Jan. 18, 2014
SOUTH ORANGE, N.J. - The Georgetown University women's basketball team (7-11, 1-5 BIG EAST) fell to the Seton Hall University Pirates (11-5, 2-3 BIG EAST), 73-62, Saturday afternoon at Walsh Gymnasium in South Orange, N.J. Senior forward Andrea White (Lancaster, Va./Lancaster) and freshman center Natalie Butler (Fairfax Station, Va./Lake Braddock) both tallied double-doubles, but it wasn't enough.
"When we take care of the ball, we have the chance to reach the excellence within our group," said Head Coach Jim Lewis. "Tonight we played a team that played tougher and harder than we did. After the game, we told the group that we don't coach effort, it comes from within. We played tough and with good effort, but not for long enough and that made the difference."
Sophomore shooting guard Katie McCormick (Leonardtown, Md./St. Mary's Ryken) did it all in the opening minutes scoring Georgetown's first nine points, getting out in transition and deflecting a pair of passes on the defensive end. Free throws allowed the Pirates to stay in it with four of their first eight points coming from the line.
An 8-0 SHU run allowed the Pirates to take a five-point lead, 19-14, at 7:44 in the first. Freshman forward Faith Woodard's (Brandon, Fla./Freedom) layup off of the press break stopped the momentum, but turnovers proved costly as the GU offense struggled to score in the half court.
Despite Seton Hall's furious scoring down the stretch, Georgetown managed to keep it under 10 going into the break on late baskets from White and Butler. The Blue & Gray went into the half trailing, 34-25.
The Hoyas outrebounded the Pirates, 27-23, in the first. However, 18 GU turnovers resulting in 21 points for Seton Hall was too much to overcome.
SHU opened the second with five quick points to take a 14-point lead, but the momentum quickly shifted as GU began to look down low. A 6-0 run including four points from Woodard cut it to seven as the Hoyas kept battling.
The flow of the game continued as the Pirates' Tabatha Richarson-Smith hit from long range and GU fed it inside. A 10-3 run made it 58-49 and the Blue & Gray defense started producing stops on the other end.
White scored three points to make it 63-56 with 1:42 remaining, but that was as close as the Hoyas would get down the stretch. Free throws allowed Pirates to pull away making the final 73-62.
White led the way with 17 points and 13 rebounds for her ninth double-double of the season, while Butler added 16 points and 14 boards for her 14th on the year. McCormick rounded out those in double figures with 12 points on the afternoon.
Georgetown outrebounded Seton Hall, 50-37, and shot 41.0 percent for the game while holding the Pirates to 34.3 percent from the field. However, 29 turnover were the difference as SHU generated 31 points off of giveaways. This allowed all five Pirate starters to score in double figures including 22 points from Richardson-Smith.
Georgetown will return home on Wednesday as the squad battled the DePaul Blue Demons at 8 p.m., at McDonough Arena. Live stats and a webcast will be available through www.GUHoyas.com.