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INDIANAPOLIS – The Butler women's basketball team will host UIC on Saturday, Dec. 7. The game is one of just four non-conference matchups left for the Bulldogs during the month of December with the BIG EAST season taking off on Dec. 28 vs. Marquette.
Date: Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013 - 12:00 PM
Location: Indianapolis, Ind. - Hinkle Fieldhouse (10,000)
Series History: Butler leads the all-time series over UIC 29-20
Last Meeting: Butler defeated UIC 84-61 during the 2012-13 season
The Bulldogs will try to even their regular season record with a win over UIC this weekend. Butler is on a two-game winning streak after recording wins over Utah and Eastern Washington in the 2013 Las Vegas Thanksgiving Shootout. Butler used team defense to record the victories as neither team was able to reach 60 points over the weekend.
Liz Stratman increased her scoring average to 16.4 points per game with two great outings in the desert. Stratman poured in 21 points to go along with eight rebounds and two steals against the Utes. The junior center wasn't done as she lit Eastern Washington up for a career-high 25 points in just 20 minutes of action.
The Bulldogs now have three players averaging a double figure score total and Daress McClung and Taylor Schippers are also highly involved in the offense. The Bulldogs are shooting 44 percent from the floor as a team and 72 percent from the free throw line.
The Flames are led by senior guard Rachel Story who leads the team with a 19.2 scoring average. Story shoots 47 percent from behind the 3-point line (15-32) and provides the squad with senior leadership. UIC is undefeated with Story in the lineup as the senior missed the opening two games of the season. Story saw her first action of the year in a win over Idaho State and she has currently started in the last four games for the Flames sparking a five-game winning streak.
UIC lost to St. Xavier 80-79 in the season home opener and then moved to 0-2 with a 79-63 loss at Northwestern. Ruvanna Campbell and Katie Hannemann picked up the scoring load in Story's absence. Campbell averages 15.1 points per game and also serves as the team leader in rebounds at 11 per game.
Hannemann scores just under 14 points per game for the Flames. The redshirt senior gives UIC a post presence with inside scoring and a 9.1 rebounds per game average. The starting lineup also features assist leader Terri Bender along with senior guard Emily Kobel.
Butler leads the all-time series against UIC 29-20. These programs met for the first time during the 1984-85 season and then started playing two times a year in 1994-95 as members of the MCC. The MCC transitioned to the Horizon League in 2001-02 and the two teams would continue to battle it out twice a year until last year when Butler joined the A-10.
The Bulldogs kept UIC on the schedule as they defeated the Flames 84-61 in the last non-conference game of the season. Butler and UIC split the season series in 2011-12 with each team winning at home. The first contest was a 77-42 setback for Butler at the UIC Pavilion, but game two featured the Bulldogs recording a 51-48 victory at Hinkle Fieldhouse.
Last Time Out
Butler cruised to a 74-51 victory over Eastern Washington 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 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 largest lead was 31 points as the Bulldogs outscored EWU's reserves 21-9.
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.
#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.
Stratman Named BIG EAST Player of the Week
Butler center Liz Stratman was honored as the BIG EAST Player of the Week for her outstanding performances in the 2013 Las Vegas Thanksgiving Shootout. The conference office announced the decision on Monday, Dec. 2.
Stratman averaged 23.0 points and 5.5 rebounds in a pair of victories during the Las Vegas Thanksgiving Shootout. The junior shot 18-of-28 (.640) from the floor for the two games. Stratman posted 21 points and eight rebounds in a 66-54 win over Utah. In a 74-51 victory against Eastern Washington, she scored 25 points in 20 minutes.
Stratman was selected to the Thanksgiving Shootout All-Tournament Team after Saturday night's game against Eastern Washington. For the season, Stratman is averaging a team-high 16.4 points per game and 6.0 rebounds. She is shooting 63 percent from the floor and also leads the team in blocked shots with 14.
Move Your Feet
Butler was whistled for 81 fouls during the first three games of the 2013-14 season. That total has drastically dropped as the Bulldogs have only been called for 50 fouls in their last three games.
Attack the Rim
The Bulldogs attacked the basket at the Thanksgiving Shootout and was therefore rewarded with 39 free throws over a two-game span. Their 23 made free throws vs. Utah was a season-high.
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 611.
McDivitt for 3!
Senior Mandy McDivitt has 127 career 3-point field goals placing her 8th 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. Eastern Washington.
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.
3 Years... 3 Conferences
The Butler Bulldogs were part of the Horizon League for 11 years before making the switch to the Atlantic 10 in 2012-13. The conference change to the A-10 was only the beginning as Butler joined the BIG EAST conference at the start of the 2013-14 season. The new BIG EAST conference includes Creighton, DePaul, Georgetown, Marquette, Providence, St. John's, Seton Hall, Villanova and Xavier.
Butler will travel to Valparaiso next Friday to face the Crusaders at 8:05 p.m. The weekend will come to a close with a 2 p.m. tip at Hinkle Fieldhouse vs. Northern Kentucky on Sunday, Dec. 15.