Women's Basketball Defeats Cross-Town Rival George Washington

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Dec. 3, 2013

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WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University women's basketball squad downed cross-town rival George Washington University (4-3), 78-57, Tuesday evening at McDonough Arena. The Blue & Gray had five in double figures as the Hoyas improved to 5-2 overall.

"GW's a good team and you're not going to go out there a shut them out or run up the score," said Georgetown Head Coach Jim Lewis. "We had a game plan that we executed well and I thought it was a good team effort tonight."

The squads were close through the first 10 minutes of the game as neither could gain a major advantage. The difference came at 8:52 when a free throw by freshman forward Faith Woodard (Brandon, Fla./Freedom) sparked an 11-1 run spanning more than two minutes with a number of GU contributors.

From that point on, the Hoyas kept the deficit nine or more as the squad went into the half leading, 36-25.

A 3-pointer from sophomore guard Katie McCormick (Leonardtown, Md./St. Mary's Ryken) opened the second half as the Blue & Gray continued where they left off. A 15-2 run built the lead to 26 including seven points from McCormick, three coming from another trey.

The Colonials battled to come back and cut it to 15 on a number of occasions, but the Hoyas were too much as they held on to a comfortable lead.

Georgetown managed the 78-57 victory making its fourth in a row of the season.

The Blue & Gray had five players in double figures with freshman center Natalie Butler (Fairfax Station, Va./Lake Braddock) leading the way with 17. Senior co-captain Andrea White (Lancaster, Va./Lancaster) posted her second consecutive double-double with 15 points and a team-high 13 rebounds.

McCormick had 15 going 3-of-7 from beyond the arc and Woodard managed 13 points, 9 rebounds and a 7-of-9 performance at the line. Rounding out the top scorers was senior co-captain Samisha Powell (Virginia Beach, Va./Princess Anne) with 12 points and four assists.

"We have two great senior leaders in co-captains Andrea White and Samish Powell," said Lewis. "Andrea had 15 points and 13 rebounds and she's doing what we expect from her. Samisha probably has floor burns all over her body because she's diving everywhere, she's fearless. That's what you need in senior leadership with a young team."

The Hoyas shot 44.6 percent for the game and outrebounded the Colonials, 54-40. GW shot 28.8 percent from the field and had just two players in double figures with Caira Washington and Megan Nipe both posting 13 points apiece.

Georgetown had 18 turnovers which was one of the lowest totals of the season.

"We're a work in progress," said Lewis. "The first question Jade Martin asked when we got in the locker room was how many turnovers we had because the team understands how critical it is to get that number down. I was happy they recognized the importance of that stat."

Georgetown will be back in action on Sunday as the squad hosts No. 10/11 Penn State at McDonough Arena at 2 p.m. Live stats and a webcast will be available at www.GUHoyas.com.

 

 

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