Player also welcomes conference change



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Former Whiteland Community High School standout Haley Howard is beginning her second season on the Butler women's basketball team. She started 13 games last season and was the Bulldogs' third-leading scorer. SUBMITTED PHOTO


Former Whiteland Community High School standout Haley Howard is beginning her second season on the Butler women's basketball team. She started 13 games last season and was the Bulldogs' third-leading scorer. SUBMITTED PHOTO


What might have been a game at Wright State now is a trip to Philadelphia. No more Detroit, just a lot more Dayton.

Butler University’s move to the Atlantic 10 Conference has and will continue to assure a surplus of new venues for its athletics programs to experience, a fact not lost on sophomore women’s basketball player Haley Howard.

Having never set foot on California soil, the Whiteland Community High School product is excited about the Bulldogs’ holiday tournament next month in San Francisco. On Feb. 20, the St. Louis Arch serves as an imposingly silent backdrop for Howard, herself something of an authority after rainbow-ing in 23 3-pointers during the 2011-12 season.

With these and other unfamiliar gymnasiums comes a new position for Howard. After averaging 7.7 points and 2.9 rebounds a game as a Butler freshman from the “4” (power forward) spot, the 6-footer who found herself a starter in 13 of the team’s 30 games has been moved to the “3” (small forward).

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