Jan. 14, 2014
WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University women's basketball team (7-9, 1-3 BIG EAST) will travel to Providence, R.I., for a BIG EAST Conference road matchup against the Providence College Friars on Wednesday at 7 p.m. The Blue & Gray is looking to keep momentum going from a comeback win this past weekend.
On Monday, freshman center Natalie Butler (Fairfax Station, Va./Lake Braddock) won the BIG EAST Rookie of the Week award and senior forward Andrea White (Lancaster, Va./Lancaster) was named to the weekly honor roll.
Butler averaged 14.5 points, 17.5 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 3.0 blocks in a 1-1 week for the Hoyas. The rookie center reached the 20-rebound mark for the second time this season with 20 caroms at Xavier on Wednesday night. Butler notched a double-double in both games last week, shooting 40 percent from the floor.
Her six BIG EAST Freshman of the Week certificates put her in a nine-way tie for fourth-most in conference history, a list which includes former Hoya Rebekkah Brunson (2000-01). The league record of 10 newcomer awards is held by Connecticut's Maya Moore (2007-08).
White averaged 20.5 points, 8.0 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.5 steals in a last week for the Hoyas. She notched a double-double of 25 points and 10 rebounds in Georgetown's first BIG EAST win of the season against Butler (85-79) on Saturday afternoon as the Hoyas registered their highest point total against a league foe since January 2009. GU came back from a 19-point deficit to pick up the win.
Leading the way for the Hoyas is White with 15.3 ppg and 8.8 rpg. Butler is second with 15.0 ppg as well as a BIG EAST-leading 13.3 rpg. Sophomore guard Katie McCormick (Leonardtown, Md./St. Mary's Ryken) and freshman forward Faith Woodard (Brandon, Fla./Freedom) round out those in double figures with 11.2 and 10.4 ppg, respectively.
The team is outrebounding opponents by 8.9 rpg and shooting 41.9 percent on the season from the field.
Providence dropped a 97-65 decision to Creighton on Saturday at Alumni Hall. PC is 5-10 and 0-4 in BIG EAST play. Junior forward Alexis Harris reached double figures for the 12th time this season with a team-best 17 points. She finished 7-of-11 from the field and hauled in six rebounds.
The Friars have four players averaging in double figures. Tori Rule is posting 16.1 ppg and has hit 26 3-pointers this year. Harris is second with 14.7 ppg and 8.1 rpg, while Sarah Beal rounds out the top three averaging 10.7 ppg.
The Hoyas are 24-27 all-time against the Friars and 11-14 in Providence. In the last meeting, Georgetown won, 79-64, at Alumni Hall as Sugar Rodgers posted the program's first triple double with 33 points, 12 rebounds and 12 assists along with six steals and going 13-of-24 from the field.
The game is scheduled to tip at 7 p.m. ET. Live stats and a webcast will be available through the Friars' athletic website.