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Georgetown Up Next for Butler Womens Basketball

January 10, 2014
HOOSIER SPORTS 365



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INDIANAPOLIS – The Bulldogs (7-8, 2-2 BIG EAST) will look to defeat the Hoyas on Saturday afternoon as Butler and Georgetown clash for the first time in women's basketball. The game will be played at McDonough Arena on Saturday, Jan. 11. Tip-off is slated for 2 p.m.  

Gameday Information
Date:
Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014 / 2:00 PM
Location: Washington, D.C. / McDonough Arena (2,400)
Live Stats: GUHoyas.com
Series History: The all-time series is tied at 0-0
Last Meeting: This is the first-ever meeting between Butler and Georgetown

Scouting Georgetown (6-9, 0-3 BIG EAST)
Georgetown comes into Saturday's contest on a six-game losing streak and as one of three BIG EAST teams to remain winless in league play. The Hoyas hit rough patch towards the end of December with losses vs. Michigan State, Western Kentucky and Florida. The Florida game went into overtime, along with the first two BIG EAST games of the season as the Hoyas lost 65-63 in extra time to Creighton in the conference opener and 82-80 to Marquette on Jan. 4.

The most recent setback on the Georgetown schedule was an 85-68 loss at Xavier in their first conference road test of the season. Despite coming out on the wrong end of multiple close games, Georgetown has plenty to be happy about as 6-5 freshman center Natalie Butler leads the team in points (15.0) and rebounds (13.2).

Butler is one of four Hoyas to average a double figure scoring total. Andrea White gives first-year head coach Jim Lewis a one-two punch as White scores 14.7 points per game.

Katie McCormick and Faith Woodward each score 10 points per game while senior guard Samisha Powell leads the team in assists (51).

All-Time Series
Butler and Georgetown have never met on the court for a women's basketball game. These two teams will face each other twice this year as the Hoyas visit Hinkle Fieldhouse for the first time on Saturday, Feb. 15.

Last Time Out
A two-point halftime lead didn't hold up on Wednesday night as the Villanova Wildcats came back with a strong effort in the final 20 minutes of action to defeat Butler by the final score of 70-48. The Bulldogs shot 52 percent in the opening half, but were limited to just four field goals in the second stanza.

Butler was forced to play without their leading scorer and rebounder as Daress McClung watched from the sideline with a walking boot on her foot. Haley Howard jumped in the starting lineup with McClung sidelined and performed nicely with a team-high 17 points and six rebounds.

Howard was the only Bulldog to reach a double figure scoring total as Liz Stratman, Ijeoma Uchendu and Taylor Schippers were all close with nine, eight and seven points respectively.

The two halves on Wednesday night were complete opposites for Butler as the 'Dogs shot 10-for-19 in the first half (52%) compared to just 4-of-22 in the second (18%). The Wildcats continued to attack from the perimeter the entire game as 31 of their 54 shots came from behind the 3-point line.

Bulldog Bits
- Liz Stratman leads the BIG EAST with 30 blocked shots (2.3 per game)
- Daress McClung did not play vs. Villanova (Foot)
- Haley Howard scored a season-high 17 points vs. Nova on 5-of-11 shooting
- Butler is ranked at 78th in the latest NCAA RPI Poll (Jan. 6)
- The Bulldogs were only whistled for 13 fouls vs. Nova, their lowest total of the year
- BU has outrebounded their opponent in each of the last three games
- Butler is currently seventh in the BIG EAST Standings
- Taylor Schippers recorded her first block and offensive rebound of the year vs. VU
- Haley Howard hit a season-high three 3-point field goals on Wednesday night

Probable Starters
#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 Center, Junior from New Palestine, Indiana
#10 Mandy McDivitt, 5-8 Guard, Senior from Connersville, Indiana
#23 Lexus Murry, 5-7 Guard, Sophomore 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.

Second Half Surprise
Butler put together their best second half of the season with 51 points at Seton Hall on 70 percent shooting (17-24), but that trend quickly went in the opposite direction against Villanova as the Wildcats limited Butler to just four field goals in the second half of the game on Wednesday night. Butler only managed to score 18 points, shooting 18 percent (4-22) from the floor. 

70 Point Plateau
If Daress McClung is unable to lace up for Saturday's game it will be important for Butler to step up their defensive efforts. McClung leads the team in scoring and without her in the lineup Butler is 0-2 overall. The team averages 52 points per game with McClung sidelined compared to 66 points per contest with her in the starting lineup. Georgetown is averaging 69 points per game as a team this season and it is important to note that Butler is 0-4 this year when allowing 70 points in a contest.

Frequent Flyer Miles
Four of Butler's first five games during the month of January will be played on the road. The early stages of 2014 is a stiff test for the Bulldogs as they prepare for life on the road at Georgetown and St. John's before hosting Creighton, DePaul and Providence at Hinkle Fieldhouse to end the month.

Overtime Blues               
Neither Butler or Georgetown has won a game in overtime this season. Butler fell 81-76 at Eastern Michigan and 90-86 vs. St. Mary's in overtime while the Hoyas played in three-straight overtime games losing to Florida, Creighton, and Marquette.

Big Lineup in the BIG EAST
Georgetown started four players 6-0 or taller in their road game at Xavier. Samisha Powell was the lone guard in the lineup playing alongside 6-0 forward Andrea White, 6-2 forward Logan Battle, 6-2 forward Faith Woodard and 6-5 center Natalie Butler.

Stratman's National Rankings
Liz Stratman is the top shot blocker in the BIG EAST Conference and she currently ranks second with a 62.1 field goal percentage. The junior center ranks 10th in the NCAA in field goal percentage and 27th overall in blocked shots per game.

Road Warriors
Butler is now four games into the BIG EAST season with two wins on the road and two losses at home. The Bulldogs are scoring 71.5 points per game at away venues compared to just 53.5 points per game at Hinkle Fieldhouse.

Making jumpers on the road seems to be easier for Butler as the Bulldogs are shooting 52.3 percent as the visitors compared to just 35.4 percent at Hinkle. 3-point shooting is dead even with the team shooting 9-for-26 both home and away.

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 706.

McDivitt for 3!
Senior Mandy McDivitt has 136 career 3-point field goals placing her 7th 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.

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.

Up Next
The Bulldogs will play at St. John's on Wednesday, Jan. 15. Their next home game will be played against Creighton at 6 p.m. in the Hinkle Fieldhouse.


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