Feb. 7, 2014
WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University women's basketball team (7-16, 1-10 BIG EAST) will host the Xavier University Musketeers (8-15, 3-8 BIG EAST) in a BIG EAST Conference matchup on Saturday at 4 p.m., at McDonough Arena. It will be Georgetown's Annual Play 4Kay game as well as recognizing National Girls and Women in Sports Day.
On Wednesday, Georgetown couldn't overcome hot shooting to fall, 75-61, to the Creighton University Bluejays at the D.J. Sokol Arena. Senior forward Andrea White (Lancaster, Va./Lancaster) led the way with 17 points and five assists, while freshman center Natalie Butler (Fairfax Station, Va./Lake Braddock) added 13 points and a team-high 14 boards. Senior guard Samisha Powell (Virginia Beach, Va./Princess Anne) had 11 points on the evening.
The Hoyas outrebounded CU, 37-35, and shot 45.1 percent from the field while allowing 43.1 percent on defense.
On Monday, Butler 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 15.8 ppg and 9.2 rpg. Butler is second with 14.7 ppg as well as a BIG EAST-leading 12.9 rpg. Sophomore guard Katie McCormick (Leonardtown, Md./St. Mary's Ryken) and freshman forward Faith Woodard (Brandon, Fla./Freedom) and round out those in double figures with 10.3 and 10.2 ppg, respectively.
The team is outrebounding opponents by 8.6 rpg and shooting 41.7 percent on the season from the field.
Xavier's fell at home to DePaul Wednesday night, 78-49. Senior Shatyra Hawkes led the Musketeers with 17 points along with six rebounds and five assists. Ashley Wanninger was second on the team finishing with 11 points and five rebounds. Freshman Leah Schaefer grabbed a team-high eight boards and added three points.
This will be the third meeting between the teams and the first at home as Xavier holds a 2-0 series advantage. In the last meeting in Cincinnati, the Hoyas fell, 85-68. White led the Blue & Gray with 16 points, while Woodard added 13. Butler tallied her 11th double-double of the year with 14 points and a game-high 20 rebounds as well as four blocks, a team-best three assists and one steal.
The game is scheduled to tip at 4 p.m., at McDonough Arena. Live stats and a webcast will be available through www.GUHoyas.com. The game will be free to all fans, but a donation box will be available to give to the Kay Yow Cancer Foundation.