Hoyas Down Nicholls State to Advance to Great Alaska Shootout Championship

Samisha Powell
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Nov. 27, 2013

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Anchorage, ALASKA - The Georgetown University women's basketball team (3-2) used a big second-half effort to defeat the Nicholls State University Colonels (3-2), 67-55, in the semifinals of the Carrs / Safeway Great Alaska Shootout Tuesday evening at Sullivan Arena in Anchorage, Alaska. The Hoyas will play in the championship game on Wednesday against host Alaska-Anchorage, who defeated UC-Riverside in the other semifinal.

"We give Nicholls State a lot of credit for really pushing us and making us put it into second gear tonight," said Georgetown Head Coach Jim Lewis. "Our players are enjoying a victory that was hard earned that we really had to fight for. In the second half we did good things and it was a great team victory."

The Colonels jumped out to an early lead hitting from long range. A 12-2 run including four 3-pointers made it 21-9 at 11:41 as the Blue & Gray worked to take away the perimeter. In the first 10 minutes, Nicholls State attempted 13 3-pointers hitting six.

A jumper from freshman center Natalie Butler (Fairfax Station, Va./Lake Braddock) stopped the run and freshman forward Faith Woodard (Brandon, Fla./Freedom) added a layup to cut it to eight.

Nicholls State continued to hit from outside, but the Hoyas answered by going into the paint.

A late scoring drought by both squads was snapped at 3:04 when freshman guard Tyshell King (Baltimore, Md./St. Frances Academy) made a big 3-pointer to pull within eight once again. Butler added a layup as the Hoyas went into the break trailing by two, 28-26.

Senior forward Andrea White's (Lancaster, Va./Lancaster) layup to open the second half tied it at 28, but the Colonels hit back-to-back 3-pointers to stay on top. It was all White early on as she scored Georgetown's first seven points of the half to tie it at 34 and hit the free throw for the three-point play to give the Hoyas their first lead of the contest.

Classmate Samisha Powell (Virginia Beach, Va./Princess Anne) followed that up with a three-point play of her own as the Blue & Gray used the momentum to pull away. A layup from Butler capped off the 14-0 run making it 40-34.

From that point on, Georgetown dominated play on both ends. A 3-pointer from sophomore guard Katie McCormick (Leonardtown, Md./St. Mary's Ryken) gave the Hoyas a 17-point lead at 8:33 as GU continued to build.

While the offense continued to produce, the defense was solid on the other end tightening up on the perimeter and forcing turnovers by the Colonels.

The Blue & Gray led by as much as 19 in the second half and even a late scoring drought couldn't stop the Hoyas as Georgetown cruised to the 67-55 victory.

"They're a great shooting team, so in the second half we had to keep our intensity up and help out on defense," said White.

Butler led the way with her fourth double-double of the season posting 17 points and 14 rebounds. White added 16 points along with seven boards and Woodard pulled down 10 rebounds while also posting seven points.

Georgetown shot 41.9 percent for the game, and the defense held the Colonels to 31.3 percent shooting from the field. The Blue & Gray outrebounded Nicholls State, 49-32, but had 15 turnovers to NSU's 13.

Georgetown will play in the championship game on Wednesday evening against the host Seawolves from Alaska-Anchorage, who defeated UC-Riverside in a thrilling, double-overtime semifinal game, 83-75. Tipoff is scheduled for 9 p.m. ET. Live stats will be available through the Seawolves' athletic website.



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