Oct. 16, 2013
NEW YORK - Freshman forward Shayla Cooper (Norcross, Ga./Norcross) and senior forward Andrea White (Lancaster, Va./Lancaster) both earned BIG EAST Conference Preseason honors at the league's annual women's basketball media day held at Chelsea Piers in New York City on Wednesday. Additionally, the Hoyas were picked to finish sixth in the BIG EAST Preseason Coaches' Poll receiving 36 points.
Cooper was named the BIG EAST Preseason Rookie of the Year making it a first for the Georgetown program. The freshman forward hails from Norcross, Ga., where she was a McDonald's All-American nominee helping her high school team to the state championship. Cooper earned All-State, All-County and All-Region honors in her career while also exceling in the classroom as a member of the honor roll. Cooper played AAU with Essence Girls Basketball.
White was one of 10 players named to the Preseason All-BIG EAST squad. She finished last season playing in 29 games, starting 28 and was second on the team in scoring and rebounding averaging 10.4 ppg as well as 6.5 rpg while tallying 70 steals, 21 blocks and 55 assists. Her 6.5 rpg also made her among the leaders in the conference. This is her first-career preseason honor.
The Blue & Gray was selected to finish sixth in the conference with 36 points. Georgetown's highest preseason ranking was three years ago when the Hoyas were selected to finish third in the highly-competitive league.
DePaul, which earned an at-large bid to the 2013 NCAA Women's Basketball Championship, was named the top pick to win the league in the 2013-14 BIG EAST Preseason Coaches' Poll. The Blue Demons had eight first-place votes, while Creighton received two to sit in second. St. John's, Villanova and Marquette rounded out the top five ahead of the Hoyas. Butler, Providence, Xavier and Seton Hall completed the poll in the league that now includes 10 teams.
Georgetown will open the season on November 8 at McDonough Arena against the University of Richmond Spiders.