Feb. 8, 2014
WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University women's basketball team (8-16, 2-10 BIG EAST) snapped a tough stretch with a 66-58 victory over the Xavier University Musketeers (8-16, 3-9 BIG EAST) Saturday afternoon at McDonough Arena. Led by double-doubles from senior forward Andrea White (Lancaster, Va./Lancaster) and freshman center Natalie Butler (Fairfax Station, Va./Lake Braddock), the Hoyas got back on the winning track going into the final stretch of the regular season.
White led all scorers with 25 points and 14 rebounds for her 10th double-double of the season, while Butler had 16 points and 17 rebounds tallying her 18th double-double on the year. Senior guard Samisha Powell (Virginia Beach, Va./Princess Anne) added a team-high eight assists, and freshman Faith Woodard (Brandon, Fla./Freedom) had the complete game with seven points, seven boards, three assists , three steals and two blocks.
Georgetown outrebounded Xavier, 53-29, including 23 on the offensive glass and forced 14 turnovers on defense.
"The difference tonight was our defense," said Georgetown Head Coach Jim Lewis. "Andrea White, Samisha Powell and Jasmine Motton, our three seniors have been really tremendous leaders in terms of working through the process. Those three seniors have allowed us to work through the process with a sense of dignity, respect and joy. If you don't understand how difficult challenges can be, it can overwhelm you and that never happened with them."
The Hoyas jumped out to a double-digit lead early on staging an 8-0 run just five minutes in to go ahead, 15-4. Four points from White sparked the momentum.
The lead held strong until the eight-minute mark when the Musketeers began heating up from long range tying it at, 24, on a trio of 3-pointers. White's layup with 10 seconds to go put GU ahead, but a last-second trey at the buzzer allowed XU to go into the break leading, 30-29.
It took less than two minutes for the Blue & Gray to regain the advantage in the second half. A 3-pointer from sophomore guard Katie McCormick (Leonardtown, Md./Shattuck-St. Mary's) put the Hoyas ahead by nine, 47-38, which was the largest lead of the half to that point.
The defense battled and a layup at 4:15 gave GU the 11-point advantage. However, the Musketeers didn't stop fighting as back-to-back 3-pointers cut it to five with 3:16 remaining in the contest.
Stops on the defensive end and free throws down the stretch allowed the Hoyas to hold on for the 66-58 victory at the final buzzer.
The win snapped a seven-game losing streak for the Hoyas and gave the squad momentum going into the final games of the regular season.
Georgetown will be home again on Wednesday as the team welcomes the Seton Hall University Pirates to McDonough Arena at 8 p.m. Live stats and a webcast will be available through www.GUHoyas.com.