March 6, 2014
WASHINGTON - The eighth-seeded Georgetown University women's basketball squad (10-20, 4-14 BIG EAST) will open BIG EAST Tournament play on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. ET, at McGrath-Phillips Arena in Chicago, Ill. Georgetown ended the regular with a mark of 10-20 overall and 4-14 in BIG EAST play to earn the eighth seed. The Hoyas will face the ninth-seeded Xavier University Musketeers (8-22, 3-15 BIG EAST) who fell to seventh-seeded Seton Hall University on Tuesday.
On Wednesday, freshman center Natalie Butler (Fairfax Station, Va./Lake Braddock) was 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.
Georgetown couldn't stay with the No. 25/25 DePaul University Blue Demons (24-6, 15-3 BIG EAST) Tuesday evening falling, 91-74, at McGrath-Phillips Arena in the BIG EAST regular season finale. Despite the loss, Butler finished conference play setting new league records for both overall and rookie rebounding average with 13.8 rpg.
The Hoyas had four players in double figures with sophomore guard Logan Battle(Springfield, Va./West Springfield) leading the way posting 17. Butler tallied her 23rd double-double of the year with 15 points and 13 rebounds. White managed 14 points and Woodard had 11.
Georgetown shot 59.3 percent for the game and outrebounded the Blue Demons 37-35, but had 24 turnovers in the game.
Leading the way for the Hoyas is White with 15.8 ppg and 9.2 rpg. Butler is second with 14.2 ppg as well as a BIG EAST-leading 13.4 rpg. Woodard rounds out those in double figures with 10.3 ppg, respectively.
The team is outrebounding opponents by 8.6 rpg and shooting 42.2 percent on the season from the field.
Senior Ashley Wanninger finished with 12 points and six rebounds as Xavier fought hard to climb back into the contest but fell to Seton Hall, 62-50, in the BIG EAST Conference regular season finale at Walsh Gymnasium on Tuesday night. The Blue and White, who entered the contest ranked fourth in the conference play in three-point field goals per game (6.6), knocked down eight trifectas on 26 attempts.
This will be the fourth meeting between the teams and the first in tournament play as Xavier holds a 2-1 series advantage. This season the Hoyas and Musketeers split with GU winning the last meeting, 66-58, at home. White led all scorers with 25 points and 14 rebounds for her 10th double-double of the season, while Butler had 16 points and 17 rebounds tallying her 18th double-double on the year.
Georgetown is 13-27 at the BIG EAST Tournament in 28 appearances. The furthest the Hoyas have ever gone is the semifinals, and in 1999 GU advanced three rounds to the semifinals. Georgetown has never won the BIG EAST Tournament or made it to the championship game and has only had one player in history named to the All-Tournament team.
The winner of Saturday's game will play top-seeded DePaul at 7 p.m. ET, on Sunday. GU and DePaul have never met in tournament play.
Saturday's tipoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. ET, at McGrath-Phillips Arena. Live stats will be available through the women's basketball schedule and BIG EAST Championship Central.