Nov. 27, 2013
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WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University women's basketball team (4-2) took home the Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout Championship Wednesday evening with a 92-78 victory over the host Seawolves of the University of Alaska-Anchorage (5-1) at Sullivan Arena in Anchorage, Alaska. Additionally, senior forward Andrea White (Lancaster, Va./Lancaster) was named the Most Outstanding Player of the tournament after a pair of outstanding performances.
White, freshman center Natalie Butler (Fairfax Station, Va./Lake Braddock) and sophomore guard Katie McCormick (Leonardtown, Md./St. Mary's Ryken) were all named to the Great Alaska Shootout All-Tournament Team. Following Tuesday's contest, Butler received player of the game honors. Her 35 total rebounds over two games broke the previous tournament record of 29 set in 1980 and 2011.
"We're very excited for our players to be able to represent the University in front of some Georgetown alums and display the growth that we are expecting from them," said Georgetown Head Coach Jim Lewis. "It's a young season so far, but we really can see improvement from day to day. We're led by two outstanding senior co-captains in Samisha Powell and Andrea White and when you have leaders like that, everyone else follows suit. We're excited to be the champions."
The Hoyas opened with a quick lead thanks to a bucket from White on the opening possession. Scouting from the previous night's game, UAA answered with looks on the perimeter tying it at five.
That would be the Seawolves only opportunity early in the game, as the Hoyas staged a 6-0 run spanning five minutes to make it 11-5. The squads continued to stay close with a four-point Georgetown advantage holding steady for the next few minutes.
At the nine-minute mark, Alaska-Anchorage took its first lead of the game on back-to-back baskets by Jessica Madison. White tied it right back up with a layup and Butler added points in the paint to once again put the Blue & Gray on top, 20-18. Free throws played an important role for the Hoyas as each UAA advance was thwarted thanks to points from the charity stripe.
At 4:18, another 3-pointer from the Seawolves tied it at 24, but White once again had the answer with a jumper less than a minute later.
Down the stretch, the Hoyas managed to pull away with an 11-0 run to close out the half including six points from freshman forward Faith Woodard (Brandon, Fla./Freedom). Georgetown went into the break leading, 39-27.
An 11-4 Hoya run opened the second half including five-consecutive points from McCormick. Looking at a 19-point deficit, the Seawolves tried to battle back but they were no match for the Blue & Gray.
The Hoyas maintained a double-digit lead throughout the second half and even late UAA 3-pointers weren't enough. Back-to-back layups from McCormick and Woodard made it 75-55 with 9:29 remaining in the game.
From that point on, Georgetown cruised to victory and the tournament championship with the 92-78 final.
Four players scored in double figures for the Hoyas with White leading the way for her fourth-career double-double with 23 points and 11 rebounds. For her efforts she was named the player of the game.
Butler posted 18 points and a team-high 21 boards, which was one shy of tying the program record. Woodard had 18 points and eight rebounds, while McCormick added 14 points and a pair of 3-pointers.
Georgetown shot 48.4 percent in the game holding UAA to 31.9 percent shooting from the field. The Hoyas also outrebounded Alaska-Anchorage, 59-33.
The win was also significant as Georgetown handed the Seawolves their first loss of the 2013-14 season.
The Hoyas will host cross-town rival George Washington University on Tuesday evening at McDonough Arena. Tipoff is scheduled for 8 p.m. Live stats and a webcast will be available at www.GUHoyas.com.