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Women's college basketball

Shooting star: Former Mariner Butler earns national player-of-week honors

Butler averages 16 points in two contests for University of Maine
By Zack Miller | Nov 20, 2019
Courtesy of: University of Maine at Augusta Hope Butler.

Augusta — After a successful career on the court for Oceanside High School, Hope Butler took her talents to the college ranks, as she suits up for the Moose of the University of Maine.

The freshman has played in all of the basketball team's contests thus far, and had the best two games of her career on Sunday, Nov. 17 against New Hampshire Technical Institute of Concord, N.H. and on Thursday, Nov. 14 against Unity College, which earned her national United States College Athletic Association Women's Basketball Division II player-of-the-week honors.

The 5-foot 6-inch Butler recorded a double-double against NHTI with 17 points and 11 rebounds, and preceded that effort with 16 points against Unity.

In those contest, Butler averaged 16.5 points and shot 46.4 percent from the field for the Moose. At this point, UMA sits at 4-2 overall and in the Yankee Small College Conference.

For the season, Butler is second on the team in average points with 14.2 and field-goal percentage at 44.8. Butler is tied for the team lead in 3-point percentage (50 percent) and averages 4.4 rebounds.

The former Mariner has eclipsed 13 or more points in five of the six contests, with a season-high 18 points on Saturday, Nov. 2 against Vermont Tech.

In high school, Butler also was a standout soccer and lacrosse player for the Mariners.

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