Nov. 14, 2013
WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University women's basketball squad (1-0) will make a trip to Brookings, S.D., to face the South Dakota State University Jackrabbits on Friday evening in an 8 p.m. ET matchup at Frost Arena. The contest will be streamed live through the SDSU athletic website.
The Hoyas had five players in double figures, including three freshmen, in its season opening victory over the University of Richmond Friday evening at McDonough Arena. In Head Coach Jim Lewis' debut, the squad posted the 82-78 victory to move to 1-0 on the year.
Freshman forward Shayla Cooper (Norcross, Ga./Norcross) led the way with 17 points, while senior guard Samisha Powell (Virginia Beach, Va./Princess Anne) added 15 and freshman center Natalie Butler (Fairfax Station, Va./Lake Braddock) posted the double-double in her first-career game with 13 points and as many boards. Powell also had eight assists and five steals in the contest. The Hoyas shot 50 percent from the field and 50 percent from three, holding the Spiders to just 31.3 percent from the field and 28.6 percent from beyond the arc. Richmond narrowly outrebounded Georgetown, 49-46, but the Blue & Gray posted an impressive 14 blocks including five from Butler.
Currently leading the way for the Hoyas is Cooper. The forward is averaging 17.0 ppg, while Butler has pulled down 13.0 rpg. Butler also has five blocks on the season and Powell has managed eight assists.
South Dakota State fell to BIG EAST member Creighton, 68-63, Tuesday at D.J. Sokol Arena. The Jacks (0-2) were led by senior Steph Paluch as she scored 17 points. Junior Mariah Clarin added 12 points while junior Megan Waytashek recorded 11 points.
The last meeting was a season ago in Washington, D.C., at McDonough Arena. The Hoyas fell, 64-58, despite leading by a point at halftime. Sugar Rodgers led the way with 31 points, while Andrea White (Lancaster, Va./Lancaster) pulled down 12 boards. The Blue & Gray forced 29 turnovers in the game.
Tipoff is scheduled for 8 p.m. ET, at Frost Arena on Friday. Live stats and a webcast will be available through SDSU's athletic website.