Butler Ties BIG EAST Record With 10th Freshman Nod

Aliyyah Handford

Aliyyah Handford

Feb. 17, 2014

NEW YORK, N.Y. – Georgetown freshman Natalie Butler matched the BIG EAST single-season record for Freshman of the Week citations on Monday with her 10th of the year. Butler was accompanied by Aliyyah Handford of St. John’s as weekly honorees, as Handford was named BIG EAST Player of the Week for the second time this season.

BIG EAST Player of the Week
Aliyyah Handford, St. John’s, So., G
Handford guided No. 24 St. John’s to its league-leading 11th win in a row on Saturday with a victory over Villanova at Carnesecca Arena. The sophomore guard stuffed the stat sheet with 25 points, eight rebounds and two assists. Handford made 10-of-18 (.556) shots from the floor and all five attempts from the charity stripe.  The 25 points are the most VU has allowed an opponent to score since Feb. 5 against Providence (Tori Rule, 29 points). This is her second BIG EAST Player of the Week honor of the season after being recognized on Dec. 23, 2013.

BIG EAST Freshman of the Week
Natalie Butler, Georgetown, Fr., C
Butler brought down a pair of rebounding records last week, claiming the BIG EAST rookie rebounding mark as well as the Georgetown single-season rebounding standard. Butler recorded double-doubles in both games last week, beginning with 17 points, 12 boards against Seton Hall on Wednesday before registering 10 points, 15 rebounds at Butler on Saturday. She has 341 caroms this season to break Rebekkah Brunson’s (2003-04) single-season GU program record, and 188 boards in BIG EAST play to shatter Brunson’s conference record of 176 set in 2000-01. The Hoyas still have four regular-season games left on their schedule. Butler’s 10th BIG EAST Freshman of the Week award ties Maya Moore’s league record set in 2007-08.   

Honor Roll
McKenzie Fujan, Creighton, Sr., G
Fujan keyed 12-0 runs to open both the first and the second halves against Providence on Saturday, scoring six points during each surge. She finished with 25 points on 11-of-21 shooting for her second-highest point total of the season.
Devon Kane, Villanova, Sr., G

Kane averaged 13.5 points, 4.5 rebounds and 4.5 assists in a pair of games last week. She eclipsed the 100-assist mark for the season, averaging 4.1 per game to rank sixth in the BIG EAST.
Tabatha Richardson-Smith, Seton Hall, So., G/F

Richardson-Smith led the offensive effort by SHU last week by averaging 17.5 points and 6.0 rebounds in a pair of road games. The sophomore shot 40 percent from the floor, including a 6-of-15 mark from downtown as the Pirates went 1-1.
Megan Rogowski, DePaul, Jr., G

In the Blue Demons’ lone game last week, Rogowski drained 7-of-9 attempts from deep and 8-of-13 shots from the field en route to a game-high 27-point showing against Seton Hall on Saturday. Rogowski leads the BIG EAST this season in three-point percentage (.443) and threes per game (3.2).
Andrea White, Georgetown, Sr., F

White averaged 16.5 points, 7.5 rebounds and 2.5 steals for the Hoyas last week. She shot .469 from the field and was credited with a steal and block per game as well.