Feb. 3, 2014
NEW YORK, N.Y. – Caroline Coyer led Villanova to a 2-0 week, including a crucial league win over Creighton on Saturday to be named BIG EAST Women’s Basketball Player of the Week. Georgetown rookie Natalie Butler averaged a double-double en route to being tabbed BIG EAST Freshman of the Week for the eighth time this season.
BIG EAST Player of the Week
Caroline Coyer, Villanova, So., G
Coyer averaged 14.5 points, 3.0 rebounds and 4.0 assists in a 2-0 week for Villanova. The sophomore tallied 10 points, four rebounds and two assists in a win at Georgetown on Wednesday before stuffing the stat sheet against Creighton on Saturday. Coyer scored a team-high 19 points while dishing a game-high six assists while shooting 50 percent from the floor. Coyer was previously named to the BIG EAST Honor Roll twice season, while she becomes the first Villanova player to be tabbed the conference’s top weekly player since Laura Sweeney on Dec. 5, 2011.
BIG EAST Freshman of the Week
Natalie Butler, Georgetown, Fr., C
Butler averaged 16.5 points, 11.0 rebounds and 2.0 assists for the Hoyas, including a game-high 19 points against Villanova on Wednesday. Along with the 19 points, Butler snagged 14 boards against the Wildcats. She followed that performance with a 14-point, eight-rebound, four-assist showing at Marquette on Saturday. Butler also added a pair of blocks against the Golden Eagles. Her eight BIG EAST Freshman of the Week certificates put her in a tie for second with Connecticut’s Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis for most all-time. The league record of 10 newcomer awards is held by Connecticut’s Maya Moore (2007-08).
Sarah Beal, Providence, Fr., G
Beal averaged 13.0 points, 2.0 rebounds, 7.5 assists and 3.0 steals per game last week. On Tuesday at Butler, Beal recorded her first career double-double with 13 points and 13 assists, and added two steals. Beal's 13 assists were one shy of the BIG EAST single-game record for a freshman.
Mandy McDivitt, Butler, Sr., G
McDivitt averaged 14.5 points and 7.5 rebounds last week, helping Butler secure wins over Providence and at Xavier. The senior shot 40 percent from the field (9-22) and 45 percent from distance (9-20).
Arlesia Morse, Marquette, Jr., G
Morse led MU by averaging 16.0 points per game in a 1-1 week, including a game-high 21 against Georgetown. She was 4-of-4 from long range against Georgetown and 5-of-9 (.556) for the week
Sarah Nelson, Creighton, Sr., F
Nelson delivered back-to-back double-doubles in the Bluejays two contests this week. She averaged 18.5 points, 11.5 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game during the week. Against Villanova (2/1), Nelson notched a season-high with 26 points and also nabbed 11 rebounds. In the first game of the week, Nelson had 11 points, 12 rebounds and a game-high six assists
Jasmine Penny, DePaul, Sr., F
Penny averaged 13.5 points, 4.0 rebounds and 2.0 steals in a 2-0 week for the Blue Demons. Penny’s 14 points at Providence were a team high.