INDIANAPOLIS – Head Women's Basketball Coach Beth Couture announced the signings of two standout high school student-athletes on Wednesday afternoon. Sydney Buck and Nicole Orr each signed a National Letter of Intent to join the women's basketball program for the 2014-15 season.
"Both Sydney and Nicole come from dominant high school programs where they compete at a high level on a daily basis," Head Coach Beth Couture said. "Both are terrific young ladies who will represent the Butler Way in great fashion."
5-7 / Guard
Fort Wayne, Ind.
Buck will join the Butler women's basketball program after an outstanding career at Homestead High School. The combo guard enters her senior season with 950 career points which includes 202 made 3-point field goals. Buck is efficient from distance as she holds a career 3-point field goal percentage of 41.3. The IBCA Underclass 1st Team All-State selection can also hurt opponents from the charity stripe where she is a career 83.8 percent free throw shooter.
The two-time All-Northeast Hoosier Conference First Team selection helped her team post a 21-4 record during her junior season. The Spartans are 61-13 overall during Beck's tenure with one sectional championship. Beck averaged 21.9 points, 3.0 rebounds and 2.6 assists per game as a junior and set two school records by shooting 44.6 percent from 3-point range and 90.0 percent from the free throw line.
The Fort Wayne Journal Gazette First Team All-Area selection set many more school records at Homestead through her first three full seasons as a Spartan as she dropped 38 points in a single-game vs. Marion on her way to recording 547 points during the 2012-13 season. Solid 3-point shooting helped Beck reach the single-season point total as she made 119 shots from behind the arc, becoming just the fifth girl in IHSAA history to make over 100 3-point field goals in a single-season.
Beck set another school record after hitting nine 3-point field goals in a single-game vs. DeKalb in January of 2013. Her offensive production during her junior year allowed her to be selected as an Indiana Junior All-Star Core 6 honoree.
"Sydney is one of the best shooters I've seen in a long time," Couture said. "She can get her shot off extremely quick and is great at getting her feet set. She is a true gym rat that is going to be a great addition to our family."
5-10 / Forward
Nicole Orr played basketball at Whitehall Yearling High School as a sophomore before moving to Reynoldsburg High School for her junior season. Orr averaged 10 points per game as a junior, helping her team post a 24-3 overall record. She averaged 15 points per game as a sophomore while playing at Whitehall Yearling.
Post-season recognitions for Orr at while playing at Reynoldsburg included being a special mention All-Central District selection and an honorable mention Ohio Division player. End of the year recognitions for Orr at Whitehall included being an All-State honorable mention selection, and a Second Team All-Central District nominee. Orr was the top player in the Ohio Conference as she was tabbed Conference Player of the Year along with being recognized as a First Team All-Conference Player.
Orr excels both on and off the court as she posted a 4.25 grade point average at Whitehall Yearling followed by a 4.20 GPA at Reynoldsburg.
"Nicole is a special kind of athlete," Couture said. "She can score in a variety of ways and is capable of shutting down the best player on the other team. She is hungry to get better and that is the type of competitor we need in the BIG EAST."