Georgetown Hoyas sports roundup


D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera had a big game against St. John’s on Saturday. (Jonathan Newton/The Washington Post)

A sports roundup from Georgetown.

Men’s basketball: Sophomore D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera was named to the Big East weekly honor roll on Monday after his performance in a pair of games last week, the third time this season that he has been selected to the honor roll. Smith-Rivera and the Hoyas won their second straight Big East game with a 77-60 decision over St. John’s on Saturday. It was the team’s ninth win in the last 10 games as Georgetown improved to 10-3 overall and 2-0 in the Big East. Smith-Rivera scored a season-high 31 points, connecting on 9 of 12 from the floor and hitting a career-high six three-pointers as the Hoyas hit 56.1 percent of their shots from the floor (23 of 41) and were 69.2 percent from three-point land (9 of 13). Earlier in the week, he scored 12 points and grabbed eight rebounds in a 61-54 win over DePaul. In the two games last week, Smith-Rivera averaged 21.5 points and 7.0 rebounds, while shooting 52.0 percent from the floor (13 of 20) and 61.5 percent from three-point land (8 of 13). He leads the team in scoring with 17.1 points per game, which ranks sixth in the Big East, is third on the team with 4.8 rebounds and second with 3.1 assists per game.

Women’s basketball: Georgetown finished out nonconference play with a mark of 6-6. The Hoyas had close games against Michigan State, 67-54, and Western Kentucky, 57-55, at the Puerto Rico Classic. Georgetown closed out nonconference play at Florida on Dec. 28 with a 67-65 overtime loss.

The Hoyas opened the new year with a pair of overtime thrillers. Georgetown fell to Creighton, 65-63, and Marquette, 82-80, to open Big East play.

The Hoyas have had four consecutive games decided by two points and set a program record with three consecutive overtime matchups.

On Monday, freshman center Natalie Butler won her fifth Big East rookie of the week award and senior forward Andrea White was named to the weekly honor roll for the second time this season.

Butler maintained her spot as the league’s top rebounder following a pair of double-doubles last week. Against Creighton, Butler scored 24 points and grabbed 13 rebounds before scoring 12 points and corralling 12 boards against Marquette. For the week, the freshman averaged 18 points, 12.5 rebounds and 1.5 blocked shots.

For the season, Butler is the top-scoring freshman at 15.1 points per game and leads all Big East players with a 12.7 rebounding average. She is sixth in the nation in rebounding average, as well as the top freshman in the country, and ranks eighth overall including first among freshmen in national double-doubles with 10 on the season.

White tallied a double-double of 22 points, 11 rebounds against Marquette on Saturday en route to averaging 17.5 points, 8.5 rebounds for the week. She is currently second on the squad in scoring with 14.6 ppg as well as 8.9 rpg.

Men’s soccer: Georgetown has two seniors preparing for their professional careers. Steve Neumann signed a guaranteed contract with Major League Soccer last week as one of just two seniors to sign with the league.

Neumann and classmate Joey Dillon are both preparing for the MLS Combine and the MLS SuperDraft later this month.

Baseball: Coach Pete Wilk has announced that Dan Duquette, executive vice president of baseball operations for the Baltimore Orioles, will serve as the keynote speaker for the 10th annual First Pitch Dinner on Feb. 8 at the Leo J. O’Donovan Dining Hall on the Hilltop. Cocktails and silent auction begin at 6:30 p.m., with dinner and events beginning at 7 p.m. The annual event celebrates the beginning of the 2014 Georgetown baseball season and honors the 2013 team and its seniors.

Duquette has been with the Orioles since 2011. In just his first season, he helped the Orioles end a streak of 14 consecutive losing seasons and made the playoffs for the first time since 1997. He has worked in baseball for over 30 years and has twice been honored as the Major League Baseball Executive of the Year – 1992 with the Montreal Expos and 1995 with the Boston Red Sox.

Georgetown opens the 2014 campaign on Feb. 14 against Marshall in Winston-Salem, N.C. The Hoyas open their home schedule at Shirley Povich Field with a three-game series against Hartford on the weekend of Feb. 21-23.

Softball: Georgetown released its schedule for the upcoming season. It features 56 games, 14 home games and six tournaments. The Hoyas’ first tournament and opening games run Feb. 7-9, when they will face Liberty, Ole Miss, Western Kentucky and host Florida Gulf Coast in Fort Myers, Fla. The season opener will be against Liberty on Feb. 7 at 12:15 p.m. The first home game for the Hoyas is scheduled against Towson on March 4 at Guy Mason Park in Washington at 2:30 p.m. Georgetown will have a five-game homestand from April 1-April 6, a four-game homestand from April 18-April 22 and a three-game home series against Seton Hall to close out the season on the weekend of May 3 and 4. Georgetown will travel to face four Big East schools on the road in Villanova, Creighton, DePaul and Providence.

Sailing: Georgetown won the 29th annual Rose Bowl Regatta last weekend. The Hoyas, sailing 13-foot CFJ dinghies in a field of 26 collegiate teams, posted 27 points to win the regatta, utilizing top-three performances in six of the eight races and never finishing below seventh place. The Hoyas will return to the spring schedule Feb. 15-16 with two meets, the College of Charleston Spring Intersectional and the Quad Meet at St. Mary’s.

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