Feb. 5, 2014
OMAHA, Neb. - The Georgetown University women's basketball team (7-16, 1-10 BIG EAST) was in it much of the way, but couldn't overcome hot shooting to fall, 75-61, to the Creighton University Bluejays (14-9, 8-3 BIG EAST) Wednesday evening at the D.J. Sokol Arena. GU will return home after a two-game road swing on Saturday.
"Obviously it was a tough loss, but we did do some things well today," said Assistant Coach Kenya Kirkland. "We need to continue to work on our perimeter defense and will keep improving when we get in the gym tomorrow."
Similar to the last meeting, the Blue & Gray pushed the ball in transition early on getting buckets in the paint, while the Bluejays opted to fire from long range taking a 15-8 lead.
The Georgetown defense began to force turnovers midway through the first and those turned into points on the other end to tie it at 17. Four points of a 6-0 run were from Faith Woodard (Brandon, Fla./Freedom) layups hustling up the floor to convert back-to-back Bluejay giveaways.
Creighton regrouped and settled back into firing 3-pointers to take a six-point lead. Only a trey from freshman guard Jade Martin (Bloomington, Minn./John F. Kennedy) could keep it a two-possession game as the GU defense looked to come up with stops.
The Bluejays closed out the half with three-consecutive 3-pointers to make it 32-22. Georgetown answered with a 6-0 run over the final two minutes to make it 32-28 going into the half.
The treys continued to fall for Creighton as the second half began and the Hoyas suffered early turnover issues. Creighton managed to take an eight-point lead, 40-32, as efforts by seniors Andrea White (Lancaster, Va./Lancaster) and Samisha Powell (Virginia Beach, Va./Princess Anne) weren't enough.
Trailing by 10, Georgetown staged a 9-2 run sparked by five points from freshman guard Tyshell King (Baltimore, Md./St. Frances Academy) to cut it to three, 56-53, with 6:37 remaining in the contest.
Despite the momentum, Creighton answered with another trey and used a stifling defense to stop the Blue & Gray and build a lead on the points of Marissa Janning.
The Hoyas cut it to five on buckets from King and Woodard with two minutes left, but being forced to foul made it tough to come back as Georgetown eventually fell, 75-61.
White led the way with 17 points and five assists, while freshman center Natalie Butler (Fairfax Station, Va./Lake Braddock) added 13 points and a team-high 14 boards. Powell had 11 points on the evening.
The Hoyas outrebounded CU, 37-35, and shot 45.1 percent from the field while allowing 43.1 percent on defense.
Janning led the Bluejays with 38 points including five 3-pointers.
Georgetown will be back in action on Saturday at McDonough Arena as the squad takes on Xavier University at 4 p.m. The Hoyas will celebrate National Girls and Women in Sports Day as well as GU's annual Pink Zone game. Live stats and a webcast will be available through www.GUHoyas.com.