Oct. 11, 2006
Indianapolis, Ind. - After advancing to the semi-finals of the Horizon League Championship a season ago, the Butler women's basketball team has been picked to finish third in the league's regular season this year, according to the 2006-07 league preseason poll.
The Bulldogs garnered 192 points in the poll, including one first-place vote.
The Bulldogs finished just eight points behind second-place UW-Milwaukee (198 points, three first-place votes), which claimed the Horizon League regular season and tournament championship last season. UW-Green Bay, the league runner-up last year, claimed the top spot with 234 points, including 22 first-place votes.
"I feel like the poll shows how much parity there is in our league," head coach Beth Couture said. "The top five teams are close in the points, but it's going to be a great challenge every night, because anyone can beat you in any given game.
"We're excited to be picked third, but the most important thing to us is where we finish in the final standings at the end of the year."
Butler advanced to the semifinals of the Horizon League Championship last season, going 15-14 overall and 9-7 in league play. The eight returning Bulldogs accounted for 94.5 percent of the team's scoring, 83.7 percent of its rebounding, 83.6 percent of its assists and 100 percent of its three-pointers made.
2006-07 Horizon League
Women's Basketball Preseason Poll
First-place votes in parenthesis
1. UW-Green Bay, 234 points (22)
2. UW-Milwaukee, 198 points (3)
3. Butler, 192 points (1)
4. UIC, 185 points (1)
5. Wright State, 132 points
6. Loyola, 83 points
7. Youngstown State, 72 points
8. Detroit, 63 points
9. Cleveland State, 56 points