Jan. 22, 2014
WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University women's basketball team fell to the DePaul Blue Demons (14-5, 5-2 BIG EAST), 92-69, Wednesday evening at McDonough Arena. The Blue & Gray had a solid first half, but second-half turnovers proved costly. Georgetown is now 7-12 overall and 1-6 in the BIG EAST Conference.
"It's the head coach, and then the staff and then the players, subsequently, being accountable to the changes that we have to make otherwise it will continue down that slippery slope," said Georgetown Head Coach Jim Lewis. "We have to make really thoughtful, careful decisions but we have to make changes because it's not working."
Leading the way for the Hoyas was senior forward Andrea White (Lancaster, Va./Lancaster) with 21 points and nine boards. Freshman forward Faith Woodard (Brandon, Fla./Freedom) added 12 points and classmate Natalie Butler (Fairfax Station, Va./Lake Braddock) pulled down a team-best 10 rebounds.
Georgetown jumped out to a quick six-point lead fueled by four from White. GU held onto the advantage for the first seven minutes and, despite the Blue Demons taking a small lead, maintained control of the contest.
The lead swung back and forth throughout the first as GU found a way to regain the advantage every time. Buckets from White, Butler, Woodard, sophomore guard Katie McCormick (Leonardtown, Md./St. Mary's Ryken) and sophomore forward Ki-Ke Rafiu (Offa, Nigeria/Saints Neuman-Goretti) helped the Hoyas retake the lead over and over again as the Blue & Gray fought to hold on.
In the final three minutes of the half, DePaul staged a 7-2 run to go into the break leading 36-31.
The Blue Demons opened the second half with a 19-3 run as the press forced the Hoyas into eight turnovers during the spurt.
"The start of the second half was an inattention to detail on our part, unforced turnovers which led to easy layups," said Lewis.
Trailing 55-36, Georgetown fought to come back, but struggled against the tough DePaul defense. The Blue Demons led by as much as 29 points with 8:37 remaining in the contest, but the Hoyas weren't going to stop fighting.
Georgetown posted a 10-0 run including five points by freshman forward Jade Martin (Bloomington, Minn./John F. Kennedy) to cut it to 78-60 with six minutes to go.
Despite the momentum, 17 was as close as the Blue & Gray would come down the stretch as the Blue Demons kept the Hoyas at bay making the final 92-69. It was the most points the Hoyas have given up this season.
White led the way with 21 and Woodard added 12 points.
Georgetown shot 50.9 percent for the contest and allowed 46.5 percent shooting by DePaul. GU also outrebounded the Blue Demons, 43-32. The 30 turnovers for the game proved to be the difference.
DePaul had all five starters in double figures as Brittany Hrynko and Megan Rogowski both tallied 15 points.
The Hoyas will be back in action on Sunday at St. John's for a 6 p.m. tipoff at Carnesecca Arena. The game will be televised live on FOX Sports 1. Live stats will also be available through www.GUHoyas.com.