Butler Welcomes Georgetown to Hinkle Fieldhouse
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INDIANAPOLIS – The Bulldogs will look to get some revenge against Georgetown on Saturday in an effort to tie up the regular season series. The contest will serve as the annual Breast Cancer Awareness game for the Butler women's basketball program. $2 from every adult ticket sold will benefit the 2014 St. Vincent Cancer Walk. Pink game jerseys will also be auctioned off in the coming weeks.
Date: Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014 / 2:00 PM
Location: Indianapolis, Ind. / Hinkle Fieldhouse (10,000)
Live Stats: ButlerSports.com
Series History: Georgetown leads the all-time series 1-0
Last Meeting: Georgetown defeated Butler 85-79 on Jan. 11
Scouting Georgetown (8-17, 2-11 BIG EAST)
The Hoyas are 8-17 overall with a 2-11 record against BIG EAST opponents. After posting a 6-6 record in non-conference games, Georgetown got off to a rough start to BIG EAST action as they dropped their first two games by a combined four points, taking two overtime losses at home.
After losing three straight, they came from behind to beat Butler on Jan. 11, but that win didn't change the outlook of the season as the Hoyas would go on to lose seven-straight conference matchups.
The GU losing streak came to an end recently however as the Hoyas earned a 66-58 home win over Xavier on Feb. 8. They nearly made it two in a row with a win over Seton Hall, but the Pirates pulled off the comeback victory to edge out Georgetown 72-71.
Senior Andrea White is the heart and soul of the team, but freshman Natalie Butler has moved up to share the spotlight by averaging 14 points and 13 rebounds per contest. White, Butler, Faith Woodard and Katie McCormick all average double figure scoring totals while Samisha Powell is in charge of distributing the ball.
Butler hit a season-high 16 3-point field goals in the first-ever meeting between the two programs, but a late 17-8 run from Georgetown in the final three minutes of the game gave the Hoyas a 1-0 lead in the all-time series as they defeated the Bulldogs 85-79 on Jan. 11.
Mandy McDivitt and Blaire Langlois were each lights out from behind the arc as the duo combined to hit 11 3-point field goals for the Bulldogs. Langlois scored a career-high 19 points going 5-of-7 from distance. McDivitt did a majority of her damage in the first half as the senior tied her career-high with 18 points on 6-of-13 shooting.
Butler ended the game with four players in double figures as Liz Stratman poured in 12 points and Haley Howard added 11. Ashton Feldhaus scored a career-high nine points with a few late buckets and the guard combination of Taylor Schippers and Lexus Murry rounded out the scoring with six and four points respectively.
Andrea White led Georgetown to victory behind a 25 point, 10 rebound performance. Faith Woodard was a force with 16 points and six rebounds, but the game turned around behind the high-level of play between Katie McCormick and Natalie Butler who each exploded in the second half to pace the team with 18 and 15 points respectively.
Last Time Out
Sophomore guard Lexus Murry scored a career-high 16 points on Wednesday night in a losing effort as Butler dropped a 61-46 decision to the Villanova Wildcats.
Murry scored 14 of her team-high 16 points in the second half. She put together a great all-around game with five assists, three rebounds and zero turnovers. Unfortunately for Butler, Murry came down with a left knee injury towards the end of the contest. The extent of the injury is still unknown.
Butler faced a 25-17 deficit at halftime after shooting 25 percent from the field. The turning point on Wednesday night came in the opening minutes of the second half as the Wildcats went on a 15-2 run to extend their lead.
Each team played better in the second half than in the first shooting 44 and 46 percent from the field respectively. Villanova was the better team from 3-point land as the Wildcats hit 10-of-30 from distance compared to just 3-for-11 from Butler.
Butler struggled to score at times through the game and most 50-50 balls seemed to bounce Villanova's way. Haley Howard scored nine points for the 'Dogs and Daress McClung came off the bench to add eight.
Center Liz Stratman grabbed a game-high 13 rebounds while adding seven points and both Ashton Feldhaus and Blaire Langlois ended the game with three points.
- $2 from every adult ticket sold today will benefit the 2014 St. Vincent Cancer Walk
- Lexus Murry scored a career-high 16 points at Villanova on 7-of-11 shooting
- Blaire Langlois scored a career-high 19 points at Georgetown in 37 mins of play
- Mandy McDivitt scored a season-high 18 points vs the Hoyas by hitting six 3-pointers
- Ashton Feldhaus scored a career-high nine points at Georgetown (1/11)
- Butler hit a season-high 16 3-point field goals vs. Georgetown in the first meeting
- Liz Stratman leads the BIG EAST with 55 blocked shots (2.6 per game)
- Stratman moved to seventh all-time at Butler for most blocked shots in a season (55)
- Mandy McDivitt ranks 5th all-time at Butler with 158 career 3-point field goals
#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.
Free Throw Battle
Georgetown shot 88.5 percent from the charity stripe in the first meeting, connecting on 23 of their 26 attempts. 23 made free throws is the second highest total recorded against Butler this season. Georgetown enters the weekend shooting 65.8 percent from the line. They are 349-for-530 on the season.
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.
Couture in Conference
Since taking over the women's basketball program, (2002-03) Head Coach Beth Couture has only had one losing record during conference play. The Bulldogs went 6-23 overall during the 2002-03 season, posting a conference record of 3-13. From that point forward, Couture has finished above .500 on eight occasions and at .500 two times.
McDivitt for 3!
Senior Mandy McDivitt has moved into fifth place all-time in the Butler women's basketball record book with 158 career 3-point field goals. McDivitt recorded 25 3-point field goals as a freshman, 47 as a sophomore, and 41 as a junior. Her current season 3-point total is 45.
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 25th nationally in blocked shots per game (2.5). The junior center is currently third in the conference and 47th in the nation with a 51.6 field goal percentage.
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%).
BIG EAST Rankings
Taylor Schippers, Daress McClung and Mandy McDivitt join Stratman as Bulldogs who rank in the top ten of BIG EAST statistical categories. Schippers ranks third with an 82.0 free throw percentage and fifth in 3-point field goal percentage (37.0). McClung is fourth in blocked shots per game (1.1), ninth in scoring (14.9) and 10th in rebounding (6.6). McDivitt is seventh in 3-point field goals per game (1.96) and third in minutes played (34.2).
Butler's final road test in February will come next Saturday on the 22nd when the team travels to Chicago to face DePaul. Wednesday will be treated as an off day as the Bulldogs prepare for one of the top teams in the conference. Tip-off is slated for 8:00 p.m.