21 Jennifer Butler
A fine athlete ... an instinctively solid player who has great potential to develop ? a shot blocker who also runs the floor well.
Named to the Atlantic 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 versus New Hampshire (Nov. 30) ... led the team in rebounding (10.5), and steals (53) ... finished 18th nationally in rebounding ... ranked second among teammates in shooting (.483, 99-205) and blocks (25) ... her 8.9 points per game ranked her third ... was second among all conference players in rebounding, sixth in blocks (.89) and ninth in steals (1.89) ... averaged nine points and 12 rebounds against No. 22 Stanford (Dec. 12) and Rhode Island (Dec. 14) en route to Atlantic 10 Conference 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 with her first collegiate double-double (15 points, 10 rebounds versus New Mexico) to earn Gene Hackerman Rice Invitational All-Tournament Team honors (Dec. 4) ... had 10 double-doubles ... scored in all 28 games including double-digits in 13 games ... totaled a career-best 15 points versus New Mexico State (Dec. 4) and against 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 career-high seven field goals (7-10) at Fordham (Jan. 20) ... made a career-high six free throws, out of nine attempts, versus St. Bonaventure (Jan. 9) ... recorded five or more rebounds in all 28 games, leading the team in rebounding in 21 of them ... pulled down 10-plus rebounds in 16 games, including a career-high 25 versus William & Mary (Dec. 29) ... had a career-best 17 offensive boards in that game, 12 defensive rebounds versus Furman (Dec. 28) ... recorded three three-block games against Rhode Island (Dec. 14), versus 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 .47 (53-113) percent in the 16 games.
Prior to UMass
A graduate of Murry Bergtraum 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.
Born Jennifer Ruth Butler on April 21, 1981 in Brooklyn, N.Y. ? daughter of Lydia Bryan ? an undeclared major.