UT Martin alum Heather Butler will make not only her, but the OVC’s debut in the WNBA tonight. Yesterday, Butler made history becoming the first ever Ohio Valley Conference player to make a WNBA 12-woman roster, earning a spot with the San Antonio Stars. According to Butler, she found out during a film section.
“When we walked into watch film this afternoon, coach scanned the room and told us that we were the 12 players that he was going to start the season with. As soon as his words sunk in, I was in complete shock.”
During preseason play, Butler averaged five points in 11 minutes per game. She scored a preseason-high seven points and two rebounds in a 76-75 loss to the Tulsa Shock. Butler joins the Stars first round pick and Notre Dame standout Kayla McBride as the only rookies to make the veteran led squad, beating out two draft picks and several undrafted free agents.
San Antonio will travel to Atlanta. The game will be aired on NBA TV, and starts at 6:30 p.m.
A few OVC players won’t be spending the offseason relaxing. Murray State’s Cameron Payne and Jarvis Williams, as well as Jacksonville State’s Darion Rackley will play overseas during the summer. Payne and Rackely are on currently on a tour with Reach USA, May 10-25 and Williams will be part of the team with USA Eagles, May 15-27. All three are traveling to the Far East.
It’s always great for these players to get an opportunity to play organized basketball during the offseason, which the NCAA is so often against.
It’s make or break weekend for many OVC baseball teams. Murray State’s win over Eastern Kentucky yesterday has eliminated the Colonels from postseason contention, and keeps the Racers one game back of a two-way tie for fifth. Austin Peay picked up an extra-innings win over SIUE, creating that fifth-place tie between the two teams. Losses by both Jacksonville State and Tennessee Tech keep both tied for the all-important bye in second place.
Eastern Illinois and UT Martin were postponed in the third inning. They’ll pick up play today, weather permitting, and then play game two. EIU is two games back in the win column of sixth.
Only the top six teams make the OVC baseball tournament.