Jan. 11, 2014
WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University women's basketball squad came back from a 19-point deficit to pick up the 85-79 victory over the Butler University Bulldogs (7-9, 2-3 BIG EAST) Saturday afternoon at McDonough Arena. The Hoyas battled back with a strong second half to move to 7-9 overall and 1-3 in BIG EAST Conference play.
"I give our players so much credit because they withstood the barrage of 3-pointers from a really good Butler team," said Georgetown Head Coach Jim Lewis. "We have a great group of young women and we're in a position where we're getting better so good things are ahead of us."
Trailing by 14 points five minutes into the second half, the Hoyas staged a 14-2 run to pull within two, 54-52. Senior forward Andrea White (Lancaster, Va./Lancaster) had six points, freshman center Natalie Butler (Fairfax Station, Va./Lake Braddock) posted five points and Katie McCormick (Leonardtown, Md./St. Mary's Ryken) hit the dagger 3-pointer to stop any Bulldog momentum.
BU came back to go up by 10, but the Hoyas found a way once again to pull within one, 67-66, as Butler and White went to work. McCormick got the crowd on its feet hitting a 3-pointer to make it a one-possession game.
At the 2:01 mark and the Bulldogs leading, 71-70, McCormick sank her fourth trey of the day to give GU its first lead since early in the game.
Georgetown didn't relinquish the lead as steals by White and McCormick turned into transition layups on the other end. With the Bulldogs forced to foul, GU went 8-of-8 at the line in the final 30 seconds to make the final 85-79.
The win was the Blue & Gray's first in conference play after a tough stretch of close and overtime contests.
It didn't look as positive for the Hoyas in the first half as Butler went 9-of-18 from beyond the arc in the first to mount a 19-point lead midway through. However, the Georgetown defense weathered the storm and managed to come back late in the half.
Trailing by 19, GU staged a 12-1 run including six points from White to make it 36-28 with 2:31 remaining. As the Bulldogs cooled off from three, the Hoyas managed to stay in it making it 40-30 at the half.
White led all scorers with 25 points as the Blue & Gray had four players in double digits. She also had 10 rebounds and three assists, it was her seventh double-double of the season.
McCormick had 18 points with four 3-pointers and going 6-of-6 at the line, while freshman forward Faith Woodard (Brandon, Fla./Freedom) posted 16 points and was a perfect 6-of-6 performance at the charity stripe.
Butler continued her impressive performances in the paint with her 12th double-double of the season tallying 15 points and 15 rebounds. She also led the Hoyas in assists with five and went 7-of-8 at the line.
Georgetown shot 51.9 percent for the game and 50.0 percent from beyond the arc as well as 88.5 percent at the line. The Hoyas outrebounded Butler, 40-24.
The Bulldogs had four players in double figures and went 16-of-35 from three. Blair Langlois had 19 points and Mandy McDivitt posted 18 as they combined for 11 3-pointers.
Georgetown will continue conference play on Wednesday at Providence College. Tipoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. Live stats and a webcast will be available through the Friars' athletic website.