May 1, 2007
Indianapolis, Ind. - The Butler women's basketball team officially wrapped up its memorable 2006-07 campaign on Sunday (April 29) with its annual end-of-the-year dinner and banquet at the Krannert Room in Clowes Memorial Hall. The Bulldogs finished the year with 16 wins, the most in eight years, and a second place finish in the Horizon League standings, the highest mark since the 1997-98 season.
Freshman post Susan Lester was named the team's Most Improved Player. The Anderson, Ind. native finished her rookie campaign as the team's leading rebounder (6.6 rebounds) and third-best scorer (9.2 points). After averaging 6.3 points and 4.4 rebounds playing mostly as a reserve in her first 17 games, Lester was a crucial part of the Bulldogs' run to the league championship game, finishing the final 14 contests averaging 13.3 points and 9.2 rebounds per game while posting eight of her team-best nine double-doubles.
Senior guard Jackie Closser took home the team's Offensive Award, as well as the Most Valuable Player distinction. The Alexandria, Ind. native led the Bulldogs with 14.6 points per game and 3.7 assists per game while ranking in the NCAA top-10 with 2.7 three-pointers per game. The 17th Butler player to score 1,000 points in her career, she finished her final season by setting six school records, including three-pointers made in a game (seven), season (85) and career (271), minutes played in a single season (1,148) and career (3,751) and career free-throw percentage (.841).
Junior forward Cassie Freeman garnered the Bulldog Award, which is presented by the coaching staff to the player that displayed leadership, sportsmanship and good character on and off the court. A native of Fishers, Ind., Freeman played in all 31 of the Bulldogs' games while serving as one of the team's co-captains. She saw action primarily as a starter, averaging 6.7 points and 3.5 rebounds per game while ranking as one of only two post players in the top-15 of the Horizon League three-point percentage standings.
The Sixth Man award, which is presented annually to a staff member who has gone above and beyond the requirements of their job, was presented to associate athletic trainer Ryan Galloy. In his third season with the women's basketball program, Galloy was an instrumental part of the Bulldogs' run through the tournament, providing skilled care in injury prevention, assessment and treatment. He also proved to be one of the more vocal motivators on the Butler bench during games and in practice.
The Butler basketball team was also presented with their Horizon League Championship Runner-Up trophies and recognized for its outstanding effort during the 2006-07 season.