Hoosiers Hold Off Bulldogs 84-69

Hoosiers Hold Off Bulldogs 84-69
Taylor Schippers

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Indiana improved to 5-0 on Saturday afternoon by defeating Butler by the final score of 84-69. Daress McClung and Taylor Schippers led BU in a losing effort with 19 points each.

McClung shot 8-for-17 against Indiana which included a 3-for-6 effort from the charity stripe. She hurt the Hoosiers inside while Schippers attacked from the perimeter going 3-of-7 from distance. 14 of Schippers' 19 points were scored in the second half.

Haley Howard and Liz Stratman combined to score the first nine points of the game for Butler, but foul trouble would end that combination as the two were limited after being whistled for two fouls early in the first half. Stratman hit 4-of-6 from the floor to finish with nine points and Howard poured in all seven of her points in the first 20 minutes of play.

Mandy McDivitt ended the game with five points and five rebounds for BU. Rounding out the scoring total was Ijeoma Uchendu with eight and Lexus Murry with two.

Schippers put together one of the best all-around games she has had in a Butler uniform as she pulled down a career-high 10 rebounds while dishing out eight assists. She was also perfect from the line going 6-for-6.

Each team was efficient on Saturday shooting 47 percent from the field. Indiana was able to build a lead by outscoring Butler 15-4 in points off turnovers and the IU bench also outscored Butler 22-10.

Standout freshman Larryn Brooks scored 19 points off 7-of-15 shooting to lead the Hoosiers to victory. Tabitha Gerardot was another impact player for IU as she just missed a double-double with 10 points and eight boards.

McClung went to work in the post to finish the final minutes of the first half with nine-straight points to pull Butler within five at the break. The senior picked up the scoring load with Howard and Stratman on the bench with two fouls each.

Butler shot 51 percent in the first half compared to 42 percent in the second stanza.  The Hoosiers improved their shooting from 41 percent in the first half to 54 percent in the second.

The Bulldogs kept within striking distance for the first part of the second half, but a 3-point field goal from Kaila Hulls pushed the IU lead to double digits with 10:33 to play. The lead never faded as IU finished with a 15 point win.

The 2013 South Point Las Vegas Thanksgiving Shootout will get Butler back on the court next weekend. The Bulldogs will face Utah on Nov. 29 and end the trip with an 8 p.m. game vs. Eastern Washington on Nov. 30.