"I've been really excited about the way Terra and Azjah have been leaders for our team the last three years," head coach Beth Couture said. "The unique things this season is that we have three other capable seniors that will also will play leadership roles for this team."
Burns, a Peoria, Ill., native, started at point guard for all 33 games last year, leading the team in assists (4.2 per game) and minutes (28.8) She averaged 6.6 points per game last season and scored a career-high 15 at Dayton in December.
Bass, an Indianapolis native, won the team's mental attitude award last season after displaying excellent leadership on and off the court. She has played in 78 games over the last three seasons, making 13 starts. She is an 81 percent career free throw shooter.
Butler returns four starters from last year's 23-10 team that placed second in the Horizon League and played in the WNIT. The Bulldogs were picked second in the Horizon League women's basketball preseason poll.