INDIANAPOLIS - The Butler women's basketball team has added two players from Kentucky, Serena Sandusky and Ashton Feldhaus, during the early signing period. The two players have signed National Letters of Intent and will enroll at Butler in the fall of 2013.
"We are so excited to add these two players to our roster, they will definitely help us compete in the Atlantic 10 Conference," head coach Beth Couture said.
Sandusky is an all-city guard from Lexington, Ky. She averaged 16 points, six rebounds and four assists last year as a junior at Bryan Station High School, the same school as former Butler men's basketball star Shelvin Mack. Sandusky has been an all-region pick in each of her three seasons and was named all-tournament in her region three times. She's also a standout in the classroom, having been named all-district athlete of the week.
"Serena is a combo guard who is so smooth with the ball. She has the ability to get by her defender and get to the hole and finish," Couture said. "She is also a good 3-point shooter. When first watching her, I noticed her ability to pass the ball and her savvy. But having watched her more, she can really knock down shots. Serena is a calm, cool and collected player who has a hunger for always wanting to improve her game."
Feldhaus is a 6-2 shooting guard at Madison Central High School in Richmond, Ky. A member of theKentucky Junior All-Star team, Feldhaus was tabbed district MVP and and first team all-state last year. She already has surpassed 1,000 career points in high school and has led her team to several tournament championships. Like Sandusky, she is a three-time all-region honoree and has also won her team's awards for offense and blocked shots.
"Ashton is a tall and lean shooting guard who also will swing at some positions for us to cause match-up problems," Couture said. "She has a beautiful shot and is the type of player who could flourish in our system. Ashton has worked hard in the offseason at improving her rebounding and defense, and after following her this summer, I could really notice a difference. I think Ashton is just now growing into her body and her best basketball is ahead of her."
Next year, Sandusky and Feldhaus will be joining a team that will feature a lot of returning players. Butler has just one senior and two juniors on the roster this season. The two Kentuckians are Couture's first recruits from the Bluegrass State in 11 years at Butler.