Feb. 11, 2014
WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University women's basketball team (8-16, 2-10 BIG EAST) will host the Seton Hall University Pirates (13-9, 4-7 BIG EAST) in a BIG EAST Conference matchup on Wednesday at noon, at McDonough Arena. The opening tip was moved up to noon due to inclement weather in the area.
On Monday, Georgetown 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.
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.
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). Her nine weekly awards rank her second in conference history behind Connecticut's Maya Moore (2007-08) who had 10.
Leading the way for the Hoyas is White with 16.2 ppg and 9.4 rpg. Butler is second with 14.9 ppg as well as a BIG EAST-leading 13.1 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 10.2 and 10.1 ppg, respectively.
The team is outrebounding opponents by 9.2 rpg and shooting 41.6 percent on the season from the field.
Seton Hall was unable to come all the way back from a sluggish offensive start as the Pirates fell to Villanova, 62-57, on Sunday afternoon. Villanova ended the first half on an 18-0 run and led by as many as 22 points with 15 minutes to play before Seton Hall stormed back, scoring 42 points over the final 14:50. Redshirt junior Ka-Deidre Simmons led Seton Hall with 15 points. Wednesday's game will be the first of a two-game road trip for the Pirates.
Georgetown is 24-31 all-time against the Pirates after falling in South Orange, 73-62, earlier this season despite double-doubles from both White and Butler. In the last game at home, the Hoyas won by a score of 70-50. Sugar Rodgers had 24 points and 10 rebounds, while White posted 18 points and 10 boards in the win.
The game is scheduled to tip at noon, at McDonough Arena. Live stats and a webcast will be available through www.GUHoyas.com. Admission is free to all fans.