Indianapolis, Ind. - The Butler women's basketball team officially wrapped up its impressive 2008-09 campaign on Sunday, April 26, with its annual end-of-the-year banquet at the Reilly Room at Atherton Union. The event featured highlights from the season as well as the presentation of the team's post season awards.
Senior guard Candyce Brown was named the team's Best Defensive Player. The Pickerington, Ohio, native started in all 18 Horizon League contests during the year and provided stifling defense in the back court with 39 steals.
Sophomore guard Brittany Bowen claimed the Best Offensive Player award after pacing the squad with 10.9 points per game, including a team-high 49 three-pointers. A native of Columbus, Ind., she finished the year as the Butler leader with a .405 three-point percentage and a .829 free-throw percentage.
Sophomore forward Chloe Hamilton and freshman guard Kaley May were both tabbed with the team's Best Attitude award. Hamilton - a native of Holt, Mich. - appeared in 23 games during her second year and averaged 7.4 minutes per contest, while May - an Avon, Ind., native - saw action in nine games in her rookie campaign and averaged 3.8 minutes.
The team's Most Improved Player distinction went to sophomore guard Terra Burns. After averaging 4.4 minutes per game in 16 appearances as a freshman in 2007-08, the Peoria, Ill., native went on to start in 24 of her 32 games played and finished as the team's leader with 2.6 assists per game, fourth with 24.5 minutes per game and fifth with 5.9 points per contest.
Junior forward Susan Lester was voted the team's Most Valuable Player after putting together an all-around impressive season. The Anderson, Ind., native ranked second on the team with 6.0 rebounds and 1.2 three-pointers made per game, third with 10.2 points and 1.5 steals per contest and fifth with 1.3 assists per game. She was also named the Horizon League's Player of the Week twice and finished the 2008-09 season just six points shy of becoming the 20th player in school history with 1,000 career points.
The team's Sixth Man Award, which is presented annually to a staff member who has gone above and beyond the requirements of their job, was presented to assistant sports information director Chris Urban, who finished up his third season as the media relations contact for the women's basketball program.
The Bulldogs notched their second-straight 20-win campaign, tied the school record for most conference wins in a season, posted their highest out-right finish in the league standings in over a decade and advanced to post season play for the first time since 1998.