INDIANAPOLIS – The Butler women's basketball program took another tough loss on Saturday afternoon with a 62-57 setback vs. UIC. The teams were separated by a single point after the final media timeout of the second half, but the Flames came out on top to improve to 6-2 on the year.
"You have to give UIC a lot of credit," Head Coach Beth Couture said. "They came in with a five-game winning streak and they wanted to beat us. We put it on them a little bit last year so they came in today and were ready."
Butler (3-5) was led by Daress McClung who scored a game-high 23 points to go along with 12 rebounds giving her a double-double. McClung was also a key player on the defensive end with three steals and two blocks.
UIC was led by the scoring trio of Rachel Story, Katie Hannemann and Ruvanna Campbell. Story led the way with 17 points, five rebounds, five assists and three steals. She scored four big points down the stretch to break a 53-53 tie late in the second half.
Despite getting off to a slow start the Bulldogs climbed back to get within one point at halftime, 24-23. UIC led 7-0 five minutes into the game and that lead would grow to 12-2 with 12:30 remaining. A 7-0 run from Butler capped by a McClung layup would push the score to 16-12 and the game remained tight the rest of the way.
Butler shot just 26 percent from the floor in the opening 20 minutes compared to 44 percent for the Flames. UIC stayed hot as they ended the game 25-of-48 from the field (52%) compared to Butler who shot 32 percent.
The Bulldogs tied the game three times on Saturday, but they were never able to take the lead. The first tied score of the game was at 18-18 in the first half and the second was 30-30 early in the second. Story hit a tough fade-away jumper to give UIC a late lead at 55-53 and a pair of free throws on the following possession would give UIC a four point cushion.
Solid free throw shooting from UIC would end the game as Hannemann and Terri Bender iced the game from the line.
Butler will return to action on against another Horizon League opponent next Friday, Dec. 13. The road game at Valparaiso is scheduled to start at 8:05 p.m.