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Butler to Face Seton Hall on Senior Day

March 1, 2014


INDIANAPOLIS – The Butler women's basketball team will host Seton Hall at Hinkle Fieldhouse this Saturday, March 1. The contest will be recognized as Senior Day for Sarah Hamm, Mandy McDivitt and Daress McClung. The final regular season home game of the season is scheduled to tip-off at 2 p.m.

Gameday Information
Saturday, March 1, 2014 / 2:00 PM
Location: Indianapolis, Ind. / Hinkle Fieldhouse (10,000)
Live Stats: ButlerSports.com
Series History: Butler leads the all-time series vs. Seton Hall 1-0
Last Meeting: Butler defeated Seton Hall 75-69 on Jan. 4 

Scouting Seton Hall (16-11, 7-9 BIG EAST)
Seton Hall is a dangerous team that has two of the top scorers in the conference. Tabatha Richardson-Smith is currently second in the BIG EAST with a 17.6 scoring average and teammate Ka-Deidre Simmons is close behind in fourth, averaging 16.3 ppg.

The Pirates have won three of their last five games with victories over Georgetown, Providence and Marquette. They most recently took a 70-50 loss at Creighton on Wednesday night. Seton Hall plays an up-tempo brand of basketball which has them scoring 71 points a night. The Bulldogs would prefer to slow things down as they are 1-7 this season when allowing 70 points or more. Seton Hall is battle tested on the road as they hold a 4-4 record during BIG EAST games while playing as the visitors.

All-Time Series
Butler defeated Seton Hall in the first-ever meeting between the two programs back on Jan. 4. The Bulldogs put together a stellar second half to come back and win by the final score of 75-69. The Bulldogs shot 70 percent from the field in the final 20 minutes of the game to score 51 second half points.

An 11 point halftime deficit was quickly erased by BU as Daress McClung and Taylor Schippers sparked a run that quickly got the Bulldogs within two points at 37-35. Schippers scored 15 of her 17 points on the second half while McClung was the driving force behind the Butler offense all day long as she ended the game with 24 points and seven rebounds.

Butler also received a huge lift from junior center Liz Stratman who ended the game with nine points, 10 rebounds and a career-high eight blocks. She helped BU control the paint as the Bulldogs outrebounded Seton Hall 45-41.

The Bulldogs shot 50 percent from the floor (27-of-53) compared to just 34 percent for the Pirates. The high shooting percentage definitely led to the win as BU turned the ball over 20 times.

Tabatha Richardson-Smith led SHU with 21 points on 8-of-15 shooting. She hit three consecutive 3-point field goals in the first half to give the Pirates a 35-24 halftime lead. Three other players reached a double figure scoring total for Seton Hall. Ka-Deidre Simmons was a high-impact player with 14 points and eight assists.

Last Time Out
Blaire Langlois hit a three-pointer as the shot clock expired with 1:51 remaining to help Butler pull away from visiting Xavier for a 57-52 victory on Tuesday night. The Musketeers pulled out to an early 19-9 lead with 12:13 remaining in the first half, led by forward Maddison Blackwell, who finished with nine points and 14 rebounds. The Bulldogs quickly battled back with a 14-0 run, holding Xavier scoreless for almost eight minutes. Butler led by as many as four points with five minutes remaining in the half, and the two teams battled back and forth to head to halftime tied 30-30.

Butler and Xavier went blow-for-blow for most of the second half, but the Bulldogs took the lead on a basket from senior forward Daress McClung with 3:18 on the clock. Langlois hit a pair of free throws moments before her key three-pointer, and junior guard Taylor Schippers iced the Butler victory at the free throw line. Junior center Liz Stratman led all Bulldogs players with 19 points, nine rebounds, four assists, and five blocks. McClung added 16 points and 11 rebounds for Butler.

Bulldog Bits
- Today is Senior Day for Daress McClung, Mandy McDivitt and Sarah Hamm
- Daress McClung recorded a double-double vs. Xavier with 16 points and 11 boards
- Liz Stratman recorded 19 points, nine blocks, five blocks and four assists vs Xavier
- Butler could clinch a first-round bye in the BIG EAST Tournament with a win today
- Tabatha Richardson-Smith set a team record with 38 points last week vs Marquette
- Butler ranks 113th in the latest RPI poll, just nine spots behind Marquette (104)
- Stratman leads the BIG EAST with 66 blocked shots (2.6 per game)
- Stratman moved to 5th all-time at Butler for most blocked shots in a season (66)
- Mandy McDivitt ranks 5th all-time at Butler with 163 career 3-point field goals

Probable Starters
#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
#21 Daress McClung, 6-0 Forward, Senior from Indianapolis, Indiana
#23 Lexus Murry, 5-7 Guard, Sophomore from Indianapolis, Indiana

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