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GT's Butler named Freshman of the Year

Natalie Butler
Natalie Butler

Georgetown center Natalie Butler was unanimously picked as Big East Freshman of the Year. She smashed several records this season as one of the league’s most dominant post players, including the conference regular-season rebounding record for both total boards (248) and carom average (13.8 per game), the Georgetown rebounding record (401) and the league’s standard for most Big East Freshman of the Week certificates (10). Her rebounding average ranks sixth nationally, while only five players in the NCAA have more double-doubles to their name this season.

Creighton’s Marissa Janning came away as Big East Player of the Year. DePaul's Doug Bruno was tabbed Coach of the Year.

Janning was the league’s top scorer this season at 18.3 points per game overall and 19.9 against conference foes. The sophomore guard was one of eight conference players to eclipse the 30-point mark this season and one of just four to do it on multiple occasions. Shel averaged 3.9 assists per game and shot over 41 percent from deep, making 2.8 three-pointers per game to rank second in the league. Despite playing over 34 minutes per game, Creighton’s offense facilitator averaged less than three turnovers per game as the Bluejays rank 12th in the nation in miscues per contest.

Additional individual award winners were Defensive Player of the Year Liz Stratman of Butler, Scholar-Athlete of the Year Katherine Plouffe of Marquette, Sixth-Man Award went to Villanova’s Caroline Coyer, Most Improved Player was Seton Hall’s Tabatha Richardson-Smith and Eugeneia McPherson of St. John’s earned the Sportsmanship Award.

Butler, who averaged 14.2 ppg, is the fourth Hoya in program history to be named conference Freshman of the Year. She was also named to the all-conference second team along with fellow Hoya Andrea White (15.8 ppg, 9.2 rpg). Butler’s Daress McClung, Creighton’s McKenzie Fujan and Sarah Nelson, Providence’s Alexis Harris and Richardson-Smith joined them on the All-BIG EAST Second Team.

GT’s Faith Woodard (10.3 ppg, 24 starts) joined Butler on the Big East All-Freshmen team. The announcement was made March 6.