February 9, 2006

Butler's Jackie Closser Earns Academic All-District Recognition

Feb. 9, 2006

Butler junior Jackie Closser has been recognized as a 2006 CoSIDA/ ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District selection, earning a spot on the women's basketball District V second team. Closser was honored from a pool of nominees that includes student-athletes from Indiana, Illinois, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Ontario and Manitoba. The team was chosen by voting members of the College Sports Information Directors of America and announced Thursday (Feb. 9).

In the classroom, Closser boasts a 3.49 grade point average as an elementary education major. She has been cited to both the Butler Athletic Director's and Horizon League Academic Honor Rolls. CoSIDA members select the All-District Team based on both athletic and academic performance from a list of nominated student-athletes who hold at least sophomore status, a minimum grade point average of 3.2 and are starters or key reserves for their team.

Closser has led the Bulldogs to a 12-10 (7-4 Horizon League) record so far this season, pacing the team in scoring (15.2 points per game), assists (5.43 assists per game), free throw shooting (.841), three-pointers made (2.95 per game) and assist/turnover ratio (1.87). She ranks first in the Horizon League in assists, three-pointers made and assist/turnover ratio, while standing in the top five in all five categories.

The 5-5 guard ranks 11th in the nation in three-pointers made and 23rd in assists following Monday's win at Detroit. Closser's 164 career three-pointers are just three off Butler's career mark, despite having more than a full season to play in her Butler tenure. She set the Bulldogs' single-season mark of 67 three-pointers last season and is on pace to shatter that record with 62 bombs already this season. Her 291 career assists are eighth in the Butler annals.

The Bulldogs return to the friendly confines of Hinkle Fieldhouse Saturday (Feb. 11), hosting UW-Milwaukee at 2 p.m. It's the first game in Indianapolis for the Bulldogs in two weeks and is a rematch of the overtime thriller that Butler won in Wisconsin New Year's Eve. Live video of the contest will be available on both www.butlersports.com and www.horizonleague.com.