March 5, 2011

Bowen, Hamilton And Pittman Earn All-League Recognition

INDIANAPOLIS - Three Butler women's basketball seniors have been named All-Horizon League award winners. Brittany Bowen and Chloe Hamilton were each voted as second team All-Horizon League performers and Alyssa Pittman was tabbed the league's Sixth Player of the Year.

Bowen, a native of Columbus, Ind., is sixth in the league in scoring at 15.5 points per game. One of the best shooters in the league for the last three seasons, the 5-10 senior is fourth in the Horizon League in 3-point shooting (.388) and third in free throw percentage (.863). Bowen, who averaged 15.4 points and 6.4 rebounds in league games, was named the conference's player of the week on Jan. 10 after leading BU to road wins at Wright State and Detroit.

"Brittany has had a great career at Butler," head coach Beth Couture said. "For her to be recognized is a great way to end her career here. She has been a big part of our success last four years."

Hamilton, a Holt, Mich., native, is having the best season of her career as a senior. She is averaging 14.2 points and 6.7 rebounds while leading the league with a .587 field goal percentage. Her field goal percentage was ranked sixth in the nation in the NCAA's most recent statistical rankings. She finished league play shooting .602 and scoring 15.3 points and 7.3 rebounds. Hamilton was at her best on Feb. 10 at Youngstown State, scoring a career-high 34 points, the highest single-game performance for a Butler player since 2001.

"For Chloe to be named all-league is an honor related directly to her work ethic and the effort she plays with every night," Couture said. "Chloe has improved as much as any player I've ever coached. For her to receive this honor is definitely deserving."

A native of Elkhart, Ind., Pittman earns the nod as the league's top bench player after averaging 11.8 points a game during the regular season. The 5-9 senior, who scored 12.4 points per game in Horizon League action, leads the team with 58 3-pointers made. Pittman, who played her first two seasons at Eastern Michigan, scored a career-high 25 points on Feb. 24 at Milwaukee.

"I'm very proud of Alyssa," Couture said. "She has played through a lot of pain and she's definitely deserving of the sixth player award. She definitely sparked us off the bench all year."

Green Bay's Kayla Tetschlag and Celeste Hoewisch shared Horizon League Player of the Year honors after leading the Phoenix to an undefeated league season. Milwaukee's Lindsay Laur, Wright State's LaShawna Thomas and Cleveland State's Shawnita Garland joined Tetschlag and Hoewisch on the first team.

Along with Bowen and Hamilton, the second team all-league honorees were Youngstown State's Brandi Brown, Wright State's Molly Fox and Green Bay's Julie Wojta.

Butler (18-12, 12-6) will play as the No. 2 seed in the upcoming Horizon League Women's Basketball Championship. BU hosts the winner of Detroit and Valparaiso Wednesday, March 9 at 7 p.m.