March 6, 2006
Behind a dominant 23-point, 11-rebound performance in Sunday's Horizon League semifinals, Butler freshman Lade Akande earned a spot on the league's five-member "All-Tournament Team." The Horizon League announced the team following Monday's championship game. It was yet another honor for Akande, who finished the regular season by earning spots on the league's second-team and All-Newcomer Team.
Akande went 11-of-23 from the field Sunday against UW-Milwaukee. The 6-1 post player added four blocks, but her most impressive statistics were the three shot attempts and six points she held UWM's Traci Edwards to in the match-up between the two schools. Edwards, a first-team all-league selection who averaged a double-double during the regular season, led the Panthers to a win in Monday's championship game against UIC.
Akande led Butler to the Horizon League semifinals with 24 points on 9-of-16 shooting in the team's quarterfinal win over Detroit. She scored in double figures in 27 of the team's 29 games this season, topping the 20-point plateau in 13 contests. She registered eight double-doubles.
The 470 points Akande posted in her freshman campaign are the fifth-best total in Butler single-season history. She also ranks in the Top Ten on Butler's single-season charts in both field goals made (191, fifth) and blocks (41, tenth). She becomes the first Butler player to be named to the league's "All-Tournament Team" since Nancy Bowden earned the honor at the 2004 championship.
Butler finished the campaign with a 15-14 record, the program's first winning season since 1998-99. The Bulldogs also hosted their first tournament game since the Horizon League implemented a new tournament bracket where higher seeds host early-round games in 2004. Butler will return all eight players who appeared in Sunday's semifinal game next season.
2006 Horizon League Women's Basketball All-Tournament Team
Lade Akande, Butler
Traci Edwards, UWM (MVP)
Molly O'Brien, UWM
LaShonda Grant, UIC
Chrissy Dizon, UIC