January 27, 2014

Tuesday Tip vs. Providence Up Next for Women’s Hoops

Game Notes

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INDIANAPOLIS – The Butler women's basketball team is officially at the halfway point of the BIG EAST schedule as they prepare to host Providence College for a 7 p.m. tip at Hinkle Fieldhouse on Tuesday, Jan. 28.

Gameday Information
Date:
Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014 / 7:00 PM
Location: Indianapolis, Ind. / Hinkle Fieldhouse (10,000)
Webcast: ButlerSports.com
Live Stats: ButlerSports.com
Series History: Butler leads the all-time series over Providence 1-0
Last Meeting: The Bulldogs defeated the Friars 68-65 on Jan. 1, 2014

Scouting Providence (6-13, 1-7 BIG EAST)
The Friars are 1-7 in the BIG EAST (6-13 overall) midway through the conference schedule. The lone win was a 70-61 home win over Georgetown on Jan. 15.

Tori Rule and Alexis Harris headline a balanced scoring attack for Providence with Rule leading the team in scoring at 16.5 ppg. Harris has stepped up to score 17.9 ppg during BIG EAST play, two points higher than her season average of 15.2 ppg.

Harris is a dual threat as she also leads the team in rebounds, averaging 8.2 boards per game. The team's third leading scorer, Sarah Beal, is also the teams assist leader.

Providence averages 38 rebounds per contest which is two more boards per game than Butler. This stat is one to keep an eye on because Butler is 0-7 on the year when they are out-rebounded by their opponent.

All-Time Series
Butler took a 1-0 lead over Providence in the all-time series by defeating the Friars 68-65 on Jan. 1, 2014. The Bulldogs held off a late charge in Alumni Hall to record their first-ever BIG EAST win.

Providence ended the game on a 15-2 run in large part to the hot shooting of Tori Rule and Karin Robinson. Rule started the scoring outbreak with back-to-back field goals near the five minute mark and Robinson did damage from behind the 3-point line as she knocked down three shots from distance to score nine of the 15 points during the run. Robinson had a chance to tie the game on the last possession, but tight defense from Lexus Murry ended the contest with Robinson's shot coming up short.

Liz Stratman ended the game with 21 points and nine rebounds. Stratman was highly active with four of her nine boards coming off the offensive glass. She finished 10-of-11 from the floor with four assists and a pair of blocks. McClung was another x-factor in the win as she recorded a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds.

Robinson was a sniper off the bench for the Friars leading the team with 23 points on 5-of-10 shooting from behind the arc. Alexis Harris went for 14 and nine while Evi Iiskola added 10 points.

Last Time Out
Butler fell to DePaul on Saturday afternoon by the final score of 85-64. The Bulldogs out-scored the Blue Demons in the final 20 minutes 36-30, but a 27 point halftime deficit was too much to overcome.

DePaul came out in a full court man-to-man press that jump-started their momentum. The pressure caused 13 first half turnovers for Butler, which resulted in DePaul scoring 25 points off those miscues. Each team shot the ball very well on Saturday, but the hot 3-point shooting from DePaul would hurt Butler as the team hit nine of their first 10 3-point field goals.

The Bulldogs battled the hot shooting Blue Demons to hit 54 percent from the floor in the opening half and 45 percent for the game (23-51), but DePaul shot 60 percent from the floor in the first half, including 66 percent from 3-point range (10-15).

Butler had three players reach a double figure score total with Lexus Murry, Haley Howard and Daress McClung all ending the game with 12 points. It was McClung's first time on the court since Jan. 4 as she has been sidelined with a foot injury. The senior came off the bench in today's game shooting 4-of-7 which included one three point field goal. Murry tied her career-high as she has poured in 12 points in back-to-back games. The sophomore guard shot 6-for-10 and also added three assists.

Bulldog Bits
- Butler defeated Providence 68-65 on Jan. 1 behind 21 points from Liz Stratman
- Lexus Murry tied her career-high with 12 points on 6-of-10 shooting vs. DePaul
- Serena Sandusky logged a career-high 15 minutes of playing time vs. DePaul
- Haley Howard recorded a career-high four steals vs. the Blue Demons
- Senior Daress McClung returned to the court vs. DePaul after missing four games
- Butler shot 92.3 percent from the free throw line, hitting 12 of 13 attempts
- Liz Stratman leads the BIG EAST with 39 blocked shots (2.3 per game)
- The Bulldogs have used eight different starting lineups this year
- Mandy McDivitt ranks 5th all-time at Butler with 147 career 3-point field goals

