Jan. 20, 2014
NEW YORK, N.Y. – DePaul’s Brittany Hrynko showed why she was voted the BIG EAST Women’s Basketball Preseason Player of the Year last week in a pair of persuasive performances to lead the Blue Demons to a 2-0 week. For her efforts, Hrynko was tabbed the BIG EAST Player of the Week for the first time this season, while Georgetown’s Natalie Butler garnered Freshman of the Week accolades for the third consecutive week and seventh time overall.
BIG EAST Player of the Week
Brittany Hrynko, DePaul, Jr., G
Hrynko led the Blue Demons to a pair of wins last week, beginning with a 16-point showing at Seton Hall on Tuesday. Hrynko scored 13 second-half points, sinking 3-of-5 shots from deep, as the Blue Demons recaptured the lead with under seven minutes to play to secure the win. The junior guard had everything go her way on Sunday against Villanova, connecting on 70 percent of her shots (7-of-10) en route to her third 20-point performance of the season. Hrynko was credited with seven assists and grabbed five boards for the second straight game. For the week, Hrynko shot 56.5 percent, including 45.5 percent from three, while averaging 18 points and 4.5 assists. Through six BIG EAST games this season, Hrynko is averaging six assists per contest to rank second among league competitors.
BIG EAST Freshman of the Week
BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll Caroline Coyer, Villanova, So., G
Natalie Butler, Georgetown, Fr., C
Butler extended her consecutive double-double streak to eight games following a pair last week. The rookie center tallied 13 points and 14 rebounds at Providence on Wednesday before registering 16 points and 14 boards at Seton Hall on Saturday. For the week, Butler shot 48.1 percent and added a pair of blocks per contest. Butler maintained her spot atop the BIG EAST rebounding list this season, showing a 13.4 caroms per contest average. Her seven BIG EAST Freshman of the Week certificates put her in a tie for third with Connecticut’s Rebecca Lobo for most all-time. The league record of 10 newcomer awards is held by Connecticut’s Maya Moore (2007-08).
Coyer scored a game-high 17 points in the Wildcats nonconference finale win over Penn on Wednesday before registering 16 points at DePaul on Sunday. For the week, Coyer shot over 52 percent while adding 5.0 rebounds and 3.5 assists. Tabatha Richardson-Smith, Seton Hall, So., G/F
Richardson-Smith averaged a league-high 19.5 points per game in a 1-1 week for the Pirates, tallying 17 points against DePaul and 22 against Georgetown. The sophomore guard/forward totaled 17 second-half points against the Hoyas as SHU held on for the win. She shot 48.4 percent for the week and made a BIG EAST-best eight triples.
Tori Rule, Providence, Jr., G
Rule averaged 18.5 points and 4.0 rebounds last week, shooting 7-of-13 from three-point territory (53.8-percent). Rule notched 19 points in a victory over Georgetown on Wednesday and followed with a game-high 18 points against Xavier on Saturday. The Friars' victory over Georgetown snapped a streak of 12-straight losses to the Hoyas. Liz Stratman, Butler, Jr., C
Stratman averaged 15.5 points, 2.0 assists, 3.5 blocks, 7.5 rebounds and shot 40.7 percent in a 1-1 week against the league’s top-two teams in the standings, St. John’s and Creighton. Stratman shot 62.5 percent from deep last week, the highest clip by all league players. Stratman’s double-double of 16 points, 10 rebounds led the Bulldogs to the upset win over the Bluejays.
Andrea White, Georgetown, Sr., F
White led the Hoyas in scoring in both games last week, averaging 19 points, 12 rebounds. White ranks second in the BIG EAST behind teammate Natalie Butler with nine double-doubles on the season.