Jan. 15, 2013
NOTRE DAME, Ind. - The Georgetown University women's basketball squad fell, 79-64, to the University of Notre Dame Fighting Irish (15-1, 4-0 BIG EAST) Tuesday evening at Purcell Pavilion at the Joyce Center in Notre Dame, Ind. In a physical contest, the Hoyas couldn't stop the Irish to fall to 10-7 overall and 1-3 in BIG EAST Conference play.
"I thought we played well in the second half, but we gave a good team too many opportunities," said Georgetown Head Coach Keith Brown. "I tell them all the time, they give scholarships here in South Bend so you're going to make mistakes because these ate good players. It's how you respond to those mistakes, that's what we're working on now. It's a process we're building on."
Fouls and turnovers hurt the Blue & Gray in the opening minutes as the Fighting Irish jumped out to a quick lead. UND stayed perfect at the line as opportunity after opportunity arose, and on offense the Hoyas struggled to find the bottom of the net.
With six minutes remaining, Georgetown put together a run as sophomore guard Jasmine Jackson (Old Bridge, N.J./Old Bridge) took advantage of opportunities driving to the basket a number of times and hitting a 3-pointer.
Junior forward Andrea White (Lancaster, Va./Lancaster) and freshman guard Katie McCormick (Leonardtown, Md./St, Mary's Ryken) both contributed as the score went to 35-18, the sole difference being the 17 free throws UND had made to that point as GU had no attempts at the line.
Late in the half the game continued to be physical, and a Hoya ejection didn't help but Georgetown stayed strong to go into the break trailing, 44-29.
White opened the second half with a free throw and a 3-pointer as GU battled to get back in the contest. Foul trouble and injuries hampered the effort for Georgetown, but a number of reserves stepped up to pick up the slack with Jackson and freshman Ki-Ke Rafiu (Offa, Nigeria/Saints Neuman-Goretti) both making big plays.
As time ticked away, every time GU gained momentum, the Irish hit a shot to keep a big run out of reach making it an uphill battle.
The Hoyas couldn't find a way as UND hit free throws down the stretch making the final, 79-64.
Jackson led the way with a career-high 15 points, while White added 14 points and 12 boards for the double-double. Senior shooting guard Sugar Rodgers (Suffolk, Va./King's Fork, Va.) had 14 points in the contest along with five assists and four steals.
Georgetown tied UND in the second half with 35 points and both squads pulled down 36 rebounds. The Hoyas also turned the Fighting Irish over 28 times on 17 steals.
Kayla McBride led the way for Notre Dame with 17 points as the Irish had four players in double figures.
The Hoyas will be back in action on Saturday at McDonough Arena as the squad hosts the Seton Hall University Pirates at 2 p.m. The game will be televised live on MASN as part of the BIG EAST Network with Bob Picozzi and LaChina Robinson calling the action. Live stats and an audio-only broadcast will be available at www.GUHoyas.com.