Jan. 15, 2014
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - The Georgetown University women's basketball team (7-10, 1-4 BIG EAST) saw a second-half comeback fall short in a 70-61 loss to the Providence College Friars (6-10, 1-4 BIG EAST) Wednesday evening at Alumni Hall in Providence, R.I. The Hoyas put in the valiant effort, but couldn't overcome a tough first half.
"I think the girls that were in there played hard, now we just need to put it together for 40 minutes," said Assistant Coach Krystle Reeves-Evans. Head Coach Jim Lewis was suffering from the flu and didn't make the trip.
The Hoyas jumped out to a 7-2 lead to open the game, but the Friars answered to move ahead by one, 17-16, midway through the first. Georgetown kept is close using the height advantage down low to hit layups as PC fired from long range.
Three-consecutive 3-pointers allowed the Friars some breathing room taking a five-point lead, 23-18, at the seven-minute mark.
The threes were part of a 14-2 run late in the half allowing Providence to build the lead as Tori Rule scored all 14 of the Friars' points making it 34-20 at the break. The Hoyas suffered a six-minute scoring drought to close out the half.
Senior forward Andrea White (Lancaster, Va./Lancaster) hit two early buckets for the Blue & Gray to being the second half, but the Friars answered with 3-pointers to build the 21-point lead.
With the tandem of White and freshman center Natalie Butler (Fairfax Station, Va./Lake Braddock) working inside, Georgetown used a 12-2 run to cut it to nine, 54-45 at the seven-minute mark. White had back-to-back three-point plays to fuel the run.
The Friars answered, but the Hoyas continued to push trying to make it a one-possession game. The Blue & Gray had the opportunities, however, time was not on their side as the comeback was too late. Sophomore guard Katie McCormick (Leonardtown, Md./St. Mary's Ryken) scored eight late points to close the gap, but GU was forced to foul on the other end.
At the final horn, the Blue & Gray fell, 70-61.
White led the way with 21 points and 11 boards for her 11tth double-double of the season, and Butler added 13 points with a squad-high 14 rebounds for her 13th double-double on the year.
Georgetown outrebounded Providence, 48-35, and allowed 38.2 percent shooting, but shot just 37.7 percent from the field.
Sarah Beal led the Friars with 21 points as three were in double figures.
The Hoyas will continue their road trip this weekend at Seton Hall. Georgetown will tip at 2 p.m., at Walsh Gymnasium. Live stats and a webcast will be available through the Pirates' athletic website.