No. 17/22 Dayton Defeats Butler In A-10 Opener

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Daress McClung

INDIANAPOLIS - Nationally-ranked Dayton broke the game open midway through the first half to defeat the Butler women's basketball team 82-39 at Hinkle Fieldhouse on Saturday.

"Dayton is a really good team. They're execution and offensive weapons are tough to stop," head coach Beth Couture said. "When were were focused we did good things. We weren't able to score, and that put too much stress on our defense every possession."

Junior Daress McClung led Butler with 11 points, eight rebounds and five steals. Sophomore Liz Stratman also totaled 11 points before fouling out in the game's final minute.

Butler got out to a great start, forcing turnovers and matching Dayton in the early minutes.  BU and UD were tied 10-10. The Bulldogs were trailing just 16-15 when Dayton broke the game open two possessions later. At 18-15, UD's Hoover converted a 4-point play to make it 22-15. Soon, the Flyers would extend the lead to 20 at 39-19 with 2:57 left to play. 

The highlights in the first period were McClung's nine points, six rebounds and three steals. In all, the Flyers went on a 25-4 over a span of 11:48. Dayton led 44-22 at halftime.

Dayton, which hadn't played since losing at Bowling Green 13 days prior, continued to expand its lead in the second period. The UD advantage reached 40 at the 2:51 mark. The largest lead was 82-37 with 1:25 left.

Dayton was led by Amber Deane with 18 points and 11 rebounds. Samantha MacKay and Andrea Hoover each scored 13 points. The Flyers shot .465 for the day, including .486 in the second half. UD outscored BU by 22 in the first half and 21 in the second.

Butler shot .268, which included an 0-for-14 mark from 3-point range. 

The Bulldogs host Xavier Thursday, Jan. 17 at Hinkle Fieldhouse.