Butler Named Rookie of the Week as Hoyas Prepare for Great Alaskan Shootout
Nov. 25, 2013
WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University women's basketball team (2-2) made the trip to Anchorage, Alaska to play in the Carrs/Safeway Great Alaskan Shootout this week. The squad opens tournament play against the Colonels of Nicholls State University on Tuesday a 10 p.m. ET matchup. Additionally, freshman center Natalie Butler (Fairfax Station, Va./Lake Braddock) continued to earn BIG EAST Conference accolades this week.
After practice on Monday, the Hoyas took in the sites of Alaska including a trip to the Happy Trails Kennel in Big Lake, Alaska. The Blue & Gray met four-time Iditarod Champion Martin Buser as well as the dogs of the kennel. Upon returning back to Anchorage, the women's team prepared for the 2013 Carrs / Safeway Great Alaska Shootout Women's Team Banquet, bringing the four participating teams together to celebrate women's basketball, sportsmanship and Alaskan culture. The night featured a performance by the Lepquinm Gumilgit Gagoadim Tsimshian Dancers, a multi-generational Southeast Alaska goup based in the Anchorage area.
The women's basketball team managed a late comeback to down the Princeton University Tigers, 66-64, Saturday afternoon at McDonough Arena. The Hoyas led through much of the first half, but the Tigers came roaring back in the second.
Trailing by five with five minutes remaining, the young Georgetown team stayed composed and methodically battled back with defensive stops as well as buckets on the other end.
A pair of free throws from senior captain Andrea White (Lancaster, Va./Lancaster) gave Georgetown a one-point lead at 2:37, but Princeton tied it up a minute later. The Blue & Gray held it for one shot, a layup from Butler, with 4.4 seconds remaining to give Georgetown the 66-64 victory.
White led all scorers with 23 points and seven boards, while Butler had 14 points and freshman Faith Woodard (Brandon, Fla./Freedon) added 10.
For her efforts, Butler was named the BIG EAST Rookie of the Week on Monday for the second week in a row.
Currently leading the way for the Hoyas is Butler as the center is averaging 15.8 ppg as well as 11.5 rpg. Sophomore guard Katie McCormick (Leonardtown, Md./St. Mary's Ryken) is second with 12.5 ppg and a perfect 9-of-9 at the line, while White rounds out the scoring with 11.3 ppg.
Nicholls State Head Coach DoBee Plaisance loses only one starter from the team that posted a program-best 19 wins in 2012-13.
The guard duo of senior KK Babin and sophomore Emani White rained down 100 three-pointers on Colonels opponents last season, while the Thibadeaux, La., squad will also get a lift from senior forward LiAnn McCarthy (8.6 ppg, 4.1 rpg), who is returning from a knee injury.
This will be the first meeting between the teams.
Georgetown will play either UC-Riverside in the second round or the host Seawolves from Alaska-Anchorage. UAA is a six-time shootout champion and boasts seven-consecutive winning seasons, while UC-Riverside returns to the tournament after losing in the championship in 2006.
Either opponent would be a first for the Blue & Gray.
Tipoff is scheduled for 10 p.m. ET, at Sullivan Arena on Tuesday. Live stats will be available through Alaska-Anchorage's athletic website.