VALPARAISO, Ind. – Taylor Schippers and Daress McClung combined to score 39 of Butler's 65 points on Friday night as the Bulldogs improved to 4-5 overall with a 65-50 road win at Valparaiso. The victory over the Crusaders was the first road win of the season for the Bulldogs.
Schippers was a perfect 4-for-4 from 3-point range as she led all players with a season-high 21 points. She was 7-of-10 from the floor and 3-for-4 from the stripe. The junior added five assists three rebounds and two steals to her stat line in 34 minutes of action.
McClung poured in 18 points on 9-of-16 shooting. She killed Valpo in the paint as she also came up with 11 rebounds to post her fourth double-double of the season.
Butler played without center Liz Stratman who missed the game due to back spasms. Point guard Lexus Murry jumped into the starting lineup for the first time this season in her absence. It was Murry's second career start.
Murry finished the game with a team-high five assists and JUCO Ijeoma Uchendu enjoyed an expanded role on Friday as she logged a season-high 21 minutes and finished the game with nine points and five rebounds.
Many McDivitt was yet another Bulldog to knock down a few shots as she hit two 3-point field goals to end the game with eight points.
It was a wild start to the first half of the game as Butler rushed out to a 9-0 lead just minutes into the contest. Valpo would counter with a nine point run of their own as the two teams were knotted at 9-9 during the first media timeout.
The turning point in the game came right after the stoppage as Schippers got hot from behind the arc. Schippers hit three-straight against the Crusaders to spark a 12-0 run that pushed the score to 21-9.
McClung picked up where Schippers left off to score 12 first half points. Butler outscored Valpo 16-6 in the paint early and also punished Valpo by pouring in 16 points off Crusader turnovers.
A 35-17 halftime lead would be cut down to 10 points for a majority of the second half. Schippers once again got going for BU as her hot shooting continued to pace the Bulldogs in the final 20 minutes of action.
Sharon Karungi led the comeback attempt for Valpo with 12 points and eight rebounds. Two other Crusaders joined Karungi in double figure scoring with Liz Horton and Jessi Wiedmann each adding 10.
Butler shot 44 percent from the floor, including 43 percent from 3-point range (7-16). The points in the paint battle ended at 26-22 and the BU bench outscored Valpo 14-10.
Butler will return to action on Sunday, Dec. 15 with a home game against Northern Kentucky. Tip-off between the Norse and the Bulldogs will begin at 2 p.m.