Bulldogs Fall to St. Mary's in Overtime

Bulldogs Fall to St. Mary's in Overtime
Taylor Schippers

INDIANAPOLIS - The Butler women's basketball team fell to the visiting St. Mary's Gaels Saturday afternoon 90-86 in overtime. The Bulldogs shot 37 percent from behind the arc in the loss.

"I'm proud of our effort, I thought it was very high today," head coach Beth Couture said. "So proud of some of the kids, it was like putting a puzzle together all game."

Senior Daress McClung and juniors Liz Stratman, Ijeoma Uchendu and Sarah Hamm all fouled out in the contest. 

"I've coached a long time," Couture said. "I have never coached a game that I had four players foul out of. My hat goes off to our players."

Junior Taylor Schippers led the team with 18 points. McClung scored 13 and sophomore Haley Howard scored 12. Sophomore Lexus Murry finished with nine points, five rebounds and four assists.

"If we're down, I know I have to be a spark," Murry said. 

The Bulldogs jumped out to a 19-4 lead with 12 minutes remaining in the first half. Butler's suffocating defense held St. Mary's without a field goal for the first 11 minutes of the contest. 

"We were doing some different things and match ups against them," Couture said. "I thought we really took them out of what they wanted to do."

The Gaels shot 50 free throws in the contest and found themselves in the double bonus with 10 minutes left in the first half. For the game, St. Mary's shot 74 percent from the charity stripe.

"The thing I'm most proud of is that when we went down 14, we increased our energy level and fought back," Couture said.

Butler shot 43 percent from the field in their second straight overtime game. The Bulldogs were outscored 14-10 in the overtime period.

The Bulldogs host Bowling Green at Hinkle Fieldhouse Monday night, Nov. 18. the game tips at 7 p.m. They open BIG EAST Conference play on December 28 when they host Marquette.