CHICAGO - Junior Daress McClung poured in a career-high 31 points to lead the Butler women's basketball team to a 84-61 win at UIC on Saturday afternoon. The win completed a sweep of Horizon League schools for the Bulldogs.
McClung shot 13-for-17 from the floor and pulled in 12 rebounds. She matched her career scoring high with 22 points at halftime. The 6-0 forward was 9-for-11 shooting in the first period and also had three blocks and three steals.
The Bulldogs' offensive output was the most of the season and the highest since Dec. 12, 2010 when they scored 105 in double overtime at Ball State. Sophomores Liz Stratman and Hannah Douglas scored 16 and 13 points, respectively. Sophomore Taylor Schippers scored 10 points and dished 10 assists, the first time a BU player has had 10 assists in three years.
Butler nearly threw a knockout punch early in the game, building an 18-4 lead at the 12:56 mark. McClung had 14 points at that point and she scored Butler's first 12 points. UIC started pressing full court and trapping and used a 10-0 run to make it 18-14. BU scored the next six points to take a 24-14 lead at the 6:35 mark.
Leading 24-16, Butler went on an 11-0 run keyed by two McClung lay-ups and a 3-pointer by freshman Blaire Langlois to extend the edge to 35-16. The Bulldogs would lead 40-32 at the half.
Butler answered back every time UIC tried to get into the game. The Flames climbed to within 51-47 but a 15-1 run by Butler made it 66-48 and essentially ended the game. Overall, Butler outscored UIC 44-29 in the
Butler finished non-conference play with a 9-6 mark. BU hosts nationally-ranked Dayton Saturday, Jan. 12 at Hinkle Fieldhouse at noon.