Feb. 23, 2014
VILLANOVA, Pa. - The Georgetown University women's basketball squad (9-19, 3-13 BIG EAST) fell to the Villanova University Wildcats (20-6, 10-5 BIG EAST), 65-52, Sunday afternoon at The Pavilion. The Hoyas will return home next weekend for their final regular season contest.
"I'm proud that we continually fight back," said Georgetown Head Coach Jim Lewis. "We had a season low with eight turnovers, but we didn't convert enough and we put too much pressure on our defense."
The Wildcats opened the game looking to take over on the perimeter as the Hoyas worked it inside. Villanova hit a trio of 3-pointers in the first six minutes, but the Blue & Gray answered as sophomore guard Logan Battle (Springfield, Va./West Springfield) matched the three ball and added a jumper.
Villanova led by as much as eight, 21-13, but the Hoyas came back with a layups in the paint from senior forward Andrea White (Lancaster, Va./Lancaster) and freshman center Natalie Butler (Fairfax Station, Va./Lake Braddock). White also added a monster block on the other end to keep within striking distance.
Despite brilliant play from Battle, Villanova continued to hit from the outside and a last-second trey made it 36-25 going into the break.
Battle had eight points in the half and Butler added six points as well as six boards, but that couldn't overcome Nova's eight 3-pointers.
Villanova opened the second with a trey, but the Hoyas came back staging a 9-0 run including an and-one from senior guard Samisha Powell (Virginia Beach, Va./Princess Anne). The GU defense held the Wildcats scoreless for five minutes while mounting a comeback.
The squads traded threes as White hit from beyond the arc to pull Georgetown within four, 48-44, and a bank shot from freshman guard Faith Woodard (Brandon, Fla./Freedom) made it a two-point game with the clocking going under 10.
Every possession mattered as the Hoyas fought to take a lead, but the `Cats had an answer at every turn. VU got hot late and Georgetown was forced to foul making the final 65-52.
White led the way with 16 points and pulled down nine boards, Butler had 12 points and 13 rebounds for her 21st double-double of the season.
Georgetown outrebounded VU, 39-37, and shot 39.3 percent while also committing a season-low eight turnovers.
Georgetown has a midweek bye and will be back in action on Saturday, March 1 hosting the Providence College Friars at 3 p.m., at McDonough Arena. Prior to tip, there will be a short ceremony honoring the five members of the senior class. Live stats and a webcast will be available through www.GUHoyas.com.