Dec. 5, 2005
After averaging 18.0 points and 7.0 assists in Butler's two games last week, junior Jackie Closser has been recognized as the Horizon League "Player of the Week," the league office announced Monday (Dec. 5). Closser led the Bulldogs to an impressive 1-1 record in last week's action. This is the first time a Butler player has received the weekly league honor this season.
Closser tied her career-high with 20 points, including eight in overtime, in Wednesday's win at Eastern Illinois before pouring in 16 points against Missouri Valley preseason favorite Indiana State Sunday. She had seven assists in each contest. Closser played 81 of a possible 85 minutes, hit eight three-pointers and nailed all six of her free throw attempts on the week. Arguably the most glaring statistic of the week, Closser committed just four turnovers in 81 minutes last week, despite being the primary ball-handler against two teams that pressed the Bulldogs at every opportunity.
Closser is in the Top 10 in seven statistical categories among Horizon League players. She leads the circuit in free throw percentage (.947) and is second in assists (5.6 per game), assist/turnover ratio and three-point field goals (2.8 per game). Her 14.0 point per game average is second on the team. The co-captain also earned preseason "All-Horizon League" second-team accolades.
The last Bulldog to earn the weekly honor was Nancy Bowden. The Horizon League recognized her Dec. 15, 2003.
The Bulldogs (2-3) finish off their six-game, season-opening road stretch Wednesday in Oxford, Ohio against the Miami RedHawks. The 7 p.m. tip can be heard live on www.butlersports.com. Butler opens Hinkle Fieldhouse Saturday (Dec. 10) against Ball State. Free audio and video of that 2 p.m. contest will be aired live on www.butlersports.com.