Nov. 22, 2013
WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University women's basketball team will host the Princeton University Tigers (2-1) Saturday afternoon at McDonough Arena at 2 p.m. The Hoyas are currently 1-2 on the season after three tough opponents to open the season.
A second-half comeback wasn't enough as the Blue & Gray fell to the South Dakota State Jackrabbits, 86-80, Friday evening in Brookings, S.D. After trailing by as much as 15 at one point in the contest, the Hoyas cut the lead to just two with six minutes to go in the game and kept it a one-two possession contest down to the end, but ran out of time.
Freshman center Natalie Butler (Fairfax Station, Va./Lake Braddock) led the way for the Hoyas with her second double-double scoring 20 points with 13 blocks. She was an impressive 8-of-10 from the field and 4-of-6 at the line. Sophomore guard Katie McCormick (Leonardtown, Md./St. Mary's Ryken) added 18 points fueled by a trio of 3-pointers.
The Blue & Gray shot 45.8 percent from the field, but allowed the Jackrabbits to shoot 50.0 percent. Georgetown held a 42-31 advantage on the boards and tallied four blocks in the contest.
Georgetown outrebounded and outshot No. 10/11 California in an early season cross-country matchup on Sunday. The Hoyas, however, failed to take care of the ball during a 67-52 loss at McDonough Arena.
Butler scored 16 points and grabbed 14 rebounds for her third-consecutive double-double in as many collegiate games, while McCormick added 14 points for Georgetown.
For her efforts, Butler was named the BIG EAST Rookie of the Week on Monday.
Butler is leading the squad in points and rebounds averaging a double-double with 16.3 ppg and 13.7 rpg. McCormick is second with 14.3 ppg and a perfect 9-of-9 at the line. Georgetown has two players averaging double figures, and senior guard Samisha Powell (Virginia Beach, Va./Princess Anne) has tallied 7.7 ppg as well as a team-best 14 assists.
For the second consecutive game the offense shot over 50 percent versus a MAAC opponent resulting in a Princeton women's basketball victory. This time it was a 75-62 win at Rider Tuesday evening in nearby Lawrenceville, N.J.
Despite shooting 70 percent in the first half and finishing at 51.7 percent (31-for-60), it was foul trouble that allowed the Broncs to close in on Princeton's double figure lead at multiple points through the contest. The Tigers committed 25 fouls, as Rider saw nearly half of its points coming from the stripe (25-for-34).
For the third straight game junior Blake Dietrick recorded double digit scoring numbers with a team-high 15 points and added eight rebounds. Kristen Helmstetter notched her second career double-double, finishing with 12 points and matching a game-high with 10 boards. Helmstetter has now scored in double figures in the last two contests.
Georgetown is 2-1 all-time against the Tigers and 1-0 at home. The last meeting was in the first round of the 2011 NCAA Tournament at the University of Maryland in College Park, Md. The Hoyas won, 65-49, as Sugar Rodgers led the way 26 points and eight rebounds. Tia Magee added 14 points and Rubylee Wright had 11.
Tipoff on Saturday at McDonough Arena is at 2 p.m. Fans can listen to Ben Gordon Goldstein on Hoyavision or follow the live stats at www.GUHoyas.com.