Dec. 10, 2013
WASHINGTON - It took a career effort from senior co-captain Andrea White (Lancaster, Va../Lancaster), but the Georgetown University women's basketball squad managed to hold on to defeat the Yale University Bulldogs (4-6), 66-65, Tuesday evening in New Haven, Conn. White scored a career-high 28 points and added 12 rebounds as the Blue & Gray improved to 6-3 on the season.
"It was obviously a very competitive and exciting game with a team that played extremely well at home," said Georgetown Head Coach Jim Lewis. "Our team is led by one of the best power forwards in the country and she showed that tonight. Andrea White is special, it's not just her scoring, it's her poise and playmaking that separates her from the others."
Georgetown jumped out to an early lead, but 3-pointers kept the Bulldogs in the game. With GU leading 16-12 on a layup by senior co-captain Samisha Powell (Virginia Beach, Va./Princess Anne), Yale staged a 9-0 run to take its first lead of the contest, 21-16, at 8:38.
Sophomore forward Dominique Vitalis (Bloomfield, N.J./Gill St. Bernard's) stopped the run with a layup sparking a 15-0 Hoya run to take a 9-point lead. The run included five points from White and four by freshman center Natalie Butler (Fairfax Station, Va./Lake Braddock).
The Bulldogs tried to come back, but a last-second bucket from Butler made it 32-26 at the break.
Georgetown came out in control in the second half and Yale attempted to answer from long range. A pair of 3-pointers kept it a two-possession game and at 16:15, Sarah Halejan hit a layup to make it 38-36. An 8-2 Georgetown run including five points by White pushed the lead to eight, 46-38.
The Blue & Gray led by as much as 12 with eight minutes remaining, but Yale wasn't backing down. A 7-1 run spanning three minutes pulled the Bulldogs within six, 59-53.
From that point on, it was up to Georgetown to hold on as Yale tried to find the answer. A jumper by sophomore guard Katie McCormick (Leonardtown, Md./St. Mary's Ryken) at 2:17 gave the Hoyas the eight-point lead as the Bulldogs fought back. In the final minutes, Yale staged a 7-0 run but it wasn't enough as the Blue & Gray held on to win, 66-65.
White's 28 was a career best for the forward and her 12 boards were one shy of her career high. It also marked the sixth double-double of her career on the Hilltop. White had the complete game with three assists, two steals and a block. Butler managed 15 points and 11 rebounds as well as three blocked shots.
The Hoyas shot 51.0 percent from the field and held the Bulldogs to 36.5 percent shooting. Georgetown also outrebounded them, 46-27.
"I thought Jade Martin and Tyshell King came in and did excellent defensive jobs on their top scorers," said Lewis. "Those two freshmen showed the kind of tenacity on defense that belies their youthful status in school."
Georgetown will take a break for final exams and be back in action at the Puerto Rico Classic on December 20 in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The Hoyas will face Michigan State in the first game and Western Kentucky the following day.