Butler Stifles Eastern Michigan For 65-59 Win

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INDIANAPOLIS  - Junior Daress McClung had 18 points, 10 rebounds and four blocks and the Butler women's basketball team made the winning plays late to claim a 65-59 win over Eastern Michigan on Wednesday night.

Sophomore Taylor Schippers added 15 points and six assists, including 10 points in the second half. Sophomore Hannah Douglas scored 12 points. Both Schippers and Douglas converted key free throws down the stretch to ice the game for Butler.

The Bulldogs ripped off a key 8-2 run late in the game to break a 50-50 tie. Consecutive baskets by Schippers and McClung put Butler ahead 54-50 and Schippers then zipped a pass inside to freshman Katie Brewer to put BU up by six. Soon, the Bulldogs led 58-52 and Eastern Michigan was forced to foul. Schippers and Douglas made five free throws in the final minute to clinch the win.

"Right now, the biggest thing for us is offensive execution," Butler head coach Beth Couture said following the win. "When we execute, we really score."

Couture lauded the team's four freshmen for the group's performance in the win.

"We're playing a lot of young kids," Couture said. "I felt like Brewer had a great game for a freshman. Wrencher didn't play long, but when she was in, she played well. And, of course, Lexus [Murry] and Blaire [Langlois] played well. They're getting a lot of valuable time."

Three Eagles players were in double figures, with Olivia Fouty and Natachia Watkins scoring 14 each. Miranda Tate had 13, but needed 3-for-14 shooting to get there.

The Bulldogs will have a week off before traveling to Bowling Green Wednesday, Dec. 5. BU's next home game is Sunday, Dec. 9 against Indiana.