Dec. 08, 2013
WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University women's basketball team had its comeback fall short in a 77-68 loss to the Penn State University Lady Lions (6-2) Sunday afternoon at McDonough Arena. The Hoyas battled back from a 19-point deficit to cut it to five, but couldn't get any closer to fall to 5-3 on the season against its second ranked opponent of the season.
"I love the fight in our team, the concern tonight was, after coming off our most complete game against GW on Tuesday, we wouldn't have the same level of consistency and that's what we're striving for," said Georgetown Head Coach Jim Lewis.
Sophomore shooting guard Katie McCormick (Leonardtown, Md./St. Mary's Ryken) scored all of her 17 points in the second half and helped Georgetown mount a late comeback that fell short. After missing all five of her shots in the first half, McCormick made five 3-pointers in the second half for the Hoyas. Freshman center Natalie Butler (Fairfax Station, Va./Lake Braddock) added 13 points and nine rebounds.
Both teams struggled from the field in the first half, with Penn State shooting 21 percent and Georgetown 23 percent.
The Blue & Gray took a lead at 12:10 on a free throw from sophomore forward Dominique Vitalis (Bloomfield, N.J./Gill St. Bernard's). A 6-0 run by the Lady Lions gave them back the lead, but the Hoyas managed to keep it close.
Georgetown finished out the remainder of the half in a one-or-two possession game going into the break trailing, 28-25.
While the Hoyas' offensive struggles continued into the second half, the Lady Lions hit 12 of their first 15 shots to begin the half and used a 13-3 run midway through the half to take a 56-37 lead.
Georgetown responded with a 10-0 run to get back in the game, and cut it to 66-61 on Butler's layup with 2:05 left. But Maggie Lucas hit a driving layup on the following possession and the Lady Lions made 8-of-10 free throws in the last two minutes to seal the victory, 77-68.
McCormick led way with 17 points and Butler added 12, while freshman forward Faith Woodard (Brandon, Fla./Freedom) added 10. Butler posted nine boards and senior forward Andrea White (Lancaster, Va./Lancaster) managed five assists as well as seven steals.
GU was outrebounded, 46-41, and shot just 33.3 percent in the contest, the Lady Lions hit 40.7 percent from the field.
"We're a team that has found an identity in more than one way," said Lewis. "I think we feel comfortable with our defensive schemes, but the most impressive thing to me is our fight and our competitive spirit which we really showed tonight."
Lucas scored 30 points and topped 2,000 for her career to lead Penn State. She finished the game with 2,008 career points to pass Tanisha Wright for fifth place on the school's scoring list.
Georgetown will be back in action at Yale University on Tuesday evening at 7 p.m. Live stats and a webcast will be available at the Bulldogs athletic website.