McClung leads Bulldogs past VCU

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Daress McClung

INDIANAPOLIS - Junior forward Daress McClung led the Butler women's basketball team to a 65-45 win over the Virginia Commonwealth Rams at Hinkle Fieldhouse on Jan. 27. McClung finished with a game-high 25 points, nine rebounds and five steals.

I thought we started off the game really well," coach Beth Couture said. "We play better when we're excited, I thought we were today."

The Bulldogs improved to 13-7 on the season and 4-1 in Atlantic 10 play with the win. The team is on a four-game win streak, and its last loss came on Jan. 12 to Dayton.

McClung finished six points shy of her career high of 31 against UIC on Jan. 5, 2013. She shot 56 percent from the floor against the Rams and made three 3-pointers.

"I felt like we brought a lot of energy," McClung said. "We really focused in on what we were working on."

Sophomore center Liz Stratman and junior guard Mandy McDivitt each finished with 10 points.

"Mandy is always going to play defense and get you steals," Couture said. "For her to be really active on offense, I think it hurt their zone."

Stratman, who averages three blocks per game, blocked four against VCU and helped hold the Rams to 27 percent shooting from the field. Butler is now 9-2 with Stratman in the lineup.

McClung, who leads the Atlantic 10 with 2.9 blocks per game, tallied one against the Rams. McClung ranks as one of the best shot blockers in the nation and Stratman will after she has played enough games to be eligible. Stratman is a transfer from Xavier and became eligible to play for the Bulldogs in January 2013.

Sophomore guard Taylor Schippers stuffed the stat sheet with seven points, four rebounds and five assists on the afternoon.

The Bulldogs hit the road to face St. Joseph's on Jan. 30. They return home to host Rhode Island on Feb. 7.