Jan. 8, 2014
CINCINNATI - The Georgetown University women's basketball team (6-9, 0-3 BIG EAST) couldn't overcome a large first half deficit falling, 85-68, to the Xavier University Musketeers (7-8, 2-1 BIG EAST) Wednesday evening at the Cintas Center in Cincinnati, Ohio. The Hoyas fought to come back in the second half, but couldn't find a way to stop Xavier's nine first-half 3-pointers.
As the Hoyas opened the game looking inside, the Musketeers looked from long range hitting six of their first seven 3-point attempts to take a 26-10 lead. Xavier's Ashley Wanniger led the way with 16 points on her own in the first nine minutes of the game.
The barrage of treys continued as the Musketeers seemingly hit everything from beyond the arc. The Blue & Gray weathered the storm with layups by senior forward Andrea White (Lancaster, Va./Lancaster) and freshman forward Faith Woodard (Brandon, Fla./Freedom) on the other end, but the hot shooting allowed XU to take a significant lead.
Despite trailing by as much as 27, the Hoyas battled back ending the half on a 9-0 run including three free throws from Woodard making the score 48-33 at the break.
The Hoyas shot 46.4 percent in the half and outrebounded the Musketeers, 19-12, but allowed XU 50.0 percent shooting from the floor, 56.3 percent from three and 25 points off of turnovers.
The Blue & Gray chipped away at the lead in the second half by getting defensive stops. Georgetown never staged the big run, but found a way to close in on Xavier little by little.
Trailing by 17, sophomore guard Katie McCormick (Leonardtown, Md./St. Mary's Ryken) hit a 3-pointer at 8:54 which was followed by a jumper from White to make it 59-47.
The Musketeers answered, but free throws from Woodard and White cut the lead to 10 at 7:31, 61-51. This was the closest GU would come.
Despite the Hoyas' momentum, Xavier quickly scored four to stop the run and managed to hold the Blue & Gray at arm's length for the remainder of the game.
Georgetown battled down the stretch with a scrappy full court press right to the end, but free throws made the difference as Xavier hit from the line to come away with the 85-68 victory.
White led the Blue & Gray with 16 points, while Woodard added 13. Freshman center Natalie Butler (Fairfax Station, Va./Lake Braddock) tallied her 11th double-double of the year with 14 points and an game-high 20 rebounds as well as four blocks, a team-best three assists and one steal. She is currently leading the conference in double-doubles and has the most of any freshman in the country.
GU outrebounded Xavier, 42-36, but allowed 43.6 percent shooting from the field.
Wanniger led all scorers with 26 points including five 3-pointers.
The Hoyas will return home on Saturday hosting the Butler University Bulldogs in a 2 p.m., matchup at McDonough Arena. Live stats and a webcast will be available at www.GUHoyas.com.