24 Melanie Thornton
24 Melanie Thornton
Height: 6-1
Year: Senior
Hometown: Carmel, Ind.
High School: Carmel
Position: F

* 2010 Horizon League Player of the Year
* 2010 Horizon League Defensive Player of the Year
* First team All-Horizon League 

Career: Played in 117 games with 46 starts...finished with 954 points and 631 rebounds...finished 5th in Butler history with 126 blocked shots...stands 10th in school history in steals with 164.

2009-10 - Senior Season: Named Horizon League Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year...selected to Horizon League Championship all-tournament team...named by her teammates as Team MVP...ranked in the top 5 in the Horizon League in seven different categories...finished 2nd in the HL in scoring (15.7) and 3rd in rebounding (8.8)...scored in double figures in 27 of 30 games played and scored at least eight points in every game....posted 12 double-doubles...in her final collegiate game, scored a career-high 25 points and pulled in 15 rebounds in WNIT game at Illinois State (March 17)...tallied 15 points and nine rebounds in win at Indiana State (Dec. 9)...posted 14 points, 13 boards and three blocks in win at Cincinnati (Dec. 13)...had 17 points and career-high 16 rebounds vs. Ball State (Dec. 30)...totaled 24 points and 13 rebounds vs. UIC (Jan. 4)...scored 17 points with 14 rebounds at Detroit (Feb. 18)...totaled 24 points, six rebounds and four steals at Loyola (March 6)...had 16 points, 10 rebounds and four steals in league tourney final vs. Cleveland State (March 14).

2008-09 - Junior Season: Member of the Horizon League All-Defensive Team...named to the Holiday Inn &  Suites Express Midtown Thanksgiving All-Tournament Team after averaging 8.5 points and 10.0 rebounds in two games...her 308 points, 227 rebounds and 71 steals were more than her freshman and sophomore season totals combined... topped the team and was fourth in the Horizon League with 7.1 rebounds per game...ranked second in the league with 5.2 defensive rebounds and 1.4 blocked shots per contest...stood seventh in the league and 96th in the NCAA with 2.2 steals per game...fourth on the team with 9.6 points per contest...team leader in rebounds in 14 of the 32 games...tallied seven double-doubles...boasted 17 double-digit scoring games, including one with 20-plus points...tallied nine double-digit rebounding games...netted a career-high 23 points against Christian Brothers (Dec. 29).

2007-08 - Sophomore Season: Came off the bench in all 24 of her games played...finished second on the team with a .510 field goal percentage (26-for-51)...her 24 offensive rebounds were the fourth-most on the squad...scored a career-high 13 points on 6-for-7 shooting from the field against Oakland City (Dec. 3)...also pulled in a season-high eight rebounds while playing a season-best 15 minutes against OCU (Dec. 3)...was the high bench scorer in five contests...named the team's Most Improved Player.

2006-07 - Freshman Season: The top reserve post player, coming off the bench in all 31 of the team's contests...ranked fifth in the Horizon League with 0.9 blocks per game...finished seventh on the team with 3.0 rebounds per game...tallied career-highs with 10 points on two occasions, coming in back-to-back games at UIC (Feb. 10) and against Detroit (Feb. 17)...also tallied a career-best nine rebounds against the Titans in that same game, coming just short of her first double-double...twice registered four blocks, at Evansville (Dec. 6) and against Youngstown State (March 7)...netted her only 3-point attempt against Purdue (Dec. 10).

High School: Nominated as a McDonald's All-American as a senior...tabbed as a Top-40 player in 2004 and 2005...Indiana Junior All-Star and Indiana All-North Team member in 2005 and 2006...also named as an Indiana All-Star, Indianapolis Star North-South All-Star and Hoosier Classic All-Star in 2006...named to the Hamilton County All-Star team three seasons and to the all-conference squad in four...member of the Hoosier Basketball Magazine team...four-year letterwinner as a power forward and center...shot 45 percent from the field and averaged 5.2 rebounds as a senior...finished her high school career with 962 points...team captain as a senior...helped the team to a 20-5 record in 2006...also played AAU basketball for Indiana's Finest...team finished first in the state in six of her eight seasons and second in the other two...team was ranked as high as fourth in the nation...also lettered twice in track and field...named to the all-state team and all-conference squad in 2003...holds the school record with a 55 second split as the anchor of the 1,600 meter relay...her time helped earn a second-place showing at state...served as a Youth Athletic Ambassador for Carmel High School in promoting the NCAA Richer Principles Program...graduated with honors.

Personal: Born May 13, 1988...daughter of Don and Dee Thornton...exploratory business major.