Nov. 15, 2013
Brookings, S.D. - The Georgetown University women's basketball team battled back, but couldn't overcome a double-digit deficit falling 86-80 Friday evening at South Dakota State (1-2) in Brookings, S.D. The Blue & Gray is now .500 on the season with a mark of 1-1 overall.
"I was proud of our players for coming back from a 15-point deficit ," said Georgetown Head Coach Jim Lewis. "In the second half we showed a lot of grit and determination giving ourselves a chance to win. Being a work in progress for the second game of the year, we can build on this."
Freshman center Natalie Butler (Fairfax Station, Va./Lake Braddock) opened the scoring with a layup, but that would be the Blue & Gray's only lead of the game. The Jackrabbits answered with a 9-0 run to take an 11-2 lead at 16:23.
Georgetown battled back, but SDSU continued to push eventually moving ahead by 10 midway through the half.
As South Dakota State got hot from beyond the arc, it looked as if they'd pull away. However, after trailing 28-15, the Hoyas put together a 9-0 run to cut it to four, 28-24. Senior forward Andrea White (Lancaster, Va./Lancaster) had four points in the comeback.
A three at 5:28 was the turning point as the Jackrabbits came roaring back to go ahead by as much as 15 and the Hoyas went into the break trailing 43-32.
Three-pointers began the first half as sophomore guard Katie McCormick (Leonardtown, Md./St. Mary's Ryken) opened the half with a three-point play, but the Jackrabbits answered with back-to-back treys.
SDSU maintained a double-digit lead for much of the second half as it looked as though they may run away with it. However, the Hoyas had something left in the tank staging a huge comeback late in the game.
Trailing 60-45 with 11:49 remaining, Georgetown cut it to six on an 9-0 run where every point was scored by a Hoya freshman. A pair of free throws made it 64-54, but once again the Hoyas answered with a 7-1 run capped off by a 3-pointer from McCormick.
Georgetown was within two multiple times over the final six minutes, but couldn't get the necessary stop to take the lead. Big buckets from McCormick, Butler and freshman forward Shayla Cooper (Norcross, Ga./Norcross) were keys.
Despite the comeback, GU could never find the answer as the Blue & Gray ran out of time falling 86-80 at the final horn.
Butler led the way for the Hoyas with her second double-double in as many collegiate games scoring 20 points with 13 blocks. She was an impressive 8-of-10 from the field and 4-of-6 at the line. McCormick added 18 points fueled by a trio of 3-pointers and Cooper tallied her first-career double-double with 15 points and 10 boards.
The Blue & Gray shot 45.8 percent from the field, but allowed the Jackrabbits to shoot 50.0 percent. Georgetown held a 42-31 advantage on the boards and tallied four blocks in the contest.
The Hoyas will have a short turnaround as the squad hosts No. 10/11 Cal-Berkeley on Sunday at McDonough Arena at 3 p.m. The game will be televised live on FOX Sports 1. Additionally, fans can listen or follow the live stats at www.GUHoyas.com.