April 4, 2014

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OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – Senior guard Heather Butler on the University of Tennessee at Martin women’s basketball team has been named a first team All-American for the 2013-14 Senior CLASS Award. To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievement in four areas of excellence – community, classroom, character and competition.

An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School®, the Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities.

“We’re very excited for Heather, not only as a player but as a person to be highlighted as one of the top seniors in the country,” said UT Martin head coach Kevin McMillan. “To have a player that represents your program on the court, in the classroom and throughout the community is what any program looks for. To be recognized nationally for not only what she has done on the court, but within this community is a true testament to what kind of individual Butler is. She’s a great ambassador for our program, university and community.”

In the classroom, Butler has worked hard at maintaining a 3.86 GPA as a health and human performance major (K-12 licensure) and will graduate this spring. A three-time Ohio Valley Conference Commissioner’s Honor Roll honoree, she is also a multi-year selection to the UT Martin Chancellor’s Honor Roll. Butler was also recently named as a prestigious OVC Scholar-Athlete for the 2012-13 academic year, the league’s highest individual honor along with being tabbed to the CoSIDA Capital One Academic All-America second team.

A Medina, Tenn. native, Butler is also a member of the College of Education, Health and Behavioral Sciences Student Ambassadors organization, the UT Martin Athletics Board and the UT Martin SHAPE Club. She is also active with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, the Elementary School Reading Program and the Can Caravan Food Drive. She was chosen to be a DARE program graduation speaker in 2012 and 2013, speaking about making the right decisions to youth.

Butler has certainly left her mark on not only the UT Martin record books, but those of the OVC and the NCAA in her illustrious four year career. Butler ended her career as the school and conference’s all-time leader in points with 2,865 which ranks 16th in NCAA history. Named the 2014 OVC Player of the Year, Butler ranked ninth in the country in scoring with 23.6 points per game along with setting her third NCAA three-point record with 392 career three-pointers made. Included in her high scoring output was true consistency. Butler scored in double figures in 129 consecutive games, every game of her career, ranking as the second longest streak in NCAA history. Her mark of 129 games in double figures ranks fifth on the all-time NCAA list.

Along with her numerous accomplishments on the court - including four All-OVC first team honors, two outright OVC season championships, four OVC Tournament championships and four consecutive NCAA Tournament berths – her individual recognitions continue to grow as she was named a Final Five finalist for the Nancy Lieberman Award, nominee for the AllState WBCA Good Works team, CoSIDA Capital One Academic All-America second team and OVC Scholar-Athlete.

The All-American teams were comprised of finalists chosen by national media from the list of 10 women’s candidates announced in February. Nationwide fan voting resulted in Butler ranking in the top-five. Fans votes were then combined with media and Division I head coaches’ votes to determine the winners.

Joining Butler on the All-American first team was Senior CLASS Award winner Stephanie Dolson (Connecticut), Hallie Christofferson (Iowa State), Jordan Hooper (Nebraska) and Chiney Ogwumike (Stanford). The second team was comprised of Jerica Coley (Florida International), Natasha Howard (Florida State), Maggie Lucas (Penn State), Haley Peters (Duke) and Odyssey Sims (Baylor).

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