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21   Jennifer Butler
Jennifer Butler

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Brooklyn, N.Y.

High School:
Murray Bergtraum H.S.

Height:
6-3

Position:
Center

Birthdate:
04/21/1981


-- 2002-03 Co-Captain --

2001-2002 Season:

Became just the 13th UMass player to eclipse the 1,000-point plateau with a seven-point performance at Temple (3/3) ... set school record for career rebounds with 916... second team Atlantic 10 All-Conference selection ... A-10 All-Defensive team pick ... started all 30 games at center ... averaged 32.2 minutes per game ... led team in scoring and ranked ninth in the Atlantic 10 with 13.2 points per game, including a season-high 23 points in games against Saint Joseph's (Jan. 8) and Fordham (Jan. 26) ... scored in double-figures 25 times ... scored 19 points vs. Rice (Nov. 23) ... scored 18 points vs. Saint Peter's (Nov. 20) ... made a career-high 11 field goals vs. Fordham (Jan. 26) ... shot .434 from the field (152-350) to rank seventh in the A-10 ... shot .517 from the free throw line (92-178) to rank 14th in the conference ... shot .875 from the field (7-8) at Rhode Island (Jan. 21) ... led A-10 in total rebounds with 11.8 per game, which ranked fifth nationally ... had a season-high 21-board performance at Duquesne (Jan. 17) which was a Palumbo Center record ... recorded 22 double-figure rebound games ... pulled down 18 rebounds in games vs. St. Bonaventure (Feb. 10) and at Temple (Feb. 15) ... also led conference in offensive (4.47) and defensive (7.30) rebounds per game ... pulled down 10 offensive boards at Duquesne (Jan. 17) and 12 defensive rebounds vs. St. Bonaventure (Feb. 10) ... had 20 double-doubles on the season and has 41 in her career ... led team with 60 steals, ranking fifth in the A-10 ... recorded five thefts in games vs. Rice (Nov. 23) and St. Bonaventure (Feb. 10) ... her 45 blocks ranked second in the A-10 ... had four blocks in games vs. New Hampshire (Dec. 13) and Fordham (Jan. 26) ... sank nine free throws against Rider (Dec. 30).

2000-2001 Season:

Played in all but one of UMass' 29 games, missing the Fordham game (Feb. 8) due to a bruised left fibula ... started 27 of those 28 appearances, averaging a career-high 31.1 minutes per contest ... led the team in rebounds for the second straight year, finished second in the A-10, and 30th in the nation with 9.6 rebounds per game ... also finished atop the team with 34 blocks and 58 steals ... finished second in scoring with a 12.7 points per game average, but led the team with 13.4 points per conference game ... recorded the only triple-double in UMass history with 19 points, 11 rebounds and a school-record 10 steals vs. Charlotte in the season opener (Nov. 17) ... earned A-10 Player of the Week honors for that performance ... totaled 11 double-doubles ... led the team in rebounding in 20 of her 28 games ... had 13 double-figure rebounding games, including a season-high 22 against Fordham (Jan. 28) ... led UMass in scoring eight times, with 20-point games against Saint Joseph's (Jan. 4), Rhode Island (Jan. 9) and Xavier (March 3) ... her 28 points, off 10-for-15 (.667) shooting from the field and 8-for-8 shooting from the line, against the Rams was a career-high ... had a career-high six blocks against Alabama (Dec. 29) ... a third team preseason All-Conference selection.

1999-2000 Season:

Named to the A-10 All-Rookie team ... saw action in 28 of UMass' 29 games, missing the Feb. 6 game at Temple ... started 26 of those 28 games ... played an average of 26.6 minutes per game, including a season-high 35 vs. New Hampshire (Nov. 30) ... led the team in rebounding with 10.5 boards per game and 53 steals ... finished 18th nationally in rebounding ... ranked second among teammates shooting at a .483 (99-205) clip from the field and also with 25 blocks ... her 8.9 points per game ranked third on the squad ... was second among conference players in rebounding, sixth with 0.89 blocks per game and ninth with 1.89 steals per game ... averaged nine points and 12 rebounds against No. 22 Stanford (Dec. 12) and Rhode Island (Dec. 14) en route to A-10 Rookie of the Week honors ... posted two double-doubles, combining for 26 points and 43 rebounds to earn Blue Sky Group Dartmouth Invitational MVP and A-10 Rookie of the Week honors (Dec. 29) ... averaged 12 points and 9.5 rebounds in the Gene Hackerman Rice Invitational, including her first collegiate double-double (15 points, 10 rebounds vs. New Mexico) to earn All-Tournament team honors (Dec. 4) ... had 10 double-doubles ... scored in all 28 games including double-digits in 13 of those contests ... totaled a then-career-best 15 points vs. New Mexico State (Dec. 4) and Dayton (Jan. 16) ... led the team in scoring with 15 points against New Mexico State, 11 at Virginia Tech (Feb. 13) and 14 at Rhode Island (Feb. 27) ... hit a then-career-high seven field goals (7-10) at Fordham (Jan. 20) ... made a then-career-high six free throws, out of nine attempts, vs. St. Bonaventure (Jan. 9) ... recorded five or more rebounds in all 28 games, leading the team on 21 occasions ... pulled down at least 10 boards in 16 games, including a career-high 25 vs. William & Mary (Dec. 29) ... had a career-best 17 offensive boards in that game and had 12 defensive rebounds vs. Furman (Dec. 28) ... recorded three, three-block games against Rhode Island (Dec. 14), vs. Furman and against Xavier (Jan. 14) ... had six steals at La Salle (Jan. 6) and five at Fordham and Virginia Tech ... fouled out once, at Duquesne (Feb. 11) ... also averaged 8.9 points, along with a team-leading 9.9 rebounds, per game in A-10 conference play ... shot a team-best .470 (53-113) percent in the 16 league games.

Prior to UMass:

A graduate of Murry Bergtraum (N.Y.) High School (1999) ... a two-time letterwinner in basketball ... played for Ed Grezinsky ... captained the Blazers to a perfect 24-0 record and the PSAL championship as a senior (1998-99) ... averaged 16 points and 16 rebounds per game as a senior (1998-99) ... was a New York Times, New York Post and New York Daily News first team All-Borough and All-City selection as a senior.

Personal:

Born Jennifer Ruth Butler on April 21, 1981, in Brooklyn, N.Y. ... daughter of Lydia Bryan ... a BDIC major.

Jennifer Butler at UMass

YEAR
GP-GS
FG-FGA
Pct.
3FG-FGA
Pct.
FT-FTA
Pct.
Rebounds
Avg.
Ast
Blk
St
Pts
Avg.
1999-00
28-26
99-205
.400.483
0-0
.000
51-116
.440
117-177-294
10.5
22
25
53
249
8.9
2000-01
28-27
125-318
.393
0-1
.000
106-183
.579
120-149-269
9.6
22
34
58
356
12.7
2001-02
30-30
152-350
.434
0-1
.000
92-178
.517
134-219-353
11.8
26
45
60
396
13.2
Career
86-83
376-873
.431
0-2
.000
249-472
.528
371-545-916
10.7
70
104
171
1001
11.6

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