NEW YORK CITY - Junior guard Dionna White (Baltimore, Md./Milford Mill) earned unanimous BIG EAST Conference Preseason honors at the league's annual women's basketball media day held at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Wednesday. Additionally, the Hoyas were picked to finish fifth in the BIG EAST Preseason Coaches' Poll, receiving 43 points.
The event was attended by first-year Head Coach James Howard, White and senior guard Mikayla Venson (Arlington, Va./Yorktown/Virginia).
White led the Hoyas in scoring last season with 15.2 ppg as well as a squad-best 46 3-pointer’s. She managed a team-high 97 steals on the defensive end and also pulled down 5.1 rpg. White was second on the team in assists with 92 and posted 16 blocked shots. She was a Second Team All-BIG EAST honoree as a sophomore.
The Hoyas are coming off back-to-back national postseason berths (WNIT) and will look to continue the trend under Howard. Previously Georgetown’s associate head coach, Howard inherits a talented bunch, including White and Venson. The junior guard led the league in steals last year and was the No. 4 scorer. Georgetown went 17-13 overall and 9-9 in BIG EAST play last year.
Marquette was the unanimous favorite as the Golden Eagles are the reigning BIG EAST Tournament champions and return four starters and 10 letterwinners from that squad. Marquette earned all 81 available points to sit atop the poll, which was conducted by the league’s head coaches who were not permitted to vote for their own team.
BIG EAST Tournament runner-up and co-regular-season champion DePaul earned the remaining first-place vote and came in second with 73 points. Villanova placed third with 61 points, while Creighton followed in fourth (58 points). Georgetown rounded out the top five with 43 points, followed by Seton Hall (40 points), St. John’s (37), Butler (29), Providence (18) and Xavier (10).
Georgetown will open the season at home on Nov. 14 as the Hoyas host local-rival Howard University at 7 p.m.