For the past two years, Weaver shared a backcourt with Whitney Jennings. Jennings, a Logansport native, earned IndyStar Miss Basketball honors back in 2014. Although her prolific career with the Berries made headlines around the state, she decided to start her college career far away from the comfort of home.
Jennings committed to the University of Iowa, but after two years, she felt an urge to head back to her old stomping grounds. Hinkle was calling, and she felt the need to answer.
Carol Jennings, Whitney’s mother, attended Butler. Her father, Doug, played basketball at Indiana Central, which is now the University of Indianapolis. Her father would tell Whitney stories of how he used to play in Hinkle against Butler back in his day.
Those first two seasons at Iowa were successful, but she didn’t waste any time molding her first major Hinkle memory. In her first game, she poured in 30 points against Austin Peay University at home. With that performance, Whitney effectively stated, “I’m back.”
She went on to score 1,049 points as a Bulldog. She scored her 1,000th point in Hinkle, thanks to something Indiana kids always practice in the backyard- a free throw. The shot essentially buried any hopes Northeastern University had of winning the game, and the Bulldogs went on to win their first game in the NIT.
“We were in the fourth quarter, and there was a timeout called,” she said. “I had 28, and I needed one more point. The coaching staff told everyone, ‘Whitney needs one more point to get to 1,000.’ Everyone was aware of it, and it was pretty cool to do it in front of friends and family."
The moment became even more special because Whitney didn’t think she would play another game in Hinkle after her Senior Day against Villanova. Butler hosted their first two NIT games, which offered two more chances for the seniors to play on their home court.
That Villanova game dripped with drama. The Bulldogs won 62-60 in overtime, but not before Whitney heaved up a 30-foot hoist to beat the shot clock. The shot banked off the backboard and right through the net. Godlevske called her “the fire” following her performance.
After the Senior Day ceremonies ended, over 40 members of her friends and family gathered for a photo. The moment marked the clan’s camaraderie.
“To be able to look in the crowd and see so many familiar faces all the time made Hinkle that much more special to me,” Whitney said. “They’ve been so supportive during my whole basketball career.”