Butler Women's Basketball Announces Team Awards

Head coach Beth Couture and the Butler women's basketball team celebrated its successful season at the team's postseason banquet.

At the banquet, which was held at the Snooty Fox restaurant on Indy's Northside, Couture announced the team's six awards. Five of the awards go to players and are tabulated by a team vote. One award goes to a non-player who is instrumental to the team's success during the season and is selected by Couture.

Senior Melanie Thornton, the team's leading scorer and rebounder, was named the team's MVP. The 6-foot-1 forward had a great season, being  named the Horizon League Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the year. She averaged 15.7 and 8.8 rebounds per game and was among the league leaders in steals and blocked shots.

Sophomore guard Devin Brierly was voted by her teammates as the team's top defensive player. Brierly shook off a bad ankle sprain early in the season to become a starter late in the season. She developed into one of the best perimeter defenders on the team. Brierly started 22 games this season and averaged 4.0 points per game while shooting .350 from 3-point range.

Freshman Elizabeth Jennings was named Most Improved Player and junior Azjah Bass was voted as Best Attitude. The 6-foot-1 Jennings saw action in 11 games, while Bass played in 28 games and started in two.

Senior manager Stephanie Scott was also honored with the team's Sixth Man Award, which is awarded to a non-player for contributing to the success of the team.

Butler finished 23-10 and advanced to the WNIT this season. The Bulldogs finished second in the regular season Horizon League standings and second in the league tournament.