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UTM’s Butler fastest to 1,000

UTM’s Butler fastest to 1,000
Heather Butler has set a new speed record.
The UT Martin sophomore guard became the fastest Skyhawk women’s basketball player to reach 1,000 career points in play earlier this week.
With 9:08 remaining in the game at Morehead State Monday night, Butler scored her 1,000th point when she took a long inbounds pass from senior Taylor Hall and made a layup.
She is now the 12th player in school history to score 1,000 career points, becoming the fastest to do so by reaching the milestone in just 50 games.
The Medina native is averaging 22.2 points per game, which is the ninth best in the country.
Scoring points is nothing new to Butler.
As a member of two TSSAA state championship teams at Gibson County, she averaged 25 points a game her senior season, when the Lady Pioneers posted a 39-0 record.
Butler capped her prep playing career in style, setting a state tournament record with 98 points in the three-game stretch at Murfreesboro.
After signing with the Skyhawks, she played in 31 of the team’s 32 games last season, missing only one game due to illness.
Butler scored 589 points as a freshman at UTM, averaging 19 points a game. She scored in double figures in every game she played, hitting for a career-high 37 against Murray State on Dec. 22. She totaled 13 in her first collegiate game, and 11 points was her season-low last year.
Playing an average of 38.3 minutes a game, Butler was an All-Ohio Valley Conference first-team selection and was also named the league’s newcomer and freshman of the year.
The Skyhawks won the OVC Tournament and advanced to the NCAA Tournament last season, closing the season in the first round at Duke.
She has 415 points this season and has led the team in scoring 13 times, posting a season-best 29 Saturday at Eastern Kentucky.
UT Martin, currently 11-8 overall and 5-1 in the OVC, returns to action Saturday, hosting Southeast Missouri with tip-off set for 6 p.m. Published in The Messenger 1.26.12

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