White and Butler Sweep BIG EAST Weekly Awards
Feb. 10, 2014
WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University women's basketball team (8-16, 2-10 BIG EAST) swept the BIG EAST weekly women's basketball awards for the second time this season as senior forward Andrea White (Lancaster, Va./Lancaster) was tabbed the Player of the Week and freshman center Natalie Butler (Fairfax Station, Va./Lake Braddock) was named Freshman of the Week. Butler's recognition is her ninth of the season to rank second-most all-time in league history, while White's is her second of 2013-14.
White bounced back after missing a game nursing an injury to lead the Hoyas to a 1-1 week. The senior averaged 21.0 points, 10.5 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 2.0 steals, while shooting 50 percent from the floor and hitting all of her free-throw attempts.
At Creighton on Wednesday, White stuffed the stat sheet with team highs of 17 points, five assists and three steals, while grabbing seven boards. She followed that with an impressive double-double of 25 points, 14 rebounds and added a pair of dishes in the Hoyas' 66-58 win against Xavier on Saturday.
This is White's second Player of the Week honor this season, she has also earned six-career nods to the weekly honor roll.
Butler maintained her hold as the conference's top rebounder following a week averaging 15.5 boards to go along with 14.5 points. Butler, who shot 52.6 percent from the floor, totaled 13 points, 14 rebounds, three blocks and three assists at Creighton on Wednesday, before registering 16 points, 17 rebounds and three dishes against Xavier.
Averaging 13.4 rebounds per contest in BIG EAST tilts, the rookie center is on pace to break the conference's rebounding average record of 12.4 held by Dana Wynne of Seton Hall (1994-95 and 1995-96). She is also on pace to break the GU record for rebounds in a season of 336 held by Rebekkah Brunson (2003-04).
Butler's nine awards rank her just behind the league record of 10 newcomer awards which is held by Connecticut's Maya Moore (2007-08). She has also earned one spot on the weekly honor roll.
Georgetown has won 11 BIG EAST awards so far this year and also had seven nods to the honor roll.
Georgetown will be home again on Wednesday as the team welcomes the Seton Hall University Pirates to McDonough Arena at 8 p.m. Live stats and a webcast will be available through www.GUHoyas.com.