Feb. 2, 2013
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - The Georgetown University women's basketball squad played a solid first half, but couldn't put 40 minutes together falling, 74-60, to the No. 12/12 University of Louisville Cardinals (19-4, 7-2 BIG EAST) Saturday afternoon at the KFC Yum Center in Louisville, Ky. Georgetown is now 13-9 on the season and 4-5 in BIG EAST Conference play.
With two defensive-minded teams, the game began as expected with a lot of loose balls and turnovers. Louisville scored in transition, while the Hoyas worked it down low to senior center Sydney Wilson (Silver Spring, Md./St. John's College Prep) and junior forward Andrea White (Lancaster, Va./Lancaster) as the teams kept it close.
A layup from White and a 3-pointer from the corner by sophomore forward Brittany Horne (Carmel, N.Y./Carmel) made it 13-9 as Georgetown battled for the advantage.
The Blue & Gray led by as much as six, 16-10, while the defense continued to battle, but the Cards answered with a deep three.
It was freshman forward Dominique Vitalis (Bloomfield, N.J./Gill St. Bernard's) who managed a pair of putbacks to keep the Hoyas ahead, but the Cards gained momentum with a 5-0 run. Freshman guard Katie McCormick (Leonardtown, Md./Saint Mary's Ryken) answered with a trey in the corner as Georgetown stayed in it.
Down the stretch, Horne hit a pair of 3-pointers and Wilson added a layup as the Hoyas trailed by two. A foul in the final seconds allowed the Cards two free throws making it 33-29 at the break.
Louisville opened the second with a 3-pointer and despite a three-point play by Wilson, the Cards stayed hot with a 10-0 run to take a 46-32 lead.
McCormick scored eight-consecutive points to chip away at the lead cutting it under 10, 49-40 but another scoring drought allowed Louisville make go back up by 15.
Free throws made the difference in the second half as the Cards continued to go to the line to extend the lead as the Hoyas struggled to find an answer.
At the buzzer, the final score was 74-60.
McCormick led the Hoyas with a career-high 21 points, including 18 in the second half, while Wilson added second double-double of the season with 11 points and a team-best 11 boards. Georgetown shot 33.8 percent for the game and was outrebounded, 48-43. Both teams had 16 turnovers in the contest.
Antonita Slaughter led Louisville with 22 points, while Sara Hammond added 10 points and 11 boards.
The Hoyas will continue their BIG EAST road swing at St. John's University on Saturday at 2 p.m. Live stats will be available at www.GUHoyas.com.