The Butler women's basketball team will be going home for the holiday with a four-game winning streak after defeating Indiana State 56-45 on Saturday at Hinkle Fieldhouse.
The Bulldogs (7-5) held the Sycamores (8-3) to 28 percent shooting in the second half, allowing Indiana State to score just 19 points. ISU's 45 points was the fewest allowed by Butler since the Bulldogs' 67-43 rout of Cleveland State on Jan. 7, 2012.
Sophomore Taylor Schippers led BU with 16 points, 11 of which came in the second half. She also had four steals. Junior Mandy McDivitt scored 11 points and also hounded Indiana State star Anna Munn to a 3-for-14 shooting night.
"In the second half, I thought a key to the game was Mandy's defense on Munn," head coach Beth Couture said. "I know if she would have gone for 20 or more, we would have really struggled. While Mandy was on her, she only scored four points."
Munn, who entered the game averaging 16.7 points per game, finished with just six points.
Butler held an advantage for the majority of the first half before the Sycamores closed the period on an 11-3 run to take a 26-23 lead into halftime.
"We just grinded it out," Couture said. "I thought the first half, offensively, we just didn't get much going. I was happy with our defense. I felt like we hadn't executed our offense."
Junior forward Daress McClung finished just one point shy of recording her sixth double-double of the season, scoring nine points and hauling down a career-high 14 rebounds. Sophomore Liz Stratman blocked four shots and is averaging 4.0 rejections over her three games this season.
Butler won with just 15 made field goals, but the majority of the offense came at the free throw line. BU was 20-for-27 at the foul line, with McClung and Schippers each making six free throws. Butler did a great job getting to the line this week. The Bulldogs shot 31 free throws in Tuesday's win over IUPUI.
Butler will look to continue its win streak when it plays host to Illinois State Sunday, Dec. 30 at 2 p.m. inside Hinkle Fieldhouse.