INDIANAPOLIS - Sophomore Taylor Schippers had 19 points and eight rebounds and the Butler women's basketball team held off Temple 59-55 on Wednesday. The win clinched for BU a winning Atlantic 10 record.
The Bulldogs clinched the sixth seed in the upcoming Atlantic 10 Women's Basketball Championship. They will open tourney play Friday, March 8 against the No. 11 seed at 7:30 p.m.
Neither team shot for a high percentage, but the Bulldogs made the winning plays down the stretch. With Temple leading 50-49 with 3:21 remaining, the Bulldogs went on an 8-0 run to take control of the game. Three points from Schippers and lay-ups from Daress McClung and Liz Stratman gave Butler a 57-50 lead with 45 seconds left. Temple extended the game with fouls, but ran out of time as Butler won its home finale.
McClung finished with 15 points, but the key scoring came from Mandy McDivitt and Lexus Murry. McDivitt and Murry combine to average 6.2 points per game. Against Temple, the two guards each scored eight points. McDivitt hit a pair of 3-pointers in the first half and Murry thrived driving to the basket. McDivitt also had four steals.
The Bulldogs overcame slow stretches on offense by making shots from long range. BU hit 8-for-21 on its 3-pointers, including three treys from Schippers.
Temple's Victoria Macaulay totaled 21 points, 13 rebounds and five blocks. Seven of her boards were on offense, as TU pulled in 23 offensive rebounds on the night.
The game served as Senior Night for Becca Bornhorst and manager Evan Eichhorn. Bornhorst started, her 32nd career start, and played 11 minutes.
Butler concludes its regular season Sunday, March 3 at Duquesne.