April 21, 2006
The accolades continue to roll in for Butler junior guard Jackie Closser. The Alexandria, Ind., native headlined the five-member Academic All-Horizon League women's basketball team. Closser was a First-Team All-League choice as well as a Second-Team Academic All-District pick by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) after averaging 15.1 points per game this season and leading the League in three-pointers made (3.0 per game), free-throw percentage (.867) and assists (5.21 per game). In the classroom, Closser boasts a 3.48 grade-point-average as an elementary education major.
Closser was the only player in the conference to receive both All-League and Academic All-League honors. A total of 79 student-athletes from six sports were honored in balloting by the League's faculty athletics representatives and sports information directors. The Horizon League office announced the honorees Tuesday (April 18).
"This is a great accomplishment for Jackie," said Butler head coach Beth Couture. "The dedication it takes to compete at her level on the court is time-consuming by itself, but to also succeed at this level academically with the high standards here at Butler is a true testament to Jackie's work ethic both on and off the court."
Closser's 84 three-point field goals made broke her own single-season school record of 67 set during the 2004-05 season and stand as the fourth-best single-season mark in Horizon League history. She finished the season ranked sixth in the NCAA in three-point field goals made, averaging 3.0 per game. Closser's 5.2 assists per game average was the 10th-best in Butler history and she has moved into seventh place on Butler's career assists list with 323. Earlier in the season, Closser broke the school's career three-pointers made record. She has hit 186 career treys with a season remaining in her Butler career. Closser's teammates voted her as the Team MVP following the season.
UW-Green Bay junior Amanda Popp, Youngstown State senior Ashlee Russo, Wright State sophomore Whitney Lewis and Detroit senior Caitie Goddard rounded out the five-member team.
The Horizon League recognizes student-athletes with Academic All-League teams in each of its 19 championship sports. To be eligible for Academic All-Horizon League consideration, a student-athlete must have a cumulative grade-point-average of 3.25 or higher (based on a 4.00 scale) and have completed at least one year at the member institution, having earned 24 semester-hour or 36 quarter-hour credits.