November 15, 2013

Women’s Basketball Hosts Noon Tip vs. St. Mary’s

Game Notes

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INDIANAPOLIS – The women's basketball team will start a busy day inside Hinkle Fieldhouse with a 12 p.m. tip vs. St. Mary's on Saturday, Nov. 16. The volleyball team will play immediately after the matchup at 2:30 p.m. and the men's basketball team will cap off the tripleheader with an 8 p.m. tip vs. Princeton.

Gameday Information
Date: Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013 I 12:00 PM
Location: Indianapolis, Ind. I Hinkle Fieldhouse (10,000)
Webcast: ButlerSports.com
Series History: St. Mary's leads the all-time series over Butler 3-0
Last Meeting: St. Mary's defeated Butler 85-74 during the 2012-13 season

About Butler
The Butler women's basketball program tasted defeat for the first time this season as they lost a road contest at Eastern Michigan in overtime by the final score of 81-76. Butler had the final possession in the second half, but they couldn't put away EMU as the 'Dogs fall to 1-1 early in the 2013-14 season.

Liz Stratman had a career night on Wednesday with 23 points, 16 rebounds, five assists and five blocks. The junior was on the floor for all 40 minutes as she connected on 10 of her 18 field goal attempts. Daress McClung was another source of points for Butler as she ended the game with 22 points and 11 rebounds.

Both Stratman and McClung used their size against Eastern Michigan to control the paint. Butler outscored EMU 48-24 inside, but poor 3-point shooting kept the Eagles alive as the 'Dogs hit just 4-of-23 from beyond the arc.

The top 3-point shooter for BU on Wednesday was junior Taylor Schippers who chipped in with 17 second half points after spending most of the first half on the sideline with two personal fouls. Ijeoma Uchendu was also in foul trouble for Butler as she ended the game with six points and three rebounds.

Scouting St. Mary's
The Gaels are off to a 2-0 start to the 2013-14 season after defeating Washington and Portland State. St. Mary's came up with a 91-81 win in the season home opener and most recently posted a 72-54 road win at Portland State. Jackie Nared has been on fire for St. Mary's as she enters the contest averaging 27.5 points per game. Nared is shooting 65 percent from the floor (21-32) and 63 percent from distance (7-11). The senior guard has a full stat line after two games with 15 rebounds, nine assists, three blocks and three steals.

Two other players hold a double digit scoring average for St. Mary's as Danielle Mauldin and Kate Gaze find the rim on a nightly basis. Mauldin is a 6-0 forward that averages a double-double with 16.5 points and a team high 11.5 rebounds per contest. Gaze comes into Saturday averaging 12.5 points per game and is also St. Mary's assist leader averaging six per game.

All-Time Series
Butler has never beat St. Mary's as they trail the Gaels 3-0 in the all-time series. The two programs met for the first time during the 1995-96 season at the Arizona State Dial Classic. St. Mary's posted a 76-66 victory over Butler to grab a 1-0 lead and the margin would grow to 2-0 in 2005 as St. Mary's would once again post a 10 point win over the Bulldogs, this time winning 69-59 at the Hilton Concord Thanksgiving Classic.

The most recent game between the Gaels and Bulldogs was held at St. Mary's last year as the all-time series moved to 3-0 after an 85-74 win in the St. Mary's Tournament in late November.

Bulldog Bits
- Liz Stratman set two career-high totals with 23 points and 16 rebounds at EMU.
- Daress McClung recorded a double-double at EMU with 22 points and 11 rebounds.
- Mandy McDivitt recorded a career-high eight rebounds against Eastern Michigan.
- Haley Howard and Blaire Langlois each recorded a career-high four assists at EMU.
- Wednesday night's overtime game featured 11 ties and 13 lead changes.
- Stratman leads the team through two games with nine assists and nine blocks.
- Ijeoma Uchendu made her first career start for Butler against the Eagles.
- The Bulldogs shot 4-23 from 3-point range at EMU after hitting 8-15 in the opener.
- Daress McClung was selected to the Preseason All-BIG EAST Team.

