Bulldogs Post 2-0 Record in Las Vegas

Ijeoma Uchendu

LAS VEGAS – Butler cruised to a 74-51 victory over Eastern Washington on Saturday night to improve to 3-4 overall. The one-two punch of Liz Stratman and Daress McClung led BU to victory as the duo combined to score 43 of Butler's 74 points.

Stratman scored a game-high 25 points and McClung poured in 18 as the Bulldogs rolled to a 74-51 win over Eastern Washington to close out the 2013 Las Vegas Thanksgiving Shootout with a 2-0 record.

The Bulldogs shot 46 percent from the floor and dominated most statistical categories with 42 points in the paint, 23 points off turnovers, 10 second chance points, nine fast break points and 21 bench points.

Eastern Washington kept the first half close, but a 7-0 run in the final 3:00 minutes would give Butler a 39-30 lead at halftime. Butler's lead would grow to 23 points just five minutes into the second half as Stratman continued to control the paint.

Butler's largest lead of the game was 31 points and Sarah Hamm and Blaire Langlois started to fill up the scoring column off the bench for Butler. Both Hamm and Langlois finished the game with six points as Butler outscored EWU's reserves 21-9.

Mandy McDivitt scored six points off two 3-point field goals and Haley Howard added four to the starting five total.

Ijeoma Uchendu and Ashton Feldhaus were active on the glass with seven and five rebounds respectively and the backup point guard play of Lexus Murry was on point as she finished the game with five points, two rebounds and two assists in 21 minutes of action.

The Eagles were led by forward Hayley Hodgins who scored 16 points on 6-of-9 shooting. Melissa Williams was also a factor as she recorded 13 rebound and eight points.

EMU shot 40 percent from the floor, but the Bulldogs once again dominated the free throw line connecting on 16-of-20 attempts compared to just 4-of-9 for the opponent.

The 'Dogs locked in defensively in the final 20 minutes of play holding Eastern Washington to just nine field goals in the second half.

Butler will return to action with a home game vs. UIC on Saturday, Dec. 7. The Flames will tip-off against the Bulldogs at 12 p.m.