Georgetown Drops Decision at Marquette
Feb. 1, 2014
MILWAUKEE, Wis. - The Georgetown University women's basketball team couldn't come back from an early second-half deficit falling to the Marquette University Golden Eagles (14-6, 5-4 BIG EAST), 77-54, Saturday afternoon at the Al McGuire Center in Milwaukee, Wis. Turnovers and late scoring struggles dropped the Hoyas to 7-15 overall and 1-9 in BIG EAST Conference play.
"I was proud that we stepped up and did what we could do without a healthy roster," said Georgetown Head Coach Jim Lewis. "Faith Woodard did an excellent job of being aggressive and attacking and Natalie Butler continued to put up impressive numbers."
The Golden Eagles jumped out to a small lead off of layups in transition and second-chance points. Georgetown stayed right there thanks to big 3-pointers from freshmen Jade Martin (Bloomington, Minn./John F. Kennedy) and Faith Woodard (Brandon, Fla./Freedom).
As MU's Arlesia Morse heated up from beyond the arc hitting three-consecutive 3-pointers, the Hoyas answered by going inside as it stayed a two-possession contest.
With five minutes to go, Marquette managed to gain an advantage with a 6-0 run. The Blue & Gray came back, but a late 3-pointer from Morse made it 40-30 going into the break.
Georgetown shot 57.1 percent from the field, but was outrebounded, 21-12, and the Golden Eagles managed 15 second-chance points.
The Blue & Gray struggled to find its rhythm early in the second allowing Marquette to build a 16-point lead. However, the Hoya defense began getting stops and turning three-point plays on the other end to pull within 10. Freshman center Natalie Butler (Fairfax Station, Va./Lake Braddock) and Woodard both got fouled on baskets and senior guard Samisha Powell (Virginia Beach, Va./Princess Anne) added a free throw as GU fought to get back in it.
The Golden Eagles didn't back down turning it around on the other end to once again go up by as much as 22 as the Blue & Gray went cold.
As the minutes ticked by, Georgetown couldn't find a way to come back eventually falling, 77-54.
Woodard led the way with 18 points and five assists, while Butler added 14 points and a squad-best eight boards. Powell had six assists to lead the Hoyas. GU shot 40.4 percent in the game, but was outrebounded, 47-32.
Morse led MU with 21 points.
Georgetown will continue its road swing with a trip to Creighton University on Wednesday. Tipoff is scheduled for 8:05 ET. Live stats and a webcast will be available through the Bluejays' athletic website.