March 1, 2014
WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University women's basketball team (10-19, 4-13 BIG EAST) got a crucial 71-65 win over the Providence College Friars (7-21, 2-15 BIG EAST) Saturday afternoon on Senior Day at McDonough Arena. Additionally, freshman center Natalie Butler (Fairfax Station, Va./Lake Braddock) continued to hit milestones setting the new BIG EAST record for single-season rebounds with 235 caroms in conference play this season.
"Confidence comes from success," said Georgetown Head Coach Jim Lewis. "We've already learned a lot of lessons from lack of success, but the good news is that we're still here, we're still together, we're getting better and better and it's not so much who we're playing but how we're playing and I like the way we're playing."
Senior forward Andrea White led the way with 17 points and 10 rebounds for her 14th double-double of the season, while Butler posted 10 points and a career-high 20 boards for her 22nd double-double on the year. Freshman guard Faith Woodard (Brandon, Fla./Freedom) and sophomore guard Logan Battle (Springfield, Va./West Springfield) rounded out those in double figures with 13 and 12 points, respectively.
Georgetown had a big day on the boards outrebounding the Friars, 62-39.
The lead went back and forth as the game began with neither squad gaining an advantage. At 9:22, a Woodard layup sparked an 11-0 run including four points from White and a Battle trey to make it 26-18 with 5:27 remaining in the first half.
At 4:05, Butler came down with her ninth rebound of the game to set the BIG EAST record and add to her banner rookie season.
The Friars staged a late 6-0 run including a 3-pointer at the buzzer to make it 30-27 at the break.
Providence cut it to two early in the second half, but that would be as close as the squad would come as the Blue & Gray staged another 11-0 run to take the 13-point lead. Sophomore forward Dominique Vitalis (Bloomfield, N.J./Gill St. Bernard's) finished the run with five-consecutive points to make it 42-31.
From that point on, the Hoyas controlled the pace of the game going up by as much as 15 late in the contest.
In the final minutes, Providence cut the lead to six making it interesting. However, the opportunity never came as Georgetown made sure to put the game away with the 71-65 final.
While Butler made history, Saturday was also a big day for the members of the senior class playing in the final home game of their careers. Prior to tipoff, there was a brief ceremony honoring their accomplishments.
"We're so proud of all of our seniors and for them to go out on an exciting note is great," said Lewis. "Andrea White had an outstanding game with a double-double and then Samisha Powell had an outstanding game with nine points and eight assists. They've been playing together for about eight years and it's a great thing to have happen to two outstanding young women."
Georgetown will finish out the season at DePaul University on Tuesday at 9 p.m. ET. The game will be televised live on CBS Sports Network and live stats will be available at www.GUHoyas.com.