Twitter - @ButlerWBB
INDIANAPOLIS – The Butler women's basketball team will host Xavier at Hinkle Fieldhouse on Tuesday night. All fans are encouraged to wear grey to the game that tips at 7 p.m. The first 100 students in attendance will receive free grey t-shirts and pizza.
Date: Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014 / 7:00 PM
Location: Indianapolis, Ind. / Hinkle Fieldhouse (10,000)
Live Stats: ButlerSports.com
Series History: Butler leads the all-time series vs. Xavier 18-14
Last Meeting: Butler defeated Xavier 68-54 on Feb. 1
Scouting Xavier (8-19, 3-12 BIG EAST)
The Musketeers have lost nine-straight games heading into Tuesday night's matchup at Hinkle Fieldhouse moving their overall record to 8-19. The team picked up two BIG EAST wins early in the season over St. John's (70-65) and Georgetown (85-68). Their last win of the conference season came on Jan. 18 when they defeated the Providence Friars 75-52.
The second meeting vs. Providence didn't go as well as the Friars defeated Xavier 61-59 on Saturday. The Musketeers had four players reach a double figure scoring total in a losing effort with Maddison Blackwell leading the way with a team-high 21 points on 8-of-14 shooting. Blackwell has recently jumped into the starting lineup and has helped pick up the scoring load along with Ashley Wanninger and Briana Glover. Wanninger is a do-it-all player that currently leads the team in points, rebounds and assists.
Shatrya Hawkes, Jenna Crittendon and Leah Schaefer have all been missing from the Xavier starting lineup in recent weeks making room for Kayla Davis and Sydney Neal to log more minutes. Davis grabbed eight rebounds, dished out four assists and scored three points in her last game. Neal led the team in both blocked shots (2) and steals (3).
Butler leads the all-time series over Xavier 18-14. The first game between these two programs was played during the 1982-83 season with Butler taking a 71-64 win. Butler also won the most recent matchup with a 68-54 victory over the Musketeers on Feb. 1. 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
The Butler women's basketball team was defeated by the final score of 97-64 on Saturday night by the DePaul Blue Demons at McGrath-Phillips Arena. A full-court press from DePaul forced Butler into committing a season-high 25 turnovers which resulted in 32 points for the home team.
DePaul, the top-scoring team in the BIG EAST, improved to 21-6 on the year with the victory. They had 14 players see action on Saturday, 12 of which scored at least two points. Megan Rogowski led all players with a game-high 22 points on 8-of-10 shooting. She hit five of her six 3-point field goals and also added four assists.
Butler had four players reach a double figure score total. Daress McClung and Taylor Schippers each scored 155. McClung added eight rebounds while Schippers connected on three 3-point field goals after coming off the bench for the second-straight game. Liz Stratman had 12 points and Haley Howard was in the scoring column with 11.
The game was broken wide open midway through the first half as the Blue Demons went on a 32-5 run in an eight minute span that gave them a 34-9 lead. Butler scored two quick buckets at the beginning of the game, but the ball pressure from DePaul switched the momentum.
Adding to the trouble was the hot 3-point shooting from DePaul as the Blue Demons ended the night 13-for-23 from long distance (56%).
- Butler ranks 113th in the latest RPI poll, just nine spots behind Marquette (104)
- Haley Howard didn't miss a shot at DePaul: 3-3 FG, 1-1 3FG, 4-4 FT
- Serena Sandusky logged 14 minutes of playing time at DePaul
- Butler shot 57% from the field in the second half during the first meeting at Xavier
- Shatyra Hawkes was dismissed from Xavier for violating athletic department rules
- Daress McClung leads the team in points (15.2) and rebounds (6.7)
- Liz Stratman leads the BIG EAST with 61 blocked shots (2.5 per game)
- Stratman moved to 5th all-time at Butler for most blocked shots in a season (61)
- Mandy McDivitt ranks 5th all-time at Butler with 163 career 3-point field goals
#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
#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.
Top to Bottom
Butler faced one of the top teams in the BIG EAST on Saturday night when they traveled to McGrath-Phillips Arena to face DePaul. The Blue Demons lead the conference in many statistical categories including scoring offense (83.9), scoring margin (+12.0), field goal percentage (44.9), 3-point field goal percentage (35.1), assists (20.3), steals (12.0) and turnover margin (+5.8).
Tuesday's opponent happens to fall on the other end of the spectrum as Xavier is dead last in the BIG EAST in scoring offense (60.8), scoring margin (-8.5), field goal percentage (37.9), 3-point field goal defense (35.4), rebounding margin (-6.4), blocked shots (2.5), and assists (11.4).
Stratman's National Ranking
Liz Stratman leads the BIG EAST Conference and ranks 24th nationally in blocked shots per game (2.52).
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 83.2 free throw percentage and fourth in 3-point field goal percentage (36.9). McClung is seventh in blocked shots per game (1.0) and 10th in scoring (15.2). McDivitt is ninth in 3-point field percentage (35.0) and third in minutes played (34.4).
Strength in Numbers
Xavier's roster has changed dramatically since Feb. 1 when these two teams squared off at the Cintas Center. Shatyra Hawkes, Xavier's leading scorer, has been dismissed from the team for violation athletic department rules as announced by the Xavier Athletic Communications office. Only seven players appeared in the box score for Xavier during their last game at Providence.
The Butler women's basketball team will be wearing grey uniforms against Xavier on Tuesday to promote their "Fog Out" theme. Fans are also being asked to wear grey to the game that tips at 7 p.m. The first 100 students that attend the game will receive grey t-shirts and pizza.
Butler is the only team in the BIG EAST that has the same conference record at home as they do on the road. With the loss at DePaul on Saturday, the Bulldogs moved to 5-7 on the road against BIG EAST opponents. They enter Tuesday night with a 5-7 record against league foes at Hinkle Fieldhouse.
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 now has 163 made 3-point field goals in her career placing her fifth overall in the Butler women's basketball record book. McDivitt has a chance to climb into the top three in the category as Brittany Bowen (07-11) currently sits in fourth with 164 career 3-pointers and Debbie Benziger (95-98) is ranked third with 167 triples. McDivitt most recently hit one 3-point field at DePaul, moving her season total to 50. She was able to reach this plateau by hitting 25 3-point field goals as a freshman, 47 as a sophomore, and 41 as a junior.
Butler will play two more games during the month of March to round out the regular season. Senior day is set for March 1 as the 'Dogs host Seton Hall in a pivotal meeting at 2 p.m. The regular season finale will follow at Creighton on Tuesday, March 4.