March 3, 2014

OVC Basketball Report

BRENTWOOD, Tenn. – The Ohio Valley Conference announced today that the University of Tennessee at Martin women’s basketball duo of Heather Butler and Ashia Jones have garnered the season’s final adidas OVC Player and Freshman of the Week honors, respectively.

The duo helped lead the team to a 22-7 regular season worksheet while posting a 15-1 record in OVC play. The two have been instrumental in leading the Skyhawks to the program’s second outright conference championships while earning the No. 1 seed in this week’s OVC Tournament.

Butler took home Co-Player of the Week honors after scoring 29 points against Eastern Illinois before tying a school single-game record with 44 points and nine made three-pointers versus Austin Peay. She also tallied five rebounds, four steals and three assists against APSU. Remaining highly efficient from the field, Butler shot 53 percent from the floor and 58 percent from beyond the arc for the week.

Butler currently sits 20th on the NCAA's all-time scoring list with 2,811 career points, becoming just the 21st player in NCAA history to eclipse the 2,800 point mark for her career. She also broke the OVC's career three-point field goals record with 381, passing Chynna Bozeman of Morehead State's previous mark of 377.

Jones recorded her third double-double in four games with 22 points and 10 rebounds in the win over Eastern Illinois. She followed that up with 16 points and six rebounds to help the Skyhawks defeat Austin Peay. Jones has scored in double figures in 14 consecutive games along, along with tallying 20 points or more in five straight contests.

This marks the 12th time this season that a Skyhawk has taken home at least one OVC weekly honor. The honor is Butler’s 11th career Player of the Week accolade and fifth this season. Jones has taken home six Freshman of the Week honors this season, finishing the season with three consecutive weeks of honors.

The Skyhawks will be back in action this Friday, March 7 when they open OVC Tournament with a semifinal matchup at noon.