Women’s Basketball Announces Team Awards
INDIANAPOLIS – The Butler women's basketball program hosted their annual end of the season banquet last night at Maggiano's. Award winners included Daress McClung as team MVP, Mandy McDivitt as the top defensive player on the roster and Lexus Murry, who was selected as the team's most improved player.
"Daress was a tremendous asset to the coaching staff as well as to her teammates." Interim Head Coach Kurt Godlevske said. "Her value to the team was immeasurable, making her an easy pick for Most Valuable Player."
McClung was a 2013-14 All-BIG EAST Second Team selection after averaging a team-high 15.5 points and 6.5 rebounds per game. She scored 20+ points in seven games this year, helping her end the season with six double-double performances. A true competitor from the start of the year to the finish, McClung posted her season-high scoring total of 25 points vs. Creighton in the Quarterfinals of the BIG EAST Tournament on 10-of-17 shooting.
Top Defensive Player
"Mandy drew a tough individual matchup night in and night out by defending the opponent's top offensive player," Godlevske added. "She was a tireless worker throughout the season and was someone you could rely on each game to get after it defensively."
McDivitt was the only player to start in all 31 games for Butler during the 2013-14 season. A fierce competitor on each side of the court, McDivitt would lock down defensively to disrupt the offensive rhythm of the opponent's top scorer while making life difficult for whoever was guarding her by knocking down a team-high 58 3-point field goals on the offensive end. McDivitt averaged 7.0 points per game and ended the year with 46 steals. She scored a season-high 18 points at Georgetown by knocking down six 3-point field goals against the Hoyas. She led the team in minutes played per game (34.7) and was also one of the top free throw shooters on the squad, hitting 78.6 percent from the line.
Most Improved Player
"Lexus continued to grow and get better as the year went on," Godlevske mentioned. "She became more and more comfortable as a leader at the point guard position and that is something that we hope she can continue to do moving forward."
Murry was a reliable ball handler that appeared in all 31 games for Butler. The sophomore came on strong towards the second half of the season, starting in 22 of Butler's final 23 games of the year. Murry averaged 4.8 points per game while leading the team in the assist category, dishing out 2.9 per contest. She scored a season-high 16 points against BIG EAST foe Villanova on 7-of-11 shooting and came up with her season-high assist total with seven vs. Seton Hall in a game that would clinch a first round bye for Butler in the BIG EAST Tournament.
These three outstanding student-athletes helped Butler post a 15-16 overall record during the 2013-14 season which ended with a trip to the WNIT.