Nov. 12, 2008
Indianapolis, Ind. - High school seniors Becca Bornhorst, Claire Freeman, Dragana Grbic and Liz Jennings have each signed National Letters of Intent to attend Butler and play basketball beginning in the fall of 2009. Head coach Beth Couture made the announcement at the start of the early signing period on Wednesday (Nov. 12).
"We are so excited to finally officially make these outstanding young ladies Bulldogs," Couture said. "They all have very strong resumes that will definitely help to fill the shoes of our four graduating seniors who have been instrumental in renewing the winning tradition at Butler University."
Bornhorst, a 6-1 power forward from Dublin, Ohio, was a first-team all-league and third-team all-district honoree while playing at Dublin Coffman High School. After missing her freshman and sophomore seasons due to injury, she came back as a junior to average over 11 points and nine rebounds per contest while helping the team to a 25-1 record and an appearance in the Elite 8 of the state finals.
Freeman, a 5-9 combo guard from Fishers, Ind., enters her senior season at Heritage Christian High School as a fourth-year starter and second-year team captain. The sister of recently graduated Butler forward Cassie Freeman, she helped her team to a 78-7 record and to the Class 2A state championship every year during her three seasons. A two-time Hoosier Basketball Magazine all state team member, she finished her junior campaign averaging 10.3 points, 4.8 assists and 2.8 rebounds per game.
Grbic, a 6-3 center from Terre Haute, Ind., was named to the IBCA Underclassman All-State Team and earned Associate Press All-State Honorable Mention as a junior at Terre Haute South High School last season. She also was named to the all-area team and was a South Junior All-Star. The team finished with a 20-6 record last year and advanced to the sectional championship game.
Jennings, a 6-1 forward from Anderson, Ind., was named to the IBCA Top 100 Underclassman Showcase in 2006 and 2007 and was tabbed to the all-conference and all-county teams in each of her three seasons. She helped Lapel High School to the sectional and regional championship as a sophomore while setting the school's single-season assists record during the year. As a junior last season, she averaged 11.9 points, 7.2 rebounds and 4.6 assists per contest.
Butler opens up the 2008-09 season on Friday (Nov. 14) when it heads to Columbus, Ohio, to face No. 18/19 Ohio State beginning at 7:00 p.m. at Value City Arena.