Bulldogs Never Trail In Win At Northern Kentucky

Butler Bulldogs

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. - Junior Daress McClung scored 15 points with 13 rebounds and six assists to lead the Butler women's basketball team to a 66-56 victory at Northern Kentucky on Sunday. The win moves Butler to 5-5 on the season.

McClung's fifth double-double of the season came on a day when Butler never trailed. The 6-0 junior also added four steals and six blocked shots. Sophomore Liz Stratman, playing in her first game as a Bulldog, scored 14 points and blocked three shots. Sophomore Taylor Schippers added 13 points and five assists.

Leading 29-23 at halftime, the Bulldogs pulled away early in the second half. After shooting 0-for-10 from beyond the arc in the first half, treys by Schippers and Douglas helped BU take control. Butler led 38-26 when Schippers scored five points in 52 seconds at the 16:29 mark. The Bulldogs extended the lead to 46-31 at the 12:07 mark. 

BU led by as many as 17 in the second half before the Norse made a small run. Northern Kentucky was able to get some transition points and Butler was whistled for 10 fouls in 10 minutes. NKU shot 20 free throws in the second half. Butler's lead was cut to 53-46 when junior Mandy McDivitt hit a 3-pointer from the top of the key with 4:44 remaining.

Late in the game, the officials reviewed a play that caused a long delay. An flagrant foul was called on BU, and NKU pulled to within 58-51. Butler answered with a lay-up by sophomore Amanda Raker. NKU's Ellen Holton hit a 3-pointer moments later to pull the Norse within six. Butler hung on and iced the game at the foul line, with Schippers and McClung converting 4 of 5 tries late in the game.

The first half was close early as post players on both sides flirted with foul trouble. Butler led 17-16 when Stratman scored on one end then blocked a shot on the other end. That led to a lay-up by Douglas and then a jumper by Schippers on the next possession put the Bulldogs ahead 23-16. 

Butler has a midweek game at IUPUI Tuesday, Dec. 18 at 7 p.m. ET. The Bulldogs' next home game is Saturday, Dec. 22 vs. Indiana State.