Jan. 3, 2014
WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University women's basketball team (6-7, 0-1 BIG EAST) will continue BIG EAST Conference play on Saturday as the squad hosts the Marquette University Golden Eagles at 4 p.m., at McDonough Arena. The Hoyas are looking to rebound after three tough games and a long road swing.
On Wednesday, the Blue & Gray suffered its third-consecutive two-point loss, including the last two in overtime, with a tough 65-63 decision against the Creighton University Bluejays to open BIG EAST Conference play. The lead changed hands for much of the game, and the Hoyas couldn't stop late 3-pointers by the Bluejays.
Freshmen center Natalie Butler (Fairfax Station, Va./Lake Braddock) led the way for Georgetown with her ninth double-double of the season posting 24 points and 13 rebounds. She is among the nation's leaders in double-doubles and has the most of any freshman in the country. Senior forward Andrea White (Lancaster, Va./Lancaster) added 13 points, while freshman forward Faith Woodard (Brandon, Fla./Freedom) had 12. Senior guard Samisha Powell (Virginia Beach, Va./Princess Anne) had a career-best 13 boards.
Leading the way for the Hoyas is Butler with 15.3 ppg as well as a BIG EAST-leading 12.8 rpg. White is second with 14.1 ppg and sophomore guard Katie McCormick (Leonardtown, Md./St. Mary's Ryken) rounds out those in double figures with 10.9 ppg.
The team is outrebounding opponents by 10.0 rpg and shooting 41.1 percent on the season from the field.
Marquette is 10-3 on the season and 1-1 in BIG EAST Conference play after defeating Butler, 61-59, but falling to Villanova, 63-61. The squad has four players in double figures including Katherine Plouffe who is averaging 17.7 ppg as well as 10.8 rpg. Second on the team is Kate Young with 13.0 ppg while Arlesia Morse and Apiew Ojulu round out the top four with 11.1 and 10.0 ppg, respectively.
The Hoyas are 1-7 all-time against the Golden Eagles and 0-5 at home. Last season, Georgetown fell, 51-48, at home after coming back from a 14-point deficit. Sugar Rodgers led all scorers with 21 points and also had four boards as well as four assists and three steals. White added 12 points and nine rebounds along with three steals.
Tipoff is scheduled for 4 p.m., at McDonough Arena. Live stats and a webcast featuring Ryan Sakamoto and GU alum Monica McNutt will be available at www.GUHoyas.com.