The Ohio Valley Conference begins a new tradition in 2015 with the recognizing of men’s and women’s basketball legends from each of its member institutions during the OVC Basketball Tournament. Former Skyhawk guard Heather Butler has been chosen to represent UT Martin in the inaugural tradition.
With roots dating back to 1948, the OVC and its member institutions have produced many outstanding student-athletes who have earned numerous accolades and led their respective schools to success on the hardwood.
Each OVC member institution identified both a male and female legend to be honored through signage and announcements at this year’s and next year’s championship. This year the league selected six male student-athletes and six female student-athletes and next year the next group of 12 legends will be honored.
Butler finished her career as the top scorer in OVC history with 2,865 points which ranked 16th on the NCAA’s all-time leaderboard. Named the 2014 OVC Player of the Year, Butler ranked ninth in the country in scoring with 23.6 points per game along with setting her third NCAA three-point record with 392 career three-pointers made. Butler scored in double figures in 129 consecutive games – every game of her career – ranking as the second longest streak in NCAA history. Her 129 game double figures streak ranks fifth on the all-time NCAA list. She later signed a free agent contract with the San Antonio Stars, becoming the first OVC player to play in the WNBA.