Hoyas Prepare for Puerto Rico Classic this Weekend
Dec. 19, 2013
SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO - After a long travel day, the Georgetown University women's basketball team (6-3) made the trip to San Juan, Puerto Rico to play in the Puerto Rico Classic this weekend. The squad opens tournament play at the Coliseo Guillermo Angulo against the Spartans of Michigan State University on Friday in a 2:30 p.m. ET matchup. The following day, Georgetown will play the Western Kentucky University Lady Toppers at noon ET.
The squad arrived in San Juan and immediately went to the gym for practice. On Thursday, a good workout was followed by a trip to the Bioluminescent Bay.
On Monday, the squad swept the BIG EAST Conference Weekly awards. Senior forward Andrea White (Lancaster, Va./Lancaster) was named the Player of the Week, while freshman center Natalie Butler (Fairfax Station, Va./Lake Braddock) won the Rookie of the Week award. It marked the first time this season the Hoyas won two major awards in one week.
White scored a career-high 29 points and pulled down 12 rebounds in a 66-65 win at Yale last Tuesday. She shot 11-of-17 (.647) from the field while also managing three assists and two steals.
Butler won the award again after contributing 15 points and 11 rebounds in the Yale victory. She also blocked three shots. Butler currently leads the BIG EAST in rebounding with a 12.1 average.
Butler is leading the squad in points and rebounds averaging a double-double with 15.8 ppg and 12.1 rpg. White is second with 14.9 ppg and 8.4 rpg and sophomore guard Katie McCormick (Leonardtown, Md./St. Mary's Ryken) is averaging 12.1 ppg and is a perfect 11-of-11 at the line.
Michigan State is 6-4 on the season and will face No. 13/16 Oklahoma State in its first game of the Puerto Rico Classic on Thursday afternoon. The Spartans are led by senior forward Annalise Pickrel who is averaging 14.8 ppg and 7.2 rpg. She is followed by guard Aerial Powers who has posted 14.1 ppg as well as a team-best 7.4 rpg. Rounding out those in double figures is freshman guard Tori Jankoska with 12.4 ppg.
MSU will be talented from long range with 70 3-pointers on the year. Pickrel and Jankoska have combined for 38 of those.
Georgetown has a 0-1 all-time record against the Spartans. The lone meeting between the two schools was on Nov. 24, 1990 in East Lansing where the Blue & Gray fell, 108-71.
Western Kentucky will open the tournament on Friday against Belmont before facing the Hoyas on Saturday. With the 83-48 win over Jackson State on Sunday, WKU finished regular season play at E.A. Diddle Arena with a 4-1 mark in non-conference play. The Lady Toppers have four in double figures and are led by junior Alexis Govan who is averaging 16.1 ppg. Junior forward Chastity Gooch is averaging 15.0 ppg along with a squad-best 10.6 rpg.
This will be the first meeting between the teams.
Live audio will be available for both games through Georgetown's athletic website.