NEWPORT NEWS, Va. — George Mason’s Natalie Butler was named as the Atlantic 10 Conference Women’s Basketball Player of the Week while Davidson’s Katie Turner earned Rookie of the Week honors. The awards were for games played Dec. 18-24.
Butler scored 35 points on 13-of-16 shooting from the field and had 20 rebounds in a loss to Houston this past week. The graduate student from Fairfax Station, Va., became just the 17th Mason player to score more than 30 points in a game and her 35 points were the most by a Patriot since Taylor Brown scored 35 on Dec. 22, 2014. She posted her 12th straight double-double, which leads the country. The weekly award marks Butler’s fifth A-10 award this season.
Turner helped lead Davidson to a 2-0 week by averaging 12 points and shooting 8-of-16 from the field, including 6-of-12 from beyond the arc. The freshman from Reno, Nev., also dished out seven assists, with five of them coming in a win at home vs. Charlotte. Turner recorded her second-highest scoring performance of the season with 17 points in the win against the 49ers. She also hit the game-winning three-pointer to give Davidson a 68-66 lead with 37 seconds left on the clock.
Atlantic 10 Weekly Honor Roll
Davidson’s Justine Lyon had a stellar week in leading the Wildcats to a 2-0 week with wins over High Point and Charlotte. She averaged a team-best 22 points per game, while hauling in 8.5 rebounds, dishing out 6.0 assists and pocketing 2.5 steals for the week…Duquesne freshman Libby Bazelak scored a career-high 14 points on 5-of-6 shooting against No.1/1 UConn on Friday…George Mason’s Nicole Cardaño-Hillary recorded 14 points and five steals against Houston…Saint Louis’ Jenny Vliet recorded her second double-double of the season with 13 points and 12 rebounds in a win over Tulsa.