June 13, 2012
HOUSTON - Following a storied career, University of Houston women's basketball senior guard Roxana Button was named one of 12 recipients of the fourth annual Jim Castañeda Postgraduate Scholarship, Conference USA Commissioner Britton Banowsky announced Wednesday.
The conference annually presents the $4,000 Postgraduate Scholarship awards to graduates as selected by the C-USA Faculty Athletics Representatives and approved by the Board of Directors. The award's namesake, Dr. Castañeda, served Rice University for 46 years as an educator, coach and Faculty Athletics Representative before he passed away in November 2008.
Button becomes only the second Cougar in program history to earn a C-USA Postgraduate Scholarship and the first since 1998. In February, Button was named to the Capital One Academic All-America Women's Basketball Division I First Team, becoming the first player in program history and only the fifth all-time in C-USA to garner Academic All-America honors.
Button graduated in December 2011 with a 3.87 GPA in psychology with a minor in chemistry and will attend the Texas Tech Paul L. Foster School of Medicine.
One of the most well-rounded student-athletes in program history, Button also enjoyed a record-breaking season on the court during the 2011-12 campaign, becoming only the third Cougar to claim the C-USA scoring title with 17.8 points per game en route to earning all-conference first-team honors.
Button played in all 122 career games, ranking as the second-longest streak in school history, and also ranks third all-time at Houston in 3-point percentage (34.4), fourth in free-throw percentage (75.0), sixth in made 3-pointers (125), made free throws (306) and free-throw attempts (408) and eighth in minutes played (3,060).
The Coppell, Texas, native joined the school's 1,000-point club against SMU on Feb. 2 after sinking a patented 3-pointer and finished her career with 1,169 points, which ranks 15th all-time.