Feb. 10, 2014
NEW YORK, N.Y. – Georgetown swept the BIG EAST weekly women’s basketball awards for the second time this season as Andrea White was tabbed the Player of the Week and teammate Natalie Butler was named Freshman of the Week. Butler’s recognition is her ninth of the season to rank second-most all-time in league history, while White’s is her second of 2013-14.
BIG EAST Player of the Week
Andrea White, Georgetown, Sr., F
White bounced back after missing a game nursing an injury to lead the Hoyas to a 1-1 week. The senior averaged 21.0 points, 10.5 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 2.0 steals, while shooting 50 percent from the floor and hitting all of her free-throw attempts. At Creighton on Wednesday, White stuffed the stat sheet with team highs of 17 points, five assists and three steals, while grabbing seven boards. She followed that with an impressive double-double of 25 points, 14 rebounds and added a pair of dishes in the Hoyas’ win against Xavier on Saturday.
BIG EAST Freshman of the Week
Natalie Butler, Georgetown, Fr., C
Butler maintained her hold as the conference’s top rebounder following a week averaging 15.5 boards to go along with 14.5 points. Butler, who shot 52.6 percent from the floor, totaled 13 points, 14 rebounds, three blocks and three assists at Creighton on Wednesday, before registering 16 points, 17 rebounds and three dishes against Xavier. Averaging 13.4 rebounds per contest in BIG EAST tilts, the rookie center is on pace to break the conference’s rebounding average record of 12.4 held by Dana Wynne of Seton Hall (1994-95 and 1995-96).
Lauren Burford, Villanova, Jr., F
Burford led the Wildcats to a 2-0 week by averaging 17 points and 3.5 assists per contest. She shot over 52 percent on the week, including 6-of-10 mark at Providence on Wednesday.
Marissa Janning, Creighton, So., G
Janning matched the BIG EAST single-game high for points this season with 38 against Georgetown on Wednesday, before totaling 16 points at DePaul on Sunday afternoon. For the week she averaged a league-high 27 points per game, while adding 7.0 rebounds and 3.0 assists.
Daress McClung, Butler, Sr., G/F
McClung came off the bench to average 16.5 points, 4.0 rebounds and 2.5 assists in a 1-1 week for the Bulldogs. She totaled a game-high 22 points in BU’s win at Marquette on Saturday night.
Jasmine Penny, DePaul, Sr., F
Penny averaged 15.5 points and 9.5 rebounds in another 2-0 week for the Blue Demons. Her 21 points against Creighton on Sunday were a game high and marked her eighth 20-point contest of the season.
Ka-Deidre Simmons, Seton Hall, R-Jr., G
Simmons averaged 17.5 points and 3.0 assists while shooting .522 from the floor, leading SHU in scoring in both games last week. Her 20-point total at Marquette was a game high.