Feb. 4, 2014
WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University women's basketball team (7-15, 1-9 BIG EAST) will travel to Omaha, Neb., for a BIG EAST Conference road matchup against the Creighton University Bluejays on Wednesday at 8:05 p.m. ET. The Hoyas are looking to bounce back after a tough loss to open the second half of conference play.
On Monday, freshman center Natalie Butler (Fairfax Station, Va./Lake Braddock) was named the BIG EAST Conference Rookie of the Week after two outstanding performances for the Blue & Gray.
Butler averaged 16.5 points, 11.0 rebounds and 2.0 assists for the Hoyas, including a game-high 19 points against Villanova on Wednesday. Along with the 19 points, Butler snagged 14 boards against the Wildcats.
She followed that performance with a 14-point, eight-rebound, four-assist showing at Marquette on Saturday. Butler also added a pair of blocks against the Golden Eagles.
Her eight BIG EAST Freshman of the Week certificates put her in a tie for second with Connecticut's Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis for most all-time. The league record of 10 newcomer awards is held by Connecticut's Maya Moore (2007-08).
Leading the way for the Hoyas is White with 15.7 ppg and 9.3 rpg. Butler is second with 14.8 ppg as well as a BIG EAST-leading 12.9 rpg. Freshman forward Faith Woodard (Brandon, Fla./Freedom) and sophomore guard Katie McCormick (Leonardtown, Md./St. Mary's Ryken) round out those in double figures with 10.4 and 10.3 ppg, respectively.
The team is outrebounding opponents by 8.9 rpg and shooting 41.6 percent on the season from the field.
Despite 26 points from senior Sarah Nelson, the Creighton women's basketball team suffered a 68-54 loss at Villanova on Saturday. The loss dropped Creighton to 13-9 on the season and 7-3 in BIG EAST play. Nelson posted her second straight double-double with 11 rebounds, while McKenzie Fujan finished with 14 points. Fujan and Nelson combined to shoot 13-of-23 (57%) from the field, but the rest of the Bluejays were a combined 3-of-26 (12%).
In the first meeting this season, the Blue & Gray suffered its third-consecutive two-point losswith a tough 65-63 decision to open BIG EAST Conference play. The lead changed hands for much of the game, and the Hoyas couldn't stop late 3-pointers by the Bluejays.
Butler led the way for Georgetown with her ninth double-double of the season posting 24 points and 13 rebounds. White added 13 points, while freshman forward Faith Woodard (Brandon, Fla./Freedom) had 12. Senior guard Samisha Powell (Virginia Beach, Va./Princess Anne) had a career-best 13 boards.
Georgetown is 0-1 against the Bluejays.
Tipoff is scheduled for 8:05 p.m. ET. Live stats and a webcast will be available through the Bluejays' athletic website.
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