Georgetown Falls Short in BIG EAST Opener
Jan. 1, 2014
WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University women's basketball team (6-7, 0-1 BIG EAST) suffered a tough two-point, overtime loss to the Creighton University Bluejays (8-6, 2-0 BIG EAST), 65-63, in the BIG EAST Conference opener on Wednesday afternoon at McDonough Arena. The Hoyas were in it the entire way, but couldn't stop the hot-shooting Bluejays late in the game.
"What I've taken from the last three games is just how tough we are," said Georgetown Head Coach Jim Lewis. "I've told them that we just need to keep doing what we've been doing for longer periods of time."
The first half was back and forth as neither could gain a major advantage. After the Bluejays led early, Georgetown staged a 10-0 run including four points from freshman center Natalie Butler (Fairfax Station, Va./Lake Braddock).
As the lead changed hands late in the half, a pair of free throws from Creighton's Sarah Nelson tied it at 26 going into the break.
The second half was a story of two teams trying to impose their will on the other. The Bluejays began hitting from beyond the arc sinking six of their 22 3-point attempts in the half. Georgetown started looking inside with 16 points in the paint and forcing fouls as the Blue & Gray went 13-of-16 at the line.
Creighton led early in the second, but Georgetown continued to answer forcing 11 ties in the two halves.
With the score tied at 54 with 1:44 remaining, Butler hit a pair of free throws and senior guard Samisha Powell (Virginia Beach, Va./Princess Anne) added one more to make it 57-54 with 34 seconds left. A 3-pointer by Sarah Nelson on the next possession tied it again sending the game into overtime for the second-consecutive game for the Blue & Gray.
Overtime belonged to the Bluejays as the squad opened with a pair of 3-pointers to lead by as much as six. Georgetown answered with a pair of free throws by freshman forward Faith Woodard (Brandon, Fla./Freedom) and a layup from Butler to pull within two, 65-63, with 1:19 on the clock.
A steal by senior forward Andrea White (Lancaster, Va./Lancaster) gave Georgetown a chance as the shot with 38 seconds left just missed. The Hoyas forced one more turnover and had a chance to go end to end with six seconds remaining, but couldn't come up with a bucket making the final 65-63.
Butler led the way for Georgetown with her ninth double-double of the season posting 24 points and 13 rebounds. She is among the nation's leaders in double-doubles and has the most of any freshman in the country. White added 13 points, while Woodard had 12. Powell had a career-best 13 boards.
Georgetown outrebounded Creighton, 49-42, and allowed just 33.3 percent shooting. The Bluejays found the answer from long range with 12 3-pointers in the game.
"I'm so proud of our resilience," said Lewis. "We're working hard every day and getting better."
The Hoyas will have a quick turnaround hosting the Marquette University Golden Eagles on Saturday at McDonough Arena at 4 p.m. Live stats and a webcast will be available at www.GUHoyas.com.