Jan. 13, 2014
NEW YORK, N.Y. – Seton Hall’s Ka-Deidre Simmons led the Pirates’ charge in an upset win at Villanova on Saturday afternoon, earning her BIG EAST Women’s Basketball Player of the Week plaudits. Georgetown’s Natalie Butler continued to maintain a hold on the BIG EAST Freshman of the Week certificate, earning the honor for the sixth time this season.
BIG EAST Player of the Week
Ka-Deidre Simmons, Seton Hall, R-Jr., G
Simmons becomes the second Seton Hall player of the season to earn the weekly award, following a 25-point, six-assist, three-steal showing at Villanova on Saturday. The redshirt junior shot 7-of-15 from the floor, including 2-of-3 from deep, as the Pirates defeated the Wildcats for the first time since January 2010. The Wildcats entered Saturday’s nationally televised game atop the BIG EAST standings with a 3-1 mark and a league-best 29th ranking in the NCAA RPI. They had allowed just five players all season to score 20 or more points, with Simmons’ 25 being a season-high against the nation’s 24th-ranked defensive scoring average team.
BIG EAST Freshman of the Week
Natalie Butler, Georgetown, Fr., C
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 Rebekka Brunson (2000-01). The league record of 10 newcomer awards is held by Connecticut’s Maya Moore (2007-08).
BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll
Alexis Harris, Providence, Jr., F
Averaged 19.0 points, 7.0 rebounds and 1.5 blocked shots per game last week against two of the hottest teams in the BIG EAST, Creighton and DePaul. Harris shot 59.3-percent from the field (16-27) and is the only Friar to reach double figures in each BIG EAST game this season.
Marissa Janning, Creighton, So., G
Janning recorded the second-highest point total in the BIG EAST this season with 34 points at Providence on Saturday. She finished the game 13-of-17 against the Friars, including 6-of-9 beyond the arc. In a 1-1 week for the Bluejays, she averaged 25.0 points, 4.0 rebounds and 2.0 assists.
Katherine Plouffe, Marquette, Sr., F
Plouffe led all scorers with 23 points and nine rebounds in Marquette’s lone game of the week. She shot 50 percent (10-20) from the floor and dished out two assists. The senior’s 23-point effort marked her sixth 20+ point game of the season.
Amber Thompson, St. John’s, Jr., F
Thompson led the Red Storm to a 2-0 week behind back-to-back double-doubles against Creighton and DePaul. She scored 11 points and grabbed 12 rebounds against the league’s previously unbeaten Bluejays and followed that with a 13-point, 11-rebound showing at DePaul.
Andrea White, Georgetown, Sr., F
Averaged 20.5 points, 8.0 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.5 steals in a 1-1 week for the Hoyas. White notched a double-double of 25 points, 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.