Feb. 28, 2014
WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University women's basketball squad (9-19, 3-13 BIG EAST) will host the Providence College Friars (7-20, 2-14 BIG EAST) in a BIG EAST Conference matchup on Saturday at 3 p.m., at McDonough Arena. The game is GU's final regular season home contest and there will be a short ceremony prior to the opening tip to honor the Class of 2014.
Last week, senior guard Samisha Powell (Virginia Beach, Va./Princess Anne) scored 13 points as the Hoyas came from behind to upset the No. 22/RV St. John's University Red Storm, 60-57, Tuesday night at McDonough Arena. The win snapped the Red Storm's 11-game winning streak and marked the first win over a ranked opponent since Nov. 11, 2012.
Freshman guard Faith Woodard (Brandon, Fla./Freedom) and sophomore guard Logan Battle (Springfield, Va./West Springfield) each scored 12 points and freshman center Natalie Butler (Fairfax Station, Va./Lake Braddock) added 14 rebounds for the Hoyas. Georgetown outrebounded St. John's, 36-30, and shot 46.2 percent from the field.
The Hoyas followed that up with a 65-52 loss at Villanova University on Sunday. Senior forward Andrea White (Lancaster, Va./Lancaster) led the way with 16 points and pulled down nine boards, Butler had 12 points and 13 rebounds for her 21st double-double of the season. Georgetown outrebounded VU, 39-37, and shot 39.3 percent while also committing a season-low eight turnovers.
Butler brought down a pair of rebounding records earlier this season, claiming the BIG EAST rookie rebounding mark as well as the Georgetown single-season rebounding standard. She has 368 caroms this season to break Rebekkah Brunson's (2003-04) single-season GU program record, and 215 boards in BIG EAST play to shatter Brunson's conference record of 176 set in 2000-01. The Hoyas still have two regular-season games left on their schedule. Butler's 10th BIG EAST Freshman of the Week award last week tied 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 28 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).
Leading the way for the Hoyas is White with 15.8 ppg and 9.3 rpg. Butler is second with 14.3 ppg as well as a BIG EAST-leading 13.1 rpg. Woodard rounds out those in double figures with 10.2 ppg, respectively.
The team is outrebounding opponents by 8.4 rpg and shooting 41.8 percent on the season from the field.
The Providence College women's basketball team recorded its second BIG EAST win of the season with a 61-59 finish over Xavier on Saturday, Feb. 22 at Alumni Hall. Freshman Sarah Beal fueled the Friars with a second half surge scoring all 18 of her points. Three Friars joined Beal in double figures. Rule and junior guard Karin Robinson tallied 13 points each. Harris finished with 12 points and 11 boards to notch her 11th career double-double. Harris also tallied four blocks and dished out the game-winning assist.
The Hoyas are 24-28 all-time against the Friars and 13-10 at home. In the last meeting, GU saw a second-half comeback fall short in a 70-61 loss. White led the way with 21 points and 11 boards for her 11tth double-double of the season, and Butler added 13 points with a squad-high 14 rebounds for her 13th double-double on the year. Georgetown outrebounded Providence, 48-35, and allowed 38.2 percent shooting, but shot just 37.7 percent from the field.
The game is scheduled to tip at 3 p.m., at McDonough Arena. Live stats and a webcast will be available through www.GUHoyas.com. Not only is Saturday Senior Day, it is also High School Day, Kids Take Over McDonough and Daddy Daughter Day.