INDIANAPOLIS - Loryn Goodwin, the 2013 Sun Belt Conference Newcomer of the Year last season at North Texas, will transfer to Butler and enroll this fall. She will have three years of eligibility after sitting out the 2013-14 season.
"When we found out a player like Loryn was looking to transfer, we knew we wanted to get her in our program," head coach Beth Couture said. "Loryn is very multi-dimensional. She is a tenacious defender, excellent 3-point shooter, she can attack the rim and she just flat out plays hard. Her confidence and passion for team success and her winning mentality really set Loryn apart from most. We couldn't be happier that she chose to join our Bulldog family and enter into the Big East era with us."
Goodwin, a 5-9 guard from Houston, Texas, averaged 13.1 points per game last season as a freshman at North Texas. She broke the school's single-season school record for most 3-pointers with 64 on the year. She was the only player in the nation this season with consecutive games of seven treys, accomplishing those marks against Florida International and Louisiana-Monroe. The games with seven 3-pointers were a freshman record North Texas. Defensively, she led the Sun Belt with 83 steals.
Goodwin played high school basketball at Cypress Falls High School in Texas, where she averaged 18.6 points, 7.8 rebounds, 5.1 assists and 3.6 assists as a senior. She led Cypress Falls to a 37-3 record and a No. 4 ranking in the state (36th nationally). Prior to playing at Cypress Falls, Goodwin played at Temple High School in Temple, Texas, averaging 19.7 points, 5.3 rebounds, 4.7 steals, and 3.0 assists as a junior in 2010-11.
A versatile athlete, she was named first team all-district in high school volleyball and track. The new Butler basketball player comes from strong athletic bloodlines. Her cousin, Marquise Goodwin, was picked 78th overall in the NFL Draft by the Buffalo Bills as a wide receiver. Marquise Goodwin was a four-time All-American in track and field at the University of Texas and competed in the 2012 Summer Olympics as a sprinter and long jumper.
Goodwin will join a Butler team that went 17-14 last season. Four starters return from last year's squad, which gained a berth into the WNIT for the fourth time in five years. The Bulldogs will compete in the Big East Conference next season after playing one campaign in the Atlantic 10.