January 23, 2007

Jackie Closser Named Horizon League Scholar Athlete Of The Week

Jan. 23, 2007

Indianapolis, Ind. - After performing at an exceptional level both athletically and academically, senior guard Jackie Closser was named the Horizon League's Female Scholar Athlete of the Week. The league made the announcement on Tuesday (Jan. 23).

Closser put together a strong offensive performance last week, notching a team-high 17 points, including a perfect 12-for-12 performance from the free-throw line, in a win at Detroit on Jan. 18 before tying her season-high point total with 19 at IPFW on Jan. 20.

Closser currently leads the Bulldogs in scoring with 13.3 points per game, 3.9 assists per game and 2.2 three-pointers per game. Her 87.0 percent accuracy from the free-throw line is tied for the best mark in the Horizon League and is tied for the 26th-best percentage in the NCAA.

One of the most prolific three-point shooters in school history, Closser holds the school records for single-season three-point totals (84 in 2005-06) and career three-point totals (225 and counting). She is also one of only 18 players in school history with 1,000 career-points and is on pace to become Butler's all-time leader in minutes played.

The elementary education major has been a model student off the court, touting a 3.616 grade point average. She was named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District V Team last season and is a two-time member of the Horizon League Academic Honor Roll.

"We are really proud of what Jackie has accomplished at Butler," head coach Beth Couture said. "She works hard at everything she does, whether it's in practice or in class. She has done some outstanding things for us as a player, and she will continue to do so in the future."

The Bulldogs host UW-Green Bay on Thursday (Jan. 25) beginning at 7:00 p.m. at Hinkle Fieldhouse.