Butler at South Dakota State WNIT First Round Preview
March 20, 2014HOOSIER SPORTS 365
BUTLER BASKETBALL RELEASE
INDIANAPOLIS—The Butler women's basketball team will face the South Dakota State Jackrabbits for the first time in program history when the two teams clash in the opening round of the 2014 Postseason WNIT. The Bulldogs will play at South Dakota State on Thursday, March 20. Tip-off is slated for 8 p.m. EST.
Scouting South Dakota State (22-9, 13-1 Summit League)
Megan Waytashek and Steph Paluch each average a double figure scoring total for the Jackrabbits. 2013-14 Summit League Coach of the Year, Aaron Johnston, uses the entire roster as 11 of the 13 active player's average double figures in minutes played. Front Arena will be rocking on Thursday as the Jackrabbits average 1,800 fans per home event.
Last Time Out
Daress McClung scored a game-high 25 points for Butler on 10-of-17 shooting. The senior added four rebounds, two steals and a block in 25 minutes of playing time. McClung scored the first seven points of the game for BU, but she was sent to the sideline early in the game after picking up her second personal foul. No other Bulldog reached a double figure scoring total, yet the Bulldogs stayed in the game by shooting 42 percent from the field.
Creighton led 21-20 at halftime in a low scoring first half, after a buzzer beater by MC McGrory. Butler returned to the floor to claim a 27-26 lead on Lexus Murry's layup with 16:40 to play, but Creighton went ahead for good 42 seconds later on Nelsons 3-pointer. The Bluejays steadily extended the advantage and the Bulldogs never got closer than eight points the rest of the way.
Butler WNIT History
The team has been very active in the WNIT in recent years having made the postseason tournament in five of the last six seasons. Butler defeated Duquesne in the 2009 WNIT 59-58 before losing at Marquette 58-49. The 2010 WNIT featured Butler hosting Illinois State where the Redbirds closed out the Bulldogs season with a 57-54 win. In 2011, Butler fell 68-48 at Wisconsin and in their most recent trip, Butler lost 63-49 at Toledo.
BIG EAST Programs in the 64-Team Field
One story line to keep an eye on would be if Butler and Creighton each won their first round game. The two teams would then face off for the fourth time this season. Butler swept the regular season series, but the Bluejays came up with a clutch tournament win. Creighton hosts Missouri on Thursday, March 20.
3 Years... 3 Conferences
Stratman Named BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Year
Stratman recorded a career-high eight blocked shots in a road game at Seton Hall this season which moved her into a tie for third at Butler for most blocked shots recorded in a single-game.
Stratman Named All-BIG EAST Honorable Mention
Stratman scored a career-high 28 points at Seton Hall on March 1. She added 12 rebounds and four blocked shots to lead Butler to a 74-72 victory. The junior has scored 20 points or more in five games this season and eclipsed 10 rebounds or more on seven occasions. She ended the regular season with five double-doubles, four of which came against BIG EAST opponents.