March 04, 2014
CHICAGO - The Georgetown University women's basketball team (10-20, 4-14 BIG EAST) couldn't stay with the No. 25/25 DePaul University Blue Demons (24-6, 15-3 BIG EAST) Tuesday evening falling, 91-74, at McGrath-Phillips Arena in the BIG EAST regular season finale. Despite the loss, freshman center Natalie Butler (Fairfax Station, Va./Lake Braddock) finished conference play setting new league records for both overall and rookie rebounding average with 13.8 rpg.
"We are now looking at the third season and the clean slate is available for all 10 teams to do with it whatever they may," said Georgetown Head Coach Jim Lewis. "The similarities from last year are striking because they turned us over again, but when they didn't turn us over we shot in a high percentage so that's something we need to figure out."
The Hoyas had four players in double figures with sophomore guard Logan Battle (Springfield, Va./West Springfield) leading the way posting 17. Butler tallied her 23rd double-double of the year with 15 points and 13 rebounds. Senior forward Andrea White (Lancaster, Va./Lancaster) managed 14 points and freshman guard Faith Woodard (Brandon, Fla./Freedom) had 11.
Georgetown shot 59.3 percent for the game and outrebounded the Blue Demons 37-35, but had 24 turnovers in the game.
The Blue Demons came out fired up on Senior Day, but GU quickly recovered and came back after the early deficit. A DePaul 3-pointer made it 16-7, but the Blue & Gray answered with an 8-0 run to cut it to three at the 12:06 mark of the first.
As the Blue Demons heated up from outside, the Hoyas looked in scoring in the paint and in transition. A pair of 3-pointers from Battle cut it to two on two occasions, as the pace of the game quickened.
DePaul closed out the last five minutes of the half with four 3-pointers and despite the Hoyas being consistent in the paint with two layups from Butler, it allowed the Blue Demons to take the 47-36 lead at the break.
Fouls plagued the Georgetown defense early in the second allowing DePaul to take a double-digit lead at the line. Butler had two layups and Battle added another trey as the Hoyas battled.
Midway through the second, the defense began to get stops and the offense staged a 10-2 run including four points from White. A 3-pointer from sophomore guard Katie McCormick (Leonardtown, Md./St.. Mary's Ryken) at 10:22 made it 66-60, but once again the Blue Demons answered with a run of their own.
As the minutes ticked away, the Hoyas just couldn't stay with DePaul as the lead continued to climb. Late in the contest, Georgetown was forced to foul resulting in the 91-74 final.
Butler finishes BIG EAST play as the all-time leader in rebound and boards in a rookie season (248) as well as both overall and rookie rebounding average. She is also tied for the record for most rebounds in a BIG EAST Conference game with 20.
The Hoyas have completed the regular season and will open BIG EAST Tournament play as the No. 8 seed on Saturday back at McGrath-Phillips Arena in the opening round of the tournament against the ninth-seeded Xavier University Musketeers. The game is scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m., and live stats will be available through www.GUHoyas.com.