Probable Starters
#1 Taylor Schippers, 5-8 Guard, Junior from Houston, Texas
#3 Haley Howard, 5-11 Forward, Redshirt Sophomore from Whiteland, Indiana
#5 Liz Stratman, 6-2 Center, Junior from New Palestine, Indiana
#10 Mandy McDivitt, 5-8 Guard, Senior from Connersville, Indiana
#23 Lexus Murry, 5-7 Guard, Sophomore from Indianapolis, Indiana

BIG EAST Preseason Poll
1) DePaul (8) - 79 Points
2) Creighton (2) - 67 Points
3) St. John's - 62 Points
4) Villanova - 56 Points
5) Marquette - 55 Points
6) Georgetown - 36 Points
7) Butler - 31 Points
8) Providence - 25 Points
9) Xavier - 20 Points
10) Seton Hall - 19 Points

Preseason All-BIG EAST Team
Daress McClung, Butler, G/F, Sr., 6-0, Indianapolis, Ind.
Marissa Janning, Creighton, G, So., 5-8, Watertown, Minn.
Sarah Nelson, Creighton, F, Sr., 6-0, Omaha, Neb.
Jasmine Penny, DePaul, F, Sr., 6-1, Logansport, Ind.
Andrea White, Georgetown, F, 6-0, Sr., Lancaster, Va.
Katherine Plouffe, Marquette, F, Sr., 6-3, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Tori Rule, Providence, Jr., G, 5-7, Minneapolis, Minn.
Aliyyah Handford, St. John's, G, So., 5-9, Newark, N.J.
Ka-Deidre Simmons, Seton Hall, G, R-Jr., 5-8, Newark, N.J.
Caroline Coyer, Villanova, G, So., 5-10, Oak Hill, Va.

3 Years... 3 Conferences
The Butler Bulldogs were part of the Horizon League for 11 years before making the switch to the Atlantic 10 in 2012-13. The conference change to the A-10 was only the beginning as Butler joined the BIG EAST conference at the start of the 2013-14 season. 

Stratman's National Rankings
Liz Stratman leads the BIG EAST Conference and ranks 32nd nationally in blocked shots per game (2.38). The junior center is currently second in the conference and 24th in the nation with a 56.8 field goal percentage.

Schippers Conference Rankings               
Combo guard Taylor Schippers ranks fifth in the BIG EAST with a 79.2 free throw percentage and nine in the conference in assists, averaging 3.7 per game.

Sweet Sixteen
Butler hit a season-high 16 3-point field goals at Georgetown. The offensive explosion started in the first half when Mandy McDivitt hit five of her season-high six 3-pointers in the opening 20 minutes. Blaire Langlois followed up with five triples while Taylor Schippers and Ashton Feldhaus each added two. Haley Howard was the fifth player to record a three vs. the Hoyas as Butler finished the game 16-for-35 (45%).

42 Percent
Through 19 games of the 2013-14 season both Butler and Providence are shooting 42 percent from the field. Butler is 445-for-1060 on the year compared to Providence at 496-for-1182. The Bulldogs are shooting 32 percent from 3-point range and 70 percent from the charity stripe. Providence hits 30 percent of their 3-point field goal attempts and 68 percent from the line.

3-Point Threat
Butler has made two or more 3-point field goals in every game this season. The group averages six made 3-point field goals per game and their season-low total of two 3-pointers came in the 23 point blowout win over Eastern Washington.

70 Points Or Less
Team defense will be a key element to Tuesday night's outcome as the Bulldogs will look to hold the Friars under 70 points. The Bulldogs are 0-5 when allowing 70 points or more in a game, but they are 5-1 when allowing 60 points or less. Providence enters the match-up averaging 71.9 points per game. They scored 65 points against Butler in the first-ever meeting back on Jan. 1, yet they are coming off a high-scoring 90-87 loss to Seton Hall on Saturday.

McDivitt for 3!
Senior Mandy McDivitt has moved into fifth place all-time in the Butler women's basketball record book with 147 career 3-point field goals. McDivitt recorded 25 3-point field goals as a freshman, 47 as a sophomore, and 41 as a junior. She most recently hit three 3-point field goal vs. DePaul moving her current season 3-point total to 34.

Up Next
After three-straight home games at Hinkle Fieldhouse, the Butler women's basketball team will travel to Xavier to face the Musketeers on Saturday, Feb. 1. Tip-off is slated for 5 p.m.