WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University women’s basketball team closed out a three-game road swing with a tough 68-67 loss to the Villanova University Wildcats (18-5, 8-4 BIG EAST) on Saturday afternoon in a BIG EAST Conference matchup. With the loss, the Hoyas drop to 10-12 overall and 5-7 in league play.
“Our goal is always to hold teams under 55 and we didn’t and that was tough,” said Georgetown Head Coach James Howard. “There were some possessions that we didn’t capitalize on, we have to make free throws and we have to finish around the rim. All of these factors contributed to the loss, but we have to look to Friday and try to put it all together.”
Senior guard Mikayla Venson (Arlington, Va./Yorktown/Virginia) led the way with 23 points going 5-for-9 from beyond the arc and scoring 20 of her points in the second half. Junior guard Dionna White (Baltimore, Md./Milford Mill) tallied 21 points along with five assists and five steals. Senior forward Cynthia Petke (Yaounde, Cameroon/-/Chipola College) managed her 11th double-double of the season with 12 points and 14 rebounds for the Blue & Gray.
The Hoyas outrebounded the Wildcats, 42-34, and forced 12 turnovers while committing a season-low five. Georgetown shot 38.7 percent (29-of-75) from the field, and allowed just 51.0 percent (25-of-49) shooting from Villanova.
Villanova jumped out to a quick 7-0 lead before White ended the run with a jumper. The Wildcats pounded it inside, and the Hoyas fought back cutting the lead to one, 11-10, on a shot in the lane from White in transition capping off a 6-0 run. Villanova answered late making it 16-12 in favor of the Wildcats at the end of the first quarter.
On the first possession of the second quarter, Georgetown pulled down three-consecutive offensive rebounds before Petke banged one in off of the glass. A Venson trey and a defensive stop allowed Petke to go to work down low. She scored another layup making it 19-18 and giving the Hoyas their first lead of the contest.
Villanova would come right back and regain the lead, but White used a quick 7-0 run of her own, tallying two steals in the process, to tie the game at 30. The Hoyas would go into the break trailing, 34-32.
Belk opened the second half with a jumper at the top of the key to tie the game at 34. Villanova would cling to a small lead as the Hoyas battled to keep it a one-possession game for much of the third period. Every Wildcat bucket would have a Georgetown retort, however, the Hoyas just could not regain the lead. GU would end the stanza trailing, 51-47.
Venson tallied five quick points to begin the final quarter of play. Her jumper at 6:43 tied the game at 52. As Nova scored, Venson answered with a three-point play to pull the Hoyas within one, 56-55. The Wildcats managed a small run to pull ahead by as much as seven. However, Venson wasn’t done and the combination of her and White made it a two-point game, 67-57, with seven seconds left as Venson sank her fourth triple of the afternoon.
Georgetown was forced to foul and Alex Louin hit 1-of-2 from the line. On the final play, White drove for a layup but it would not be enough as the Hoyas fell, 68-67.
The Hoyas will be back in action on Friday as the squad hosts the Seton Hall University Pirates in a BIG EAST contest at 2 p.m. at McDonough Arena. The game will be broadcast live on the BIG EAST Digital Network (BEDN) with Jeremy Huber and Monika Moore calling the action. Live stats will also be available at www.GUHoyas.com.
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