February 17, 2013

Bulldogs Shoot Down Bonnies 64-46

INDIANAPOLIS - Wearing pink jerseys and shoes for breast cancer awareness, the Butler women's basketball team was red hot in a 64-46 win over St. Bonaventure on Sunday. The Bulldogs drilled 10 shots from 3-point range and pulled away with a big performance in the second half.

Junior Daress McClung led all scorers with 17 points. She hit 3-for-4 from behind the arc and added nine rebounds and five assists. Junior Mandy McDivitt had perhaps her best game of the year, totaling 12 points, five assists and four steals. McDivitt buried a season-high four 3-pointers.

"My teammates were setting great screens and making great passes, so it was easy to just knock them down," McDivitt said.

Butler (15-10, 6-4) opened the second half with an 11-2 run that changed the game. That put the Dawgs ahead 36-27, and they added from there. A trey by McClung with 12:55 on the clock lifted BU ahead 45-29. The Bonnies never got closer than 13 points the rest of the day. The largest lead in the game was 61-42 after a bucket by sophomore Liz Stratman.

The Bulldogs seemed to take control in the first half, never trailing and building a 19-12 lead. The Bonnies, however, would make some outside shots and tie the game 25-25 at halftime.

"I felt like in the first half, we just couldn't get anything going," head coach Beth Couture said. "Our energy level wasn't where we needed it to be."

St. Bonaventure (9-16, 2-8) was led by Ashley Zahn with 12 points. She made all four of her 3-point attempts. Doris Ortega, SBU's leading scorer, added 10 points and five assists.

Sunday's game carried a special meaning to the Butler women's basketball program, as Couture is a breast cancer survivor and the event is in support of St. Vincent's Women of Hope. 

"I don't need to say much. Most everyone has been affected by cancer in some way or another," Couture said. "When you have a chance to go out there in pink and play hard like that, it's just a blessing that we can do that."

McClung added: "To know that these people are fighting so hard tells me that we should be fighting like that when we are playing. The competitive level should be a lot higher and I think today, in the second half, we really did that."

Butler's next game is at Saint Louis Wednesday, Feb. 20. The game is a 1 p.m. ET tip (noon central).