February 10, 2006

Torn ACL Cuts Short Boeke's Senior Season

Feb. 10, 2006

Senior forward Stephanie Boeke will miss the remainder of the season after suffering a torn anterior cruciate ligament in her left knee during Butler's game at Detroit Monday (Feb. 6), the team announced Friday (Feb. 10). The injury occurred too late in the season for Boeke to be eligible for a medical redshirt. Boeke appeared in 98 games in her Butler career, including all 22 contests so far this season.

"We are just devastated to lose Steph at this point in her senior season," said Butler coach Beth Couture. "She has done everything we've asked of her these last four years. Steph embraced her role on the court this season and has been a big part of our success. It's going to be difficult to replace her leadership and passion on the court."

Boeke suffered the injury with six minutes remaining in the first half Monday going after a loose ball off a missed Butler shot. She did not return to the game.

The 5-10 forward ranks second on the team in both rebounds (6.3 per game) and assists (3.1 per game). Boeke started 17 of Butler's 22 games so far this season. She added 4.4 points per game and was shooting 83 percent from the free throw line. Entering this weekend's play, Boeke ranks in the top 10 among Horizon League players in six (rebounds, assists, blocked shots, assist/turnover ratio, offensive rebounding and defensive rebounding) of the league's 12 statistical categories.

Boeke, one of only two players to play under Couture in all four of her seasons and a 2005-06 co-captain, finishes her Butler career with 34 starts and career averages of 3.9 points, 3.5 rebounds and 1.4 assists per game.

The Bulldogs (12-10, 7-4 Horizon League) 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.