November 22, 2013

Bulldogs at Bloomington This Saturday

Game Notes

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INDIANAPOLIS – Butler will play on the road for the second time this season as they travel to Bloomington, Ind. to face the Indiana Hoosiers on Saturday at 2 p.m. The Bulldogs will try to make it two in a row as they defeated Indiana for the first time in program history last year at Hinkle Fieldhouse.

Gameday Information
Date: Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013 I 2:00 PM
Location: Bloomington, Ind. I Assembly Hall (17,472)
Series History: Indiana leads the all-time series over Butler 4-1
Last Meeting: Butler defeated Indiana 59-55 during the 2012-13 season

About Butler
Butler held a 27-22 lead over Bowling Green at halftime of Monday night's game, but the advantage didn't last as the Falcons came back to win 61-57. Butler never trailed in the first half, but a 10-4 run out of the break gave BGSU the momentum they need to improve to 4-0.

Senior Daress McClung posted a double-double for Butler with 12 points and 10 rebounds. McClung owned the paint in the first half collecting nine of her 10 boards in the first 20 minutes of the game. Other Bulldogs to reach a double figure scoring total included Haley Howard and Liz Stratman. Howard scored a team-high 13 points on 6-of-12 shooting and Stratman played tough in the post to net 10 points.

BGSU was led by redshirt senior Alexis Rogers who scored a game-high 17 points while grabbing eight rebounds. Miriam Justinger and Jill Stein also impacted the game as Justinger poured in 13 points and Stein hauled down a team-high nine rebounds.

Scouting Indiana
The Hoosiers are off to a 4-0 start to the season for the first time since 2006-07. The team has scored more 80 points or more in three of four games, a feat that has not been accomplished since 1999-00.

Home wins over Oakland and Central Arkansas mixed with road victories at IPFW and Indiana State gives IU the 4-0 record. The two road contests vs. in-state rivals were the closest games of the season for Indiana as the Mastodons fell 85-80 and the Sycamores came up just short at 57-54.

Three freshmen and a pair of seniors make up the starting lineup for Head Coach Curt Miller at Indiana. Larryn Brooks, a high school teammate of Ashton Feldhaus, leads the Hoosiers in scoring at 18.8 points per game. She is shooting 65 percent from the field and 33 percent from distance.

Indiana as a team is shooting 46 percent from the floor and 36 percent from behind the arc. IU has hit 69 percent of their free throw attempts going 67-for-96 through four games.

Brooks attacks the rim from the guard position as she leads the team with 31 made free throws. The freshman is hitting 83 percent from the line, leading the team in the category. Brooks has led the team in points and assists in each game this season.

The Hoosiers have held the lead at halftime in all four games this season, outscoring opponents 152-117. They have also outrebounded their opponent each night.

All-Time Series
Butler recorded their first win of the series last year with a 59-56 home win at Hinkle Fieldhouse. The Hoosiers won the first four meetings to grab a 4-1 edge. The first meeting took place during the 1989-90 season as IU beat Butler 75-57 on the road.

Bulldog Bits
- Butler defeated Indiana for the first time during the 2012-13 season
- Ashton Feldhaus and Larryn Brooks were high school teammates
- Haley Howard posted 13 points, five rebounds and four assists vs. BGSU
- Four different players have led Butler in assists through four games
- Butler played in back-to-back overtime games for the first time since 1987-88
- The Bulldogs have recorded at least four team blocks in every game this year
- Liz Stratman currently leads the BIG EAST with 10 blocked shots
- Mandy McDivitt has 13 assists on the year with just one turnover
- 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.

Hill a Former Hoosier
Associate Head Coach Tisha Hill enjoyed a stellar playing career at Indiana University from 1988-92. She was a four-year letter-winner and starting point guard for the Hoosiers. In her four years as a player she captained IU to a postseason WNIT runner-up finish in 1992 and set school records for career assists (533) and steals (220). She still ranks among the school leaders in both categories. 

Hamm Hits 400 Career Points                                                                   
Sarah Hamm's free throw against Bowling Green on Monday night moved her career scoring total to 400 points. The redshirt junior scored 301 of those points during her sophomore season.

X-Factor
Senior Daress McClung could be the x-factor heading into Saturday's game as the Indianapolis native scored a game-high 21 points while pulling down 12 rebounds in last year's matchup between Butler and Indiana. Taylor Schippers added 11 points and six assists.

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 565.

McDivitt for 3!
Senior Mandy McDivitt has 121 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. Bowling Green.

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.

Up Next
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.