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INDIANAPOLIS – Butler and Xavier will renew their rivalry on Saturday afternoon as the women's basketball team heads to Cincinnati, Ohio to face the Musketeers on Feb. 1. The game can be seen live on Fox Sports 2. Tip-off is slated for 5 p.m.
Date: Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014 / 5:00 PM
Location: Cincinnati, Ohio / Cintas Center (10,250)
TV: Fox Sports 2
Live Stats: GoXavier.com
Series History: Butler leads the all-time series vs. Xavier 17-14
Last Meeting: The Bulldogs defeated the Musketeers 71-67 during the 2012-13 season
Scouting Xavier (8-13, 3-6 BIG EAST)
The Musketeers are 8-13 overall with a 3-6 record in BIG EAST competition. A much better team at home than on the road, Xavier picked up a 70-65 win over St. John's in the BIG EAST home opener, marking the only time the Red Storm have been beat in conference play.
Losers of three-straight, including five of their last six, Xavier will return to the Cintas Center after taking road losses at Villanova and St. John's to end the month of January. All three of Xavier's conference wins have come on their home court. The defeated Georgetown 85-68 three days after defeating St. John's in the first-meeting and they also defeated Providence on Jan. 18.
First-year head coach Brian Neal has a pair of talented guards that leads the team in scoring. Shatyra Hawkes is scoring 14 points per game and leading the team in assists. Teammate Ashley Wanninger is second on the team with an 11.1 scoring average.
Butler leads the all-time series over Xavier 17-14. These two teams last met on the hardwood just one year ago as members of the A-10 conference. The Bulldogs recorded a 71-67 home win in the matchup. The first game between these two programs was played during the 1982-83 season with Butler taking a 71-64 win.
Butler and Xavier were each members of the MCC from 1986-87 to 1994-95. Xavier left after the 1995 season and Butler changed over to the Horizon League during the 2001-02 season.
Last Time Out
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. 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.
McDivitt scored eight-straight points for Butler near the end of the second half to give the Bulldogs a three-point edge with five minutes to play. The game remained close to the final buzzer as Daress McClung tied the score at 69-69 on a driving score with just 1:09 to play.
The Bulldogs got a stop and ended up winning the game on the team's final possession. 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.
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.
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.
- Taylor Schippers hit the game-winning 3-point field goal vs PC with 13 seconds left
- Mandy McDivitt led BU with 17 points and 11 rebounds vs Providence
- Daress McClung came off the bench to score 15 points and grab eight rebounds
- Lexus Murry and Blaire Langlois each dished out a team-high five assists
- Today's game will be televised live on Fox Sports 2
- Opponents are shooting 44 percent from the floor against Xavier this season
- Liz Stratman leads the BIG EAST with 42 blocked shots (2.3 per game)
- Butler has connected on 23 of their last 26 free throw attempts (88.5%).
- The Bulldogs have used eight different starting lineups this year
- Mandy McDivitt ranks 5th all-time at Butler with 152 career 3-point field goals
#1 Taylor Schippers, 5-8 Guard, Junior from Houston, Texas
#5 Liz Stratman, 6-2 Center, Junior from New Palestine, Indiana
#10 Mandy McDivitt, 5-8 Guard, Senior from Connersville, Indiana
#21 Daress McClung, 6-0 Forward, Senior from Indianapolis, 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.
Fox Sports 2
Saturday's game between Butler and Xavier will air live on Fox Sports 2. FOX Sports 2, formerly FUEL TV, is a new national 24-hour multi-sport cable channel launched by FOX Sports on Aug. 17, 2013 in approximately 37 million homes as a complement to the more fully distributed FOX Sports 1.
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.
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%).
Hey... I Know You
The Xavier faithful will most likely remember an old Musketeer when Liz Stratman steps onto the court. Stratman transferred to Butler after attending Xavier during the 2011-12 season. The center played in 12 games during her freshman campaign scoring 38 points (3.2 per game) and grabbing 53 rebounds (4.4).
Solid guard play will be important on Saturday as each team consists of players who can pressure the ball. Aliyah Zantt is currently second in the BIG EAST by averaging 2.4 steals per game. Taylor Schippers and Mandy McDivitt can also be found in the top-ten in the steals category, as the tandem is tied for 10th, averaging 1.5 steals per game. Xavier averages 16 turnovers per game and Butler is close behind averaging 15 miscues per contest. The team that takes care of the ball will have the edge between these two teams that are each battling to jump into the top half of the conference standings.
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
Xavier plays at a similar pace to Butler as the Musketeers enter the weekend averaging 62.2 points per game. The Bulldogs are 0-6 when allowing 70 points or more in a game, but they are 5-1 when allowing 60 points or less. Xavier has struggled recently on the offensive end of the court scoring just 48 points in the loss at St. John's and coming up with a season-low 32 points at Villanova on Jan. 25.
McDivitt for 3!
Senior Mandy McDivitt has moved into fifth place all-time in the Butler women's basketball record book with 152 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 five 3-point field goals vs. Providence moving her current season 3-point total to 39.
Butler will return to Hinkle Fieldhouse after facing Xavier on Saturday to host St. John's on Wednesday, Feb. 5. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m.