November 18, 2013

Bulldogs Host Falcons in Last Home Game of November

Game Notes

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INDIANAPOLIS – The women's basketball team returns to the court tonight after hosting St. Mary's on Saturday to host the Bowling Green Falcons at 7 p.m. The Bulldogs will look to snap a two-game skid as each of Butler's two losses in the 2013-14 season have been recorded in overtime.

Gameday Information
Date: Monday, Nov. 18, 2013 I 7:00 PM
Location: Indianapolis, Ind. I Hinkle Fieldhouse (10,000)
Webcast: ButlerSports.com
Series History: Bowling Green leads the all-time series over Butler 4-3
Last Meeting: Bowling Green defeated Butler 67-47 during the 2012-13 season

About Butler
Butler fell to St. Mary's on Saturday afternoon 90-86 in overtime. The Bulldogs shot 37 percent from behind the arc in the loss. Senior Daress McClung and juniors Liz Stratman, Ijeoma Uchendu and Sarah Hamm all fouled out in the contest.

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.

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.

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.

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

Scouting Bowling Green
The Falcons are off to a 3-0 start to the 2013-14 season with wins over Michigan, Iona and Niagara. BGSU knocked off the Wolverines 63-52 in the first game of the Iona Tip-off Tournament on Nov. 8 and then came back to record a 51-50 victory over the host Gaels the following night.

The team improved to 3-0 with a 90-58 win over Niagara in the home opener. BGSU will play at Butler before taking part in the 2013 Hall of Fame Challenge this weekend with games against Marist, Old Dominion and host school Ohio State.

Four of Bowling Green's starting five players are 5-11 or taller, making them a tough matchup for any team. The team's leading scorer early in the season is redshirt sophomore Erica Donovan who enters the contest averaging 14 points per game. Senior guard Jillian Halfhill is also a threat to score as she comes into Monday night averaging 13.7 points per game.

The Bulldogs will have to hit the glass on Monday with senior center Jill Stein in the paint for BGSU. Stein is averaging 10 rebounds per game for the Falcons and fifth-year senior Alexis Rogers is also heavily involved in the rebound category, pulling down just over eight boards per night.

Bowling Green is a quality non-conference opponent on Butler's schedule as the Falcons have posted ten-straight 20-win seasons ('04-'13) Since Jennifer Roos took over the head coaching job in 2001, every student-athlete who has played for the Falcons for all four years has won at least one MAC title, has advanced to the NCAA Championships, and has earned her degree.

All-Time Series
Butler will try to even the all-time series against Bowling Green as they currently trail the Falcons 4-3. The Falcons broke the all-time series tie with a 67-47 home win vs. Butler last December. BGSU has held the upper hand in recent matchups posting a 71-61 win over BU during the 2011-12 season and a 73-64 win at Hinkle Fieldhouse in 2010-11. 

The Bulldogs last defeated Bowling Green 61-54 during the 2002-03 season. That year marked the first season under the guidance of head coach Beth Couture. The first all-time meeting between Bowling Green and Butler was played back during the 1997-98 season as the Falcons recorded an 85-67 win at the Central Florida Turkey Shootout.

Bulldog Bits
- Taylor Schippers scored a season-high 18 points vs. St. Mary's
- Butler held St. Mary's without a field goal for the first 11 minutes of the contest
- Four Bulldogs fouled out against St. Mary's (Stratman, McClung, Hamm, Uchendu)
- The Gaels attempted 50 free throws against Butler
- Butler's bench outscored St. Mary's bench 29-7
- Seven different Bulldogs hit a 3-point field goal against the Gaels
- Lexus Murry played a career-high 26 minutes against St. Mary's
- Butler's last two games have gone into overtime
- 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.

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 553.

McDivitt for 3!
Senior Mandy McDivitt has 119 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 two 3-point field goals in her last game vs. St. Mary's.

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 437-277 (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
The Bulldogs will travel to Bloomington, Ind. to face the Hoosiers on Nov. 23 at 2 p.m. before flying to Las Vegas for the 2013 South Point Thanksgiving Shootout in Las Vegas from Nov. 29-30