Jan. 17, 2014
WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University women's basketball team (7-10, 1-4 BIG EAST) will travel to South Orange, N.J., for a BIG EAST Conference road matchup against the Seton Hall University Pirates on Saturday at 2 p.m. The Blue & Gray has played two of its last three games away from home.
Earlier this week, the Hoyas fell at Providence, 70-61, despite a late comeback in the second half. Two players had double-doubles as senior forward Andrea White (Lancaster, Va./Lancaster) led the way with 21 points and 11 rebounds while freshman center Natalie Butler (Fairfax Station, Va./Lake Braddock) posted 13 points and 14 boards.
On Monday, Butler won the BIG EAST Rookie of the Week award and White was named to the weekly honor roll.
Butler averaged 14.5 points, 17.5 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 3.0 blocks in a 1-1 week for the Hoyas. The rookie center reached the 20-rebound mark for the second time this season with 20 caroms at Xavier on Wednesday night. Butler notched a double-double in both games last week, shooting 40 percent from the floor.
Her six BIG EAST Freshman of the Week certificates put her in a nine-way tie for fourth-most in conference history, a list which includes former Hoya Rebekkah Brunson (2000-01). The league record of 10 newcomer awards is held by Connecticut's Maya Moore (2007-08).
White averaged 20.5 points, 8.0 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.5 steals in a last week for the Hoyas. She notched a double-double of 25 points and 10 rebounds in Georgetown's first BIG EAST win of the season against Butler (85-79) on Saturday afternoon as the Hoyas registered their highest point total against a league foe since January 2009. GU came back from a 19-point deficit to pick up the win.
Leading the way for the Hoyas is White with 15.6 ppg and 8.9 rpg. Butler is second with 14.9 ppg as well as a BIG EAST-leading 13.4 rpg. Sophomore guard Katie McCormick (Leonardtown, Md./St. Mary's Ryken) rounds out those in double figures with 11.1 ppg, respectively.
The team is outrebounding opponents by 3.5 rpg and shooting 41.7 percent on the season from the field.
Seton Hall fell to DePaul University, 75-68, on Tuesday night in Walsh Gym. The Pirates led by six points with eight minutes to play but the Blue Demons pulled away behind the strength of 12 3-pointers. Ka-Deidre Simmons scored a team-high 21 points to lead SHU offensively, notching a second-straight 20-point game for the first time in her career. Returning to the starting lineup at Villanova last weekend, Bra'Shey Ali is averaging 9.0 points and 15.0 rebounds over the last two games.
Georgetown is 24-30 all-time against the Pirates and have won the last four meetings. In the last game, the Hoyas won by a score of 70-50 at McDonough Arena. Sugar Rodgers had 24 points and 10 rebounds, while White posted 18 points and 10 boards in the win. In the last meeting in New Jersey, the Blue & Gray came out on top, 59-41.
Since the beginning of BIG EAST play, GU is 23-28 against SHU.
The game is scheduled to tip at 2 p.m. ET. Live stats and a webcast will be available through the Pirates' athletic website.