Kim Butler Joins Judy Spoelstra's Program

May 12, 2003

Corvallis, Ore. - Kim Butler has elected to transfer to Oregon State University from Santa Clara University, women's basketball assistant coach Todd Corman announced Monday. Butler will have two years of eligibility remaining, but must redshirt for the 2003-2004 season in accordance to NCAA transfer regulations. She signed an athletic scholarship agreement form that was received by OSU Monday morning.

The 6-foot-1 power forward from Tacoma, Wash., helped the Broncos to a record of 20-11 last season and to their sixth consecutive postseason appearance. Butler averaged 7.8 points, 3.9 rebounds, and shot .528 from the field for the year. She scored a career-high 16 points twice last season and grabbed a career-high 10 rebounds at Fresno State.

'Kim brings size and experience to the Beaver frontcourt,' Corman said. 'She is a relentless force on the glass, and posted her first career double-double against Fresno State in the WNIT in March.'

For Butler's two-year career at Santa Clara, she played in 45 games with 11 starts. She shot .525 (116-221) from the field, .708 (46-65) from the free throw line, and averaged 6.2 points.

'Kim is the consummate team player who makes everyone around her better,' Corman added. 'She is dedicated to reaching the highest goals attainable.'

Butler attended Bellarmine Prep in Tacoma, where she was an All-Narrows League selection. She averaged 17 points and nine rebounds as a senior. Butler was also a standout soccer player as a prep, earning all-state and the league's offensive player of the year honors twice. She also excelled in track and holds the school's shot put record.

Kim's older sister, Julie, concluded her four-year playing career at Santa Clara last season.

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