Nov. 17, 2013
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WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University women's basketball team outrebounded and outshot No. 10/11 California (2-2) in an early season cross-country matchup. The Hoyas, however, failed to take care of the ball during a 67-52 loss Sunday at McDonough Arena. The loss dropped the Blue & Gray to 1-2 overall.
"The pressure should not have caused that much of a problem," Georgetown Head Coach Jim Lewis said of Cal's defensive pressure. "Too many unforced turnovers, and they were live turnovers."
Despite the Hoyas looking strong early, Cal broke the game open with a 19-4 run in the first half that gave it a 28-11 advantage. The spurt included three fastbreak layups created by its defense.
With 5:42 remaining in the half, Georgetown gained momentum with an 8-0 run sparked by a jumper from sophomore guard Katie McCormick (Leonardtown, Md./St. Mary's Ryken). As the Golden Bears fought to hold a double-digit lead, McCormick continued to be a difference maker pulling the Hoyas within eight, 32-24, on a 3-pointer late in the half.
Georgetown went into the break trailing by 10, 34-24.
The Blue & Gray came out ready to make a comeback in the second half, but the stingy Bear defense found a way to keep GU at arm's length. With the Hoyas trailing by nine at 15:08, Cal staged a 6-0 run to make it 15. From that point on, the Bears had the opportunity to run away with it, however, the young Georgetown squad didn't give up that easily.
The Hoyas continued to push and began to get stops with layups on the other end. Unfortunately, it wasn't enough as Cal found a way to maintain a sizable advantage.
At the final horn, the score was 67-52 in favor of Cal.
Freshman center Natalie Butler (Fairfax Station, Va./Lake Braddock) 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.
The Hoyas outrebounded California, 41-31, and held the shooting advantage hitting 38.6 percent from the field while hold Cal to 35.5 percent shooting. However, the difference was a 28-10 turnover differential that the Golden Bears turned into 40 points.
"We're still a work in progress, but great kids to work with and that's the bottom line," Lewis said. "They want to get better. We are getting better."
Georgetown will have the week off before the squad hosts Princeton University on Saturday at McDonough Arena at 2 p.m. Hoyavision will be available or fans can follow the live stats at www.GUHoyas.com.