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– Senior guard Heather Butler on the University of Tennessee at Martin women’s basketball team has been named a finalist for the 2013-14 Senior CLASS Award. To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievement in four areas of excellence – community, classroom, character and competition.

An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School®, the Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities.

“We’re very excited for Heather, not only as a player but as a person to be highlighted as one of the top seniors in the country,” said UT Martin head coach Kevin McMillan. “To have a player that represents your program on the court, in the classroom and throughout the community is what any program looks for. To be recognized nationally for not only what she has done on the court, but within this community is a true testament to what kind of individual Butler is. She’s a great ambassador for our program, university and community.”

In the classroom, Butler has worked hard at maintaining a 3.86 GPA as a health and human performance major (K-12 licensure). A three-time Ohio Valley Conference Commissioner’s Honor Roll honoree, she is also a multi-year selection to the UT Martin Chancellor’s Honor Roll. Butler was also recently named as a prestigious OVC Scholar-Athlete for the 2012-13 academic year, the league’s highest individual honor along with being tabbed to the CoSIDA Capital One Academic All-District team.

A Medina, Tenn. native, Butler is also a member of the College of Education, Health and Behavioral Sciences Student Ambassadors organization, the UT Martin Athletics Board and the UT Martin SHAPE Club. She is also active with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, the Elementary School Reading Program and the Can Caravan Food Drive. She was chosen to be a DARE program graduation speaker in 2012 and 2013, speaking about making the right decisions to youth.

Butler is a three-time All-Ohio Valley Conference first team after becoming UT Martin’s first 2,000 point scorer. Recently, Butler became the OVC’s all-time leading scorer on Jan. 18, 2014, breaking Cheryl Taylor’s 27 year old record of 2,226 career points. An eight-time OVC Player of the Week, Butler is the active NCAA leader with 121 consecutive games in which she has scored in double digits. Her 121 games in which she has scored double figures ranks 12th on the NCAA’s all-time list.

She currently leads the OVC in scoring average with 23.0 points per game (552 points) and three-point field goals made with 69. She owns several UT Martin records with career points (2,663), single-season field goals made (266), career field goals made (891), single season three-pointers made (105) and career three-pointers made (357). Butler’s 22.4 points per game last season ranked sixth in the country in scoring.

Along with her volume scoring output, Butler has been a model of consistency, setting a pair of NCAA three-point records by making a three-pointer in 80 consecutive games and 34 games in a single season. Butler scored 37 points against Notre Dame in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, ranking as the highest individual output in the 2013 tournament and the most points ever against Notre Dame in its tournament history.

The finalists were chosen by national media from the list of 30 women’s candidates announced in October. Nationwide fan voting begins immediately to help select the winner. Fans are encouraged to vote daily on the Senior Class Award website through March 24. Fans votes will be combined with media and Division I head coaches’ votes to determine the winners. The Senior CLASS Award winners will be announced during the 2014 NCAA Women’s Final Four in Nashville.

Joining Butler are finalists Hallie Christofferson (Iowa State), Jerica Coley (FIU), Stefanie Dolson (Connecticut), Jordan Hooper (Nebraska), Natasha Howard (Florida State), Maggie Lucas (Penn State), Chiney Ogwumike (Stanford), Haley Peters (Duke) and Odyssey Sims (Baylor).

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