Feb. 14, 2014
WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University women's basketball squad (8-17, 2-11 BIG EAST) will travel to Indianapolis, Ind., for a BIG EAST Conference road matchup against the Butler University Bulldogs (11-13, 6-7 BIG EAST) on Saturday at 2 p.m. The Blue & Gray is looking to bounce back after a tough result on Wednesday.
Earlier this week, the Hoyas suffered a heartbreaking 72-71 loss at the hands of the Seton Hall University Pirates. Despite leading throughout much of the contest, the Blue & Gray couldn't stop late SHU scoring.
Freshman center Natalie Butler (Fairfax Station, Va./Lake Braddock) led the way with a double-double posting 17 points and 12 rebounds. Sophomore guard Logan Battle (Springfield, Va./West Springfield) added a career-best 17 points going 7-of-9 from the field. Georgetown had four players in double figures as senior forward Andrea White (Lancaster, Va./Lancaster) scored 15 points and freshman guard Faith Woodard (Brandon, Fla./Freedom) tallied 10.
On Monday, Georgetown swept the BIG EAST weekly women's basketball awards for the second time this season as White was tabbed the Player of the Week and Butler 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 16.1 ppg and 9.3 rpg. Butler is second with 14.8 ppg as well as a BIG EAST-leading 13.0 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 10.1 and 10.0 ppg, respectively.
The team is outrebounding opponents by 8.6 rpg and shooting 41.8 percent on the season from the field.
Sophomore guard Lexus Murry scored a career-high 16 points on Wednesday night in a losing effort as Butler dropped a 61-46 decision to the Villanova Wildcats. Murry scored 14 of her team-high 16 points in the second half. Haley Howard scored nine points for the 'Dogs and Daress McClung came off the bench to add eight. Center Liz Stratman grabbed a game-high 13 rebounds while adding seven points and both Ashton Feldhaus and Blaire Langlois ended the game with three points.
Georgetown came back from a 19-point deficit to pick up the 85-79 victory over Butler in the first-ever meeting between the schools earlier this year. White led all scorers with 25 points as the Blue & Gray had four players in double digits. She also had 10 rebounds and three assists. McCormick had 18 points with four 3-pointers and going 6-of-6 at the line, Woodard posted 16 points and was a perfect 6-of-6 performance at the charity stripe. Butler continued her impressive performances in the paint with her 12th double-double of the season tallying 15 points and 15 rebounds. She also led the Hoyas in assists with five and went 7-of-8 at the line.
The game is scheduled to tip at 2 p.m. ET. Live stats and a webcast will be available through the Bulldogs athletic website.