January 24, 2012

Bulldogs Add Transfer From Xavier

INDIANAPOLIS – Former Heritage Christian standout Liz Stratman has enrolled at Butler and joined the Bulldog women's basketball team. Stratman joined Butler at the beginning of the semester and will be eligible to play in December 2012.

"We're very excited that Liz decided to join our program," head coach Beth Couture said. "We recruited Liz since she was in 9th grade at Heritage Christian. She'll add a lot of depth and scoring to our post position. 

"We feel like we've not only added a quality player, but a quality person. We're glad that Liz's family will be a part of our Butler family."

Stratman, a 6-3 freshman from New Palestine, Ind., played in 12 games for Xavier before transferring to Butler. She averaged 3.2 points and 4.4 rebounds per game while playing 15.5 minutes per game. 

Butler will also add another Indianapolis-area transfer next season when forward Darress McClung becomes eligible. The 6-0 McClung, a Lawrence North graduate, played two seasons at Cincinnati before joining the Bulldogs.

Stratman was a four-year starter at 2A Indiana girl's basketball powerhouse Heritage Christian. She helped the small school on Indy's northeast side to state championships in 2008 and 2009. She was named Female Athlete of the Year and City Player of the Year by the Indianapolis Star. Stratman, who averaged 16.8 points and 9.7 rebounds as a senior at Heritage Christian, posted career prep averages of 13.6 points, 7.3 rebounds, 3.1 blocks and 1.7 assists.

Butler will host nationally-ranked Green Bay and Milwaukee at Hinkle Fieldhouse this weekend.