Women’s basketball: Bulldogs face Falcons

The Butler women’s basketball team is looking to continue its winning ways as it travels to Bowling Green today.

The Falcons (4-3) are coming into the contest on a one-game win streak after beating Colorado State 71-49 last Saturday.

Bowling Green is historically one of the top mid-major women’s basketball programs in the country. Under former coach Curt Miller, the team has won 74 percent of its games between 2001 and 2012.

The Bulldogs (3-4) and Falcons have split the all-time series, with each team winning three games. The series dates back to 1998, when the two teams split a pair of meetings. Butler coach Beth Couture is 1-2 in her career against the Falcons.

Last year, Bowling Green earned a 71-61 victory over the Bulldogs.

Butler is coming into today’s game off a 65-59 victory over Eastern Michigan (1-5) at Hinkle Fieldhouse on Nov. 28.

Junior Daress McClung scored a game-high 18 points and grabbed a game-high 10 rebounds to help Butler get the win. She also added four blocks.

Sophomore Taylor Schippers chipped in with 15 points, six rebounds and six assists for the Bulldogs.

Both McClung and Schippers are transfers playing in their first season in a Bulldog uniform. The two have led the team in scoring in all seven games this season.

McClung said it wasn’t easy sitting out a season but credits her teammates for helping her get back into the action.

“It’s hard to get back in your groove when you’re coming in a situation like that, but everyone has been working hard,” McClung said. “This game tonight showed us that we may not do everything right, but we can still pull out a win.”

Schippers scored 10 of her points in the second half and, along with sophomore Hannah Douglas, helped hold the lead for Butler down the stretch.

With less than six minutes left in the second half, Schippers made a jump shot that tied the game at 50.

She followed with another basket that would end up giving Butler the lead for good.

The Bulldogs finished the game on a 15-9 run, including five clutch free throws from Schippers and Douglas in the waning minutes of the game to close the door on Eastern Michigan.

“It was one of those games that you just have to grind out,” Couture said. “We got that six-point lead and were able to hold on.

“In our women’s basketball program any win is a good win.”

Douglas finished in double-figures for Butler on 4-of-9 shooting and added five rebounds.  Freshman Katie Brewer added nine points off the bench in her 22 minutes of play.

Couture said she was happy with the play from her bench.

“I felt like Brewer had a great game for a freshman,” Couture said. “We’re playing a lot of young kids, and they’re getting a lot of valuable time.”

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