, who was diagnosed with breast cancer in the spring of 2009, rushed through treatments to make it on the sidelines for the start of the 2009-10 season. Couture is cancer-free and has participated in several awareness events. She has served as honorary chairwoman for St. Vincent Women of Hope, a breast cancer awareness group. Each Woman of Hope participant pledges to raise or give $1,000 annually for the cancer cause of her choice.
Schippers Icing Games: If Butler has a late lead, the Bulldogs' primary option is Taylor Schippers. The BU point guard is shooting .827 from the foul line (43-of-52) during the last 5:00 of games this season. Also, Daress McClung (.813) and Hannah Douglas (.792) have converted late-situation foul shots. As a team, Butler is shooting .714 at the FT line during the last five minutes. Overall, Schippers stands fourth in the conference with an .800 mark at the foul line.
In The National Rankings: In addition to being fourth in the country in blocks (6.0), BU stands among the nation's best in passing and protecting the ball. Butler ranks 75th in turnovers per game (15.4) and 57th in assist-turnover ratio (0.94). The Bulldogs are also 70th in the country in assists (14.6). Individually, Daress McClung stands 19th in blocks and 67th in rebounding. Taylor Schippers stands 91st in free throw percentage and 99th in assists.
Charity Work: Butler is 5-0 this season when attempting at least 20 free throws, and 9-2 when making more FTs than its opponents. Losses at St. Joe's and Charlotte could've gone differently if Butler had shot free throws. BU had just two foul shots at Charlotte and four at Saint Joseph's.
Not A Bad Weekend: Beth Couture called Daress McClung's performances against Cleveland State and UIC in January the best back-to-back games she's seen as a coach. McClung posted 22 points and 18 boards at Cleveland State and then followed that with her 31-point, 12-board outburst at UIC.
Got 20 On It: Butler is aiming for its fifth 20-win season over the last six years. Butler had won 20 games in each of the past four seasons before last season. The Bulldogs went 20-14 in 2010-11 and finished second in the Horizon League. The Bulldogs were 23-10 in 2009-10, the team's most wins since 1998. BU was 20-10 in 2007-08 and followed that with a 20-12 season in 2008-09. Butler was 96-62 during the five seasons before this year.
Big Ten Win: Butler's 59-56 win over Indiana on Dec. 9 was BU's first win over a Big Ten opponent for Beth Couture and the first since 1998. That season, BU defeated both Michigan State and Illinois. BU led by 22 at one point and had a 40-25 lead before hanging on in the final minute.
Notable Sweeps: Butler will have bragging rights within Indiana borders and against former league foes for the next year. BU went 5-0 against Indiana schools and 3-0 against Horizon League schools. It marks the second time Butler has swept Indiana schools under Beth Couture. In 2009-10, BU went 6-0 against in-state opponents.
Up Next: Butler concludes its regular season Sunday, March 3 at Duquesne at 2 p.m. ET.