Probable Starters
#1 Taylor Schippers, 5-8 Guard, Junior from Houston, Texas
#3 Haley Howard, 5-11 Forward, Redshirt-Sophomore from Whiteland, Indiana
#5 Liz Stratman, 6-2 Forward, Junior from New Palestine, Indiana
#10 Mandy McDivitt, 5-8 Guard, Senior from Connersville, Indiana
#21 Daress McClung, 6-0 Guard/Forward, Senior from Indianapolis, Indiana

BIG EAST Preseason Poll
1) DePaul (8) - 79 Points
2) Creighton (2) - 67 Points
3) St. John's - 62 Points
4) Villanova - 56 Points
5) Marquette - 55 Points
6) Georgetown - 36 Points
7) Butler - 31 Points
8) Providence - 25 Points
9) Xavier - 20 Points
10) Seton Hall - 19 Points

Preseason All-BIG EAST Team
Daress McClung, Butler, G/F, Sr., 6-0, Indianapolis, Ind.
Marissa Janning, Creighton, G, So., 5-8, Watertown, Minn.
Sarah Nelson, Creighton, F, Sr., 6-0, Omaha, Neb.
Jasmine Penny, DePaul, F, Sr., 6-1, Logansport, Ind.
Andrea White, Georgetown, F, 6-0, Sr., Lancaster, Va.
Katherine Plouffe, Marquette, F, Sr., 6-3, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Tori Rule, Providence, Jr., G, 5-7, Minneapolis, Minn.
Aliyyah Handford, St. John's, G, So., 5-9, Newark, N.J.
Ka-Deidre Simmons, Seton Hall, G, R-Jr., 5-8, Newark, N.J.
Caroline Coyer, Villanova, G, So., 5-10, Oak Hill, Va.

Double-Doubles
Daress McClung and Liz Stratman each recorded their first double-double of the 2013-14 season at Eastern Michigan on Wednesday night. Stratman set two career-highs with 23 points and 16 rebounds. McClung was another force in the lineup as she finished with 22 points and 11 boards.

1,000 Point Club
Senior Daress McClung scored 508 points during her junior season. The standout transfer from Cincinnati has a chance to become just the 22nd player in Butler women's basketball history to reach 1,000 career points. McClung would be the first Bulldog to accomplish the feat in just two years. The last Bulldog to reach 1,000 career points was Brittany Bowen who attended Butler from 2007-11. She ended her career with 1,461 points, the fifth-most in Butler history. McClung's chase to 1,000 is currently at 540.

McDivitt for 3!
Senior Mandy McDivitt has 117 career 3-point field goals placing her 9th all-time in the Butler record book. McDivitt recorded 25 3-point field goals as a freshman, 47 as a sophomore, and 41 as a junior. She made one 3-point field goal in her last game at Eastern Michigan.

Couture Eyes Win #200 at Butler
Head Coach Beth Couture has more wins at the helm of the women's basketball program than any other coach in Butler history. Couture passed Linda Mason to become the winningest coach in program history. Mason won 124 games at Butler from 1976-84. Couture, who is in her 12th season with Butler, has 179 wins entering Saturday's game. Her overall career record is 437-276 (24 seasons).

Butler in the WNIT
The Bulldogs have participated in the WNIT four times in the past five years. The team advanced into the second round in 2008-09 and also have first round appearances in 2009-10, 2010-11 and most recently in 2012-13.

Home Cookin'
Butler only has four non-conference road games on the schedule in 2013-14. The first road test of the season was at Eastern Michigan. The final three road non-conference games of the season are all in the state of Indiana as Butler will travel to face the Hoosiers, Crusaders, and Sycamores before the start of BIG EAST play on Dec. 28.

Viva Las Vegas                                                                                                 
Butler will compete in the 2013 South Point Thanksgiving Shootout in Las Vegas. The Bulldogs will play two games in South Point Arena as they face Utah on Nov. 29 and Eastern Washington on Nov. 30.

Up Next
Butler will host Bowling Green on Monday, Nov. 18 at 7 p.m. The game vs. the Falcons will be the last home game during the month of December as the Bulldogs will travel to Bloomington, Ind. to face the Hoosiers on Nov. 23 before flying to Las Vegas for the 2013 South Point Thanksgiving Shootout in Las Vegas.