October 11, 2007

Akande, Lester Named To Preseason All-Horizon League Teams

Indianapolis, Ind. - A pair of Butler post players have been named to the Preseason All-Horizon League Teams, as junior center Lade Akande was tabbed to the first team and sophomore forward Susan Lester earned mention on the second team.

Butler was the only school to have more than one player named to either squad.

Akande finished second in the voting with 236 points, falling just 31 points shy of Preseason Player of the Year Traci Edwards from Milwaukee. Lester, meanwhile, earned 97 points in the poll to finish just two points out of the top spot on the second team.

"It's a wonderful honor for Lade and Susan," head coach Beth Couture said. "It is definitely well deserved.

"It's great for us to have two of our returning players mentioned. "They have both worked extremely hard, and we are all really proud of them."

Akande returns for her junior campaign in 2007-08 needing just 122 points to become the 19th player in school history with 1,000 in her career. She is also on pace to become the first Bulldog player to reach the mark before her senior season since Jennifer Marlow in 1998-99.

A native of Robinson, Ill., Akande is the Bulldogs' top returning scorer from a year ago. She finished seventh in the league with 14.1 points per game, eighth with 5.1 rebounds per game and fourth with 1.10 blocks per game to earn All-Horizon League Second Team honors for the second straight season. Her 16.2 points per game in conference matches paced the team.

Lester earned a spot on the 2006-07 All-Horizon League Newcomer Team after leading the team and finishing third in the league with 6.1 rebounds per game. Additionally, her 9.6 points per game were the third most on the team.

The Anderson, Ind. native played a huge roll in the team's success down the stretch, tallying eight of her team-high nine double-doubles in the final 11 regular season and three Horizon League Tournament contests.

The Preseason All-Horizon League First and Second Teams were selected by a vote of the league's head coaches, sports information directors and media members. Head coaches were not permitted to vote for their own players.

The Bulldogs were tabbed to finish third in the Horizon League's Preseason Poll, which was released on Wednesday (Oct. 10).

Following an exhibition contest against the Hoosier Basketball Magazine All-Stars on Nov. 7, the Bulldogs open up the regular season against Ohio on Nov. 10.