Butler to Face Seton Hall on Senior Day
March 1, 2014HOOSIER SPORTS 365
BUTLER SPORTS RELEASE
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.
Scouting Seton Hall (16-11, 7-9 BIG EAST)
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.
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
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.