March 5, 2014
WASHINGTON - Freshman center Natalie Butler (Fairfax Station, Va./Lake Braddock) has been unanimously named the 2014 BIG EAST Women's Basketball Freshman of the Year. She was also named Second Team All-BIG EAST along with senior forward Andrea White (Lancaster, Va./Lancaster). Additionally, Butler and freshman guard Faith Woodard (Brandon, Fla./Freedom) were both unanimously selected to the BIG EAST All-Freshman Team.
The Fairfax Station, Va., native is just the fourth player in program history to win the award. Sugar Rodgers won most recently earning the award in 2010, while Rebekkah Brunson was the winner during the 2000-01 season. Kimberly Smith also made the list in 1996.
This season, Butler has tied the conference record for Rookie of the Week honors with 10. She set conference records for overall rebounds and rookie rebounds with 248, while also establishing BIG EAST records in overall and rookie rebounding average with 13.8 rpg. Butler tied the rookie game rebounding record on two occasions with 20 boards against both Xavier and Providence.
The center led the league in conference and overall rebounding average with 13.8 and 13.4 rpg, respectively. She ranked among the top 10 in the country in rebounding and led the nation's freshmen while also posting a conference-high 23 double-doubles, with 15 in BIG EAST play. Butler was among the top 10 in the nation in double-doubles as well and had the most of any freshmen in the country.
Butler set a new Georgetown record for season rebounds with 401 overall and ranked second on the team in scoring with 14.2 ppg. She has 53 blocks on the season to rank her second on GU's all-time season list. The freshman is on Georgetown's all-time season list for points (426), field goal percentage (49.7%) and free throw percentage (66.7%). She led the conference in BIG EAST minutes played and started all 30 games for the Blue & Gray.
Butler was the only freshman to be named any of the all-conference teams.
White was Second Team All-BIG EAST after earning a spot on the Preseason All-BIG EAST team. She won three BIG EAST Player of the Week Awards and had six-career nods to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll including five this season. White leads the Hoyas with 15.8 ppg and ranks second on the team with 9.2 rpg as well as having a squad-best 44 steals on the year. She sits at third on the team in assists with 62.
The team captain is sixth overall in the conference in scoring and fourth in BIG EAST games with 17.0 ppg. She sits at fourth in league play in rebounds with 9.4 rpg and third on the offensive glass.
White ranks among Georgetown's career leaders in points (867), rebounds (672), blocks (68) and steals (146) and is also on the all-time lists in field goal percentage and free throw percentage. She has started in all 29 games she was available for this season and was the Most Outstanding Player at the Great Alaska Shootout.
On Wednesday, White was also named to the final BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll. White averaged 15.5 ppg and 8.5 rpg for the week where the Hoyas went 1-1. She had two assists in each game and scored 14 points at DePaul going 7-of-8 from the field. White also had 17 points and 10 boards for the double-double against Providence on Senior Day. She shot 68.2 percent from the field for the week.
Woodard is third on the team in scoring with 10.3 ppg including 10.8 ppg in league play. She has appeared in all 30 games with 24 starts to her credit and is averaging 4.3 rpg. The guard is second on the squad in assists with 75 and third in both steals and blocks with 29 and 26, respectively.
She ranks among Georgetown's all-time season leaders in both blocks and free throw percentage (70.5%).
In the BIG EAST, Woodard is the 26th leading scorer overall and 24th in conference game. She is 13th in overall blocks as well.
Georgetown was the only squad with two players on the All-Freshman team.
The Hoyas have completed the regular season and will open BIG EAST Tournament play as the No. 8 seed on Saturday back at McGrath-Phillips Arena in the opening round of the tournament against the ninth-seeded Xavier University Musketeers. The game is scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m., and live stats will be available through www.GUHoyas.com.