Jan. 2, 2006
As if adding three Indiana junior All-Stars to the roster next season wasn't enough, Butler coach Beth Couture announced the addition of 2005 All-Star Tara Miller to the team Monday (Jan. 2). Miller transfers to the Butler program from Indiana University and will have two and a half seasons of eligibility at Butler beginning after the first semester of the 2006-07 season. She will begin practice with the team during the first day of classes during the spring semester.
Miller, a 5-10 guard from Ramsey, Ind., asked for and was granted her release from her Indiana scholarship last month. She saw action in one game this season, scoring two points and recording one assist in three minutes of action against Youngstown State on Nov. 25.
"We're ecstatic to be able to add another Indiana All-Star to our team (joining current Bulldogs Jackie Closser and Cassie Freeman)," said Couture, in her fourth season at Butler. "Tara is someone we recruited extensively while she was in high school. She's a versatile player that brings toughness on the defensive end and a very good all-around offensive game. She'll help us immediately with her presence during practices and will be a big part of our team next season."
Miller joins November signees Susan Lester (Anderson, Ind./Pendleton Heights), Julie Seiss (Warsaw, Ind./Warsaw) and Melanie Thornton (Carmel, Ind./Carmel) in Butler's newcomer class for the 2006-07 season. Lester, Seiss and Thornton are currently finishing up their respective prep careers at their high schools after earning junior All-Star honors last season. The four players will help to offset the loss of Butler's four seniors.
A product of North Harrison High School, Miller was forced to sit out her senior year due to a knee injury, but still managed to rehabilitate from her injury to make the 2005 Indiana All-Star squad. She was chosen as a junior Indiana All-Star and a third-team Associated Press selection in 2004 after earning first-team honorable mention 4A All-State honors in 2003.
During her junior year at North Harrison, Miller ranked among the state's leading scorers among juniors, averaging 19.6 points, 6.6 assists, 6.0 rebounds and 4.2 steals per game.
She netted a career-high 42 points, which also set a school record, in a game against Perry Central as a junior. Miller currently holds school records for single-game assists (15) and single-game three-pointers (eight). A two-time All-Sectional Team and All-Mid Southern Conference honoree during her freshman and sophomore campaigns, Miller played AAU ball for Mohr Magic, which won the 2004 Indiana State Championship and went to the Sweet 16 at the U-17 AAU Nationals.
Butler (6-5 overall and 2-0 in Horizon League play) takes a four-game winning streak into Wednesday's game at IUPUI. The team returns to conference play Saturday (Jan. 7) when UIC visits Hinkle Fieldhouse for a 2 p.m. contest.