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D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera was named to the Big East weekly honor roll. (John McDonnell/The Washington Post)

A weekly roundup of Georgetown athletics.

Men’s basketball: Hoyas sophomore D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera was named to the Big East weekly honor roll on Monday for the second straight week and the fourth time this season. Smith-Rivera averaged 18.5 points, 6.0 rebounds and 3.5 assists while shooting 50.0 percent from the floor (13 of 26) during the week for the Hoyas. He scored 18 points, had seven rebounds and five assists in Georgetown’s overtime win at Butler on Saturday and scored 19 points and had five rebounds the Hoyas’ loss at Providence earlier in the week. Overall this season, Smith-Rivera leads and ranks fifth in the Big East in scoring, averaging 17.3 points per game. He is third on the team with 4.9 rebounds per game, second on the team (11th in the Big East) with 3.2 assists per game and first on the team (12th in the Big East) with 1.3 steals per game.

Georgetown is 11-4 overall and 3-1 in the Big East, having won three of its last four games and 10 of its last 12 overall entering Wednesday night’s game at Xavier.

Women’s basketball: On Monday, freshman center Natalie Butler was named Big East rookie of the week and senior forward Andrea White was named to the weekly honor roll.

Butler averaged 14.5 points, 17.5 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 3.0 blocks in a 1-1 week for the Hoyas. The rookie center reached the 20-rebound mark for the second time this season with 20 at Xavier on Wednesday night. Butler notched a double-double in both games last week, shooting 40 percent from the floor.

Her six Big East rookie of the week awards puts her in a nine-way tie for fourth-most in conference history, a list that includes former Hoyas player Rebekkah Brunson (2000-01). The league record of 10 newcomer awards is held by Connecticut’s Maya Moore (2007-08).

White averaged 20.5 points, 8.0 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.5 steals in a last week for the Hoyas. She notched a double-double of 25 points and 10 rebounds in Georgetown’s first Big East win of the season against Butler (85-79) on Saturday afternoon as the Hoyas registered their highest point total against a league foe since January 2009. GU came back from a 19-point deficit to pick up the win.

Men’s soccer: Georgetown freshman midfielder Alex Muyl was among a 36-player pool called into training camp for the U.S. Under-20 men’s national team by Coach Tab Ramos.

The camp was in Lakewood Ranch, Fla., Jan. 3-12. It was the team’s second camp of the new cycle and first domestic camp. The Florida camp also featured two intrasquad scrimmages.

The roster included 28 players with ties to the Development Academy, including 12 players who are currently registered for Academy teams.

For the U-20 group, Major League Soccer’s New York Red Bulls had the heaviest ties for one club, featuring three first-team signings, one current Academy player and two former Academy players coming off their freshman collegiate seasons including Muyl and Adam Najem of Akron.

Swimming and diving: Georgetown wrapped up its first meet of the spring semester as the men fell to Gardner-Webb, 185-95, while the women fell to James Madison, 202-90 at Savage Natatorium on Saturday afternoon.

The Hoyas, competing for the first time since returning from its winter training trip, received victories from Christian Kilgore in the 200-yard breaststroke and Martin Vanin in the 100-yard butterfly on the men’s side, while Molly Gayno earned a win in the 100-yard butterfly.

Tennis: Both the men’s and women’s squads will be in Richmond on Friday for the 2014 4+1 VCU Invitational, competing against Campbell and the host Rams. Each will consist of four singles matches and one doubles match. The women are scheduled to play Campbell at 11 a.m. and VCU at 3 p.m. The men will be competing against VCU at 1 p.m. and Campbell at 5 p.m.

Women’s golf: Coach Katie Brophy announced the signing of two student-athletes to National Letters-of-Intent to play for the Hoyas starting with the 2014-15 academic year: Jacquelyn Eleey (Quincy, Mass./The Taft School) and Lauren Gross (Windermere, Fla./Windermere Prep). Both players are ranked among the Golfweek top 100, with Gross at No. 46 and Eleey at No. 68. Eleey posted three top 10 American Junior Golf Association finishes, including winning the qualifier and finishing in third place at the David Leadbetter Championship in Ellicott City. She also posted a fifth place finish at the William Penn Junior Championship in Elverson, Pa. and finished in eighth place at the AJGA Killington Junior in Vermont. Gross had an impressive summer on the AJGA Tour in 2013, winning two events and finishing among the top 10 five times. She won the HJGT Falcon’s Fire (Girls 15-18) with scores of 68-67-67 and then won the Orange Lake Junior Open with scores of 69-74. In addition, she placed seventh at the AJGA Annapolis Junior (70-77-81), sixth at the AJGA Hank Haney IJGA Junior Open (74-72-75) and in third place at the Florida Junior Tour (77-73).

Track and field: Georgetown topened the 2014 portion of the indoor season at the Father Diamond Invitational in Fairfax, hosted by George Mason. The Hoyas showed dominance in the middle-distance and distance events and across the board, including seven first-place finishes. The Hoyas return to action next weekend, splitting sites between the Maryland Invitational and the Nittany Lion Challenge on Saturday, January 18.

After spending the first 17 years of his Post career writing and editing, Matt and the printed paper had an amicable divorce in 2014. He's now blogging and editing for the Early Lead and the Post's other Web-based products.
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