Hoyas Fall to Wildcats, 59-49

Natalie Butler

Jan. 29, 2014

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WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University women's basketball team (7-14, 1-8 BIG EAST) lost 59-49 to the Villanova University Wildcats (15-5, 5-4 BIG EAST) Wednesday evening at McDonough Arena. Despite a solid second half, Georgetown couldn't overcome a tough performance in the first to drop the decision on the evening.

"Today we were far below our average on the offensive end of the floor, but at halftime I was happy to hold a high-scoring team like Villanova to 32 points," said Georgetown Head Coach Jim Lewis. "We knew our offense would come and we just didn't sustain it as long as we needed. I will always acknowledge effort and we had tremendous effort tonight."

Possession made the difference in the first as the Wildcats managed 40 field goal attempts to GU's 22 in the opening 20 minutes. Additionally, Georgetown committed 15 first-half turnovers giving `Nova the opportunity to take a large lead.

The Wildcats spent the first firing from long range where they hit 6-of-27. Georgetown, on the other hand, looked inside to freshman center Natalie Butler (Fairfax Station, Va./Lake Braddock) and senior forward Andrea White (Lancaster, Va./Lancaster).

It was a one-possession game throughout a majority of the first as the `Cats would put up 3-pointers and the Hoyas would push the ball in transition.

A 3-pointer from senior guard Samisha Powell (Virginia Beach, Va./Princess Anne) cut the lead to five, 20-15, with 5:25 left in the first. Villanova answered with an 11-0 run to finish off the half as the `Cats went into the break leading 32-15.

The Hoyas outrebounded the Wildcats, 26-18, in the first but allowed six 3-pointers as well as 12 points off of turnovers.

The Blue & Gray chipped away at lead in the second taking care of the ball and getting stops on defense. Villanova led by as much as 17 with 11:19 remaining but the Hoyas didn't give up.

An 8-0 run sparked by four points from freshman forward Faith Woodard (Brandon, Fla./Freedom) cut the lead to nine, 46-37, with 6:52 to go.

Georgetown came within seven down the stretch with less than three minutes remaining, but that was as close as the Hoyas would get. Late momentum was not enough to overcome Villanova's significant first-half advantage as the Blue & Gray fell 59-49 at the final whistle.

Butler posted the double-double with a game-high 19 points and 14 boards, she went 9-of-10 from the field. White led the way on the glass with 15 rebounds while contributing eight points and Woodard was second in scoring with 11 points and nine rebounds.

The Blue & Gray outrebounded the Wildcats 60-31 and allowed just 28.4 percent shooting. Villanova had 11 3-pointers in the game and posted 12 steals as a team as four players scored in double figures.

It was Georgetown's lowest point total of the season.

The Hoyas will travel to Milwaukee, Wis., to begin the second half of BIG EAST Conference play on Saturday at Marquette University. Tipoff is scheduled for 5 p.m. ET at the Al McGuire Center. Live stats and a webcast will be available at MU's athletic website.



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