INDIANAPOLIS – A deep 3-point field goal from Taylor Schippers with only 13 seconds to play in regulation gave Butler a 72-69 win over Providence on Tuesday night. The Bulldogs are now 9-11 overall with a 4-5 record in the BIG EAST.
Schippers ended up with the game-winner, but it was the hot 3-point shooting from Mandy McDivitt that changed the momentum of the game.
Tori Rule extended the Providence lead to five points with 7:13 remaining in the second half with a jumper in the paint that moved the score to 57-52. McDivitt countered the shot by getting to the free throw line and cashing in on two attempts that cut the deficit to a one possession game. On the very next trip down, McDivitt drained a 3-point field goal to tie the game at 57-57.
McDivitt wasn't done as another 3-point field goal made it eight-straight points for the senior as she gave BU the lead with just over five minutes to play.
"McDivitt never takes a play off," Head Coach Beth Couture said. "She understands it's not just all about scoring. Those back-to-back 3-pointers were huge and that's what a senior is supposed to do. She put us on her back and played so hard."
Providence stayed in the game with a 3-point field goal on their next possession and the game would go back and forth to the final whistle.
A late foul call deep into the shot clock gave PC a two point lead with 1:29 left as Aliyah Miller stepped to the line to make two free throws. Daress McClung would once again knot the score as the senior drove through the paint to tie the game at 69-69 with 1:09 to play.
With the game on the line, the Bulldog defense stood up to the challenge as Liz Stratman recorded a block that got Butler the ball back with 44 seconds left. The ball was swung around the perimeter by nearly every player on the court before Schippers pulled up with the deep 3 off the assist from Lexus Murry. The Friars got two 3-point field goals off in the final 10 seconds of the game, but neither went in as the 'Dogs survived for the victory.
"I'm just really proud of our players," Couture said. "I'm really proud of this win, we needed that one and we will prepare for the next one."
McDivitt ended the game with a team-high 17 points and 11 rebounds. She was one of four Bulldogs to reach double figures along with McClung, Stratman and Schippers.
"I was feeling it," McDivitt said after the game. "My teammates did a great job of getting me the ball... I just try to do everything I can to put my team in a good position to win and if it's going to grab a rebound that's what I'll do. Tonight it ended up with me shooting."
McClung once again came off the bench for Butler. She ended the game with 15 points and eight rebounds. Stratman battled foul trouble, but still managed to score 10 points in 18 minutes. The late 3-point field goal from Schippers was her second of the game. She recorded 12 points, four rebounds and two assists.
Lexus Murry and Blaire Langlois were two other Bulldogs to post impressive stat lines as Murry went for eight points and five assists. Langlois also dished out five assists while adding six points.
"Lexus did a great job of penetrating the defense," Couture added. "She is becoming such a good point guard for us."
The Bulldogs shot 37 percent from the floor and 32 percent from long range. They outscored the PC bench 25-6 and won the turnover battle 11-to-19.
"We have been in a lot of close games and hopefully it has taught us that every possession down the stretch is important," Couture said. "I think our kids were really focused in on that."
Butler will return to action on Saturday with a road game at Xavier. The contest will air live on Fox Sports 2 with tip-off slated for 5 p.m.