Feb. 17, 2014
WASHINGTON - Natalie Butler (Fairfax Station, Va./Lake Braddock), a freshman center on the Georgetown University women's basketball squad (8-18, 2-12 BIG EAST), was named the BIG EAST Conference Rookie of the Week on Monday and teammate Andrea White (Lancaster, Va./Lancaster) earned a spot on the league's weekly honor roll. The awards came as the Hoyas prepare for the No. 24/RV St. John's University Red Storm (19-5, 12-1 BIG EAST) on Tuesday at McDonough Arena.
Butler brought down a pair of rebounding records last week, claiming the BIG EAST rookie rebounding mark as well as the Georgetown single-season rebounding standard. Butler recorded double-doubles in both games last week, beginning with 17 points, 12 boards against Seton Hall on Wednesday before registering 10 points, 15 rebounds at Butler on Saturday.
She has 341 caroms this season to break Rebekkah Brunson's (2003-04) single-season GU program record, and 188 boards in BIG EAST play to shatter Brunson's conference record of 176 set in 2000-01. The Hoyas still have four regular-season games left on their schedule. Butler's 10th BIG EAST Freshman of the Week award ties Maya Moore's league record set in 2007-08.
Butler is also the first BIG EAST player to reach 20 double-doubles since DePaul's Khara Smith, who registered 23 over 34 games in the 2005-06 season. Smith needed 31 games to reach the 20 double-double mark, tallying double-doubles in her four final games with the Blue Demons, Butler has played in 26 games so far this season.
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).
White averaged 16.5 points, 7.5 rebounds and 2.5 steals for the Hoyas last week. She shot .469 from the field and was credited with a steal and block per game as well.
This is her sixth nod to the honor roll this season and the seventh of her career. She has also been named the BIG EAST Player of the Week on two occasions.
Georgetown has earned 12 weekly awards this season as well as eight spots on the honor roll.
Leading the way for the Hoyas is White with 16.2 ppg and 9.2 rpg. Butler is second with 14.7 ppg as well as a BIG EAST-leading 13.1 rpg. Freshman forward Faith Woodard (Brandon, Fla./Freedom) rounds out those in double figures with 10.3 ppg.
The team is outrebounding opponents by 8.7 rpg and shooting 41.7 percent on the season from the field.
No. 24/RV St. John's has won 11 straight BIG EAST games following its victory on Saturday over Villanova. The 11-game streak in league play is a program best. Sophomore guard Aliyyah Handford scored 19 of her game-high 25 points in the second half while senior Amber Thompson pulled down a career-high 17 rebounds to go with nine points and two blocks in the victory.
Georgetown is 27-25 all-time against the Red Storm with 50 contests coming in BIG EAST Conference play. In the meeting earlier this season, GU saw a big second-half comeback fall just short, 66-63. White led the way with 18 points, while Butler added 14 points and 10 rebounds as well as three blocks. Woodard rounded out those in double figures with 10 points, five assists, two steals and two blocks going a perfect 6-of-6 from the line.
Tipoff is scheduled for 8 p.m., at McDonough Arena. Live stats and a webcast will be available at www.GUHoyas.com. Tuesday is Alumni Night and all women's basketball alums are encouraged to come out and cheer on the Blue & Gray.