George Mason's Butler Named Associated Press Honorable Mention All-America
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FAIRFAX, Va. – Natalie Butler's phenomenal season has been recognized at one of the highest levels.
The George Mason center was named to the Associated Press All-America Honorable Mention Team on Monday. She is the first Mason player to earn honorable mention All-America honors from the AP.
A 6-foot-5 graduate student from Fairfax Station, Va., Butler compiled one of the best seasons in program history. After spending the last two seasons at Connecticut, the Lake Braddock grad spent her last year of eligibility with the Patriots. She was named the Atlantic 10 Player of the Year after averaging a conference-best 19.2 points and 16.6 rebounds.
She led the nation in rebounding (16.6 rpg) and double-doubles (33). Her 33 double-doubles tied former Oklahoma All-American Courtney Paris for the most in a season. Her string of 33 consecutive double-doubles also tied Paris for the longest streak in one season. The streak is tied for the second-longest all-time.
She also set the school's single-season points record. She scored 653 points, breaking the mark in her last game of the season against Virginia Tech in the second round of the WNIT on March 18. She eclipsed the previous mark of 643 set by Taylor Brown. Butler also set the school record for rebounds in a game and tied the A-10 mark with 28 against Davidson on Dec. 31.
She recorded at least 20 points and 20 rebounds in the same game four times, including a career-high 35 points and 20 rebounds against Houston on Dec. 21. She notched 20 rebounds or more eight times. She also had 15 games with at least 20 points, including two 30-point plus games.