November 8, 2006

Bulldogs Ink Four During Early Signing Period

Nov. 8, 2006

Indianapolis, Ind. - Butler women's basketball head coach Beth Couture announced the signing of four high school seniors during the early signing period on Wednesday (Nov. 8). Azjah Bass, Terra Burns, Chloe Hamilton and Jenny Ostrom have all signed national letters of intent to attend Butler and play basketball beginning in the fall of 2007.

"We're extremely excited about this signing class," Couture said. "We feel that we have not only added significant depth at every position but have also addressed some key positions that we will lose next season from graduation."

Bass, a 5-7 point guard at Lawrence North High School in Indianapolis, enters her senior season just 18 points shy of eclipsing 1,000 in her career. A Hoosier Basketball Magazine all-state selection as a junior, she was named all-conference and all-county after averaging 19 points, five rebounds and four assists per game. She also named to the 2006 Junior All-Star Team and was tabbed to the Indianapolis Star Super Team.

"We are looking for Azjah to come in and take the ball from Jackie [Closser]," Couture commented. "She is a premier point guard in our area. She has great floor vision and leadership qualities at the point. She will also bring a quickness on the defensive end."

Burns, a 5-8 guard from Central High School in Peoria, Ill., heads into her senior season this fall after leading the Mid-State 6 Conference with 17.5 points per game, including nine games with 20 or more, and adding 6.5 rebounds per contest. She tabbed to the first-team all-conference team, Journal Star all-area first team, Illinois Basketball Coaches Association all-state third team and Chicago Tribune special mention team.

"Terra is capable of playing at both the two and the three spot," Couture said. "She has the ability to create off the dribble. She anticipates well on defense and can create problems for our opponents on offense."

Hamilton, a 5-11 forward from Holt High School in Holt, Mich., begins her senior year ranked among the top 20 players in the state according to both the Detroit News and Detroit Free Press. The all-time leading scorer at Holt, she scored her 1000th career-point in helping the team to the district championship as a junior last year. She was also named the conference MVP after leading the league in scoring with 19 points per game and as named to the Lansing State Journal Dream Team and the Associated Press third team.

"Chloe is a three or four type of player," Couture said, "but she is extremely versatile, as she can shoot the three and make solid post moves on the block. She will cause quite a few mismatches for our opposing teams."

Ostrom, a 6-1 post player from St. Anthony Village High School near Minneapolis, starts her senior campaign needing just over 100 points to reach 1,000 in her career (899). She averaged nearly 20 points per game and 12 rebounds per game last season to earn all-state honorable mention honors as well as an all-conference selection. A two-time team captain and MVP, she participated in the Minnesota Elite camp following her junior season and was selected to the all-star team.

"Jenny is a solid post that can play at either the four or the five for us," Couture said. "She impresses you by doing all of the little things, like rebounding, setting screens and making the extra pass."

The Bulldogs begin the 2006-07 regular season this weekend when they battle Illinois on Sunday (Nov. 12) beginning at 2:00 p.m. CST in Champaign, Ill.