Behind standout performances from Shacobia Barbee, Caliya Robinson and Tiaria Griffin, the Georgia Lady Bulldog basketball team (16-6, 4-5) emerged from Vanderbilt's (15-6, 4-4) Memorial Gymnasium victorious for the first time in a decade with a 64-58 win on Sunday afternoon.
2014-15 Season ◊ Named to the District 4 Capitol One CoSIDA Academic All-America team, therefore becoming one of 47 finalists for the national Academic All-America squad. ◊ Featured to the SEC Academic Honor Roll for the third consecutive year. ◊ Ranked among SEC leaders in assists (No. 8 at 3.1 apg) and assist-to-turnover ratio (No. 4 at 1.3). ◊ Saw considerably more playing time as a junior, logging 26.0 minutes per game with 28 starts in 31 outings after posting 12.5 mpg with five starts in 52 games played in her first two years at Georgia. ◊ Played all 40 minutes of six of 14 SEC regular-season contests. ◊ More than doubled her statistical contributions from her career stats entering 2014-15 in every significant category -- 2.2 to 4.6 ppg, 1.0 to 2.3 rpg, 1.4 to 3.1 apg and 0.6 to 1.4 spg. ◊ Scored in double digits five times, after doing so twice in her freshman and sophomore seasons combined. ◊ Led or tied for team-high honors for assists in 15 games, as well as in steals in eight outings. ◊ Instead of a "student-athlete" Butler is unofficially categorized as a "professor-player." During Winter Semester, led lab lectures in "Exercise is Medicine," a 2500 level kinesiology class. The course featured 30-40 students and examined epidemiology, with the focal point being on diseases and how exercise affects them. Butler was one of three students who rotated leading a Friday lab discussion including approximately half of the class' students. ◊ Clutch in late-game situations at the line against Ohio State, Georgia Tech, No. 16 Michigan State, Furman and No. 10 Texas A&M, knocking down 14-of-15 free throws in the final 29 seconds of those contests. Two trips at Tech and one versus both Michigan State and Furman were one-and-one situations. ◊ Notched her career high with 11 points against No. 16 Michigan State, Vanderbilt and No. 10 Texas A&M before upping that tally to 13 at No. 10 Kentucky.
2013-14 Season ◊ Named to the SEC Academic Honor Roll for the second straight season. ◊ Named to the SEC's Community Service team for women's basketball and also nominated for CoSIDA Academic All-America honors. ◊ A sophomore eligibility wise but a senior academically, largely due to arriving at UGA with 50-plus AP credit hours. ◊ Suffered a dislocated shoulder in practice two days before the season opener. ◊ Played in the Lady Bulldogs' final 25 games of the season, averaging 2.1 ppg, 1.5 apg and 1.3 rpg game. ◊ Paced Georgia in assists in three games and in steals twice. ◊ Saw her first action against Georgia State in the championship game of the GSU Thanksgiving Invitational. ◊ Logged her first career start at Rutgers and her first SEC career start at Missouri. ◊ On the floor for the final 10:14 of the game against Tennessee, a span which included a 21-0 run that helped turn a 67-43 game when she checked in into a 76-70 contest with 1:12 remaining. ◊ Enjoyed her best collegiate outing against Arkansas. Scored a season-high 10 points in a career-high 38 minutes. Knocked down a key 3-pointer after the Razorbacks had whittled a 14-point deficit to two points with 4:40 left in the game. ◊ Played in front of approximately 60-70 family and friends for Georgia's game at Florida. Both her parents grew up in Gainesville, which she considers "my second home."
2012-13 Season ◊ Named to the SEC Academic Honor Roll. ◊ Played in 27 of 35 games, including double-digit minutes in 16 contests. ◊ Paced the Lady Bulldogs in assists four times, doing so versus Presbyterian, Belmont, Savannah State and Furman. ◊ Arrived in Athens with more than 50 credit hours due to AP courses at Webb School. When classes began in the 2013 calendar, she became a second-semester sophomore academically. ◊ Led Georgia in assists in back-to-back outings against Belmont and Savannah State, dishing out 11 baskets-to-be without committing a single turnover. ◊ Best linescore of non-conference came against Mercer: nine points on 4-of-5 FGs; five assists to 0 TOs and two steals in 20 minutes. ◊ Reached double digits for the first time in the SEC opener against Missouri, scoring 11 points on 4-of-6 FG shooting and a perfect 2-of-2 at the line. ◊ Missed the Arkansas game after "tweaking" her knee slightly in practice two days before that contest. ◊ Played in front of a vocal contingent of about 40 family and friends at the Florida game in Gainesville, the hometown of both her parents. ◊ A solid contributor in the Lady Bulldogs' NCAA second-round win over No. 23 Iowa State, hitting her only shot from the floor (from behind the 3-point arc) and also collecting a steal.
High School ◊ Coached by Shelley Collier at Webb School of Knoxville. ◊ Rated as the No. 63 recruit and No. 11 point guard by ESPN's HoopGurlz. ◊ Named Miss Tennessee Basketball for Division II-Class A by the Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association (TSSAA) as a junior in 2011. ◊ Recognized as the Tennessee state winner of the 2011 Wendy's High School Heisman Award, a program that recognizes the nation's most esteemed high school senior men and women for excellence in academics, athletics, and community/school involvement. ◊ Selected as the Knoxville News Sentinel's PrepXtra Athlete of the Year in both basketball (2011) and track and field (2009) during her stellar prep career. ◊ Began playing varsity basketball as an eighth grader and helped Webb compile a 98-29 record over the next four seasons before missing the majority of her senior season due to a knee injury. ◊ Helped Webb to a state championship as a freshman in 2009, as well as runner-up finishes in 2008 and 2011 and the state semifinals in 2010. ◊ Had her senior season cut short after suffering a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in her left knee on Nov. 25 during a Thanksgiving Tournament in Memphis. ◊ Did return for Webb's Senior Night. Started with four classmates and "played" four seconds before Webb called timeout and presented her with the game ball. ◊ As a junior, averaged 21.1 points, 5.6 rebounds, 3.4 steals and 3.0 assists per game in leading Webb to a 27-6 record. ◊ Averaged 28.0 points in two state sectional games and two state tourney contests in 2011. ◊ As a sophomore, averaged 14.0 points and 3.2 rebounds to help Webb to a 17-15 finish. ◊ Missed the first 10 games of her sophomore season after tearing a tendon in her right hand...Webb started the season 1-9 but was 16-6 after Butler returned to action. ◊ As a freshman, named to the all-tourney squad at the state tournament after averaging 8.0 points, 3.5 rebounds en route to helping the Lady Spartans to the Division II-Class 2A championship. ◊ Captured 10 state titles in track and field as well - nine individual (three each in the pentathlon, 300-meter hurdles and 100-meter hurdles) and one team (400-meter relay).
Personal ◊ Born November 25, 1993, Marjorie is the daughter of Danny and Anne Butler. ◊ Major: Exercise Science. ◊ Recipient of the Val Porter Family Women's Basketball Scholarship for 2012-13.