Dec. 20, 2013
SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO - The Georgetown University women's basketball team was right there, but couldn't find a way to win in a 67-54 loss to the Michigan State University Spartans (7-5) Friday afternoon in San Juan, Puerto Rico at the Puerto Rico Classic. The Blue & Gray had three in double figures, but couldn't stop a late Spartan run to fall to 6-4 on the season.
"We fought hard today, but we didn't get a lot of consistent production," said Georgetown Head Coach Jim Lewis. "Andrea (White), Katie (McCormick) and Faith (Woodard) really stepped it up in the second half, but we couldn't get the consistent consecutive stops that we needed."
The Spartans jumped out to an 8-0 lead, but Georgetown battled back and kept the deficit under 10. At 9:34 and trailing by eight, a pair of free throws by senior forward Andrea White (Lancaster, Va./Lancaster) sparked a 5-0 run including a big 3-pointer by sophomore guard Katie McCormick (Leonardtown, Md./St. Mary's Ryken) to cap it off.
MSU answered with a bucket, but Georgetown came back posting a 7-0 run. Freshman forward Faith Woodard (Brandon, Fla./Freedom) converted back-to-back three-point plays and McCormick added a free throw to make it 21-19 with 5:10 remaining.
The Hoya lead was short lived, however, as the Spartans came roaring back to score four quick points and end the half leading, 36-27.
In the second half, the Hoyas battled back from a seven-point deficit with a 6-0 run spanning three minutes. McCormick posted four points on the run to cut the lead to one, 38-37, at the 14:06 mark.
The Blue & Gray kept the game within reach, but couldn't stop the Spartans who were hitting from long range as well as finding baskets in transition. Late in the half, MSU managed to gain a 12-point lead as the Hoya offense stalled.
Forced to foul in the final minutes, Georgetown was unable to find the comeback resulting in the 67-54 loss.
McCormick led the way with 16 points, while White added another double-double managing 14 points and 12 rebounds. Freshmen also contributed as Woodard had 12 points and center Natalie Butler (Fairfax Station, Va./Lake Braddock) posted 12 boards.
Both squads pulled down 37 rebounds and GU had 15 turnovers while forcing 14 on the Spartans' end. The Hoyas hit 31.7 percent from the field, and MSU shot 43.1 percent for the game.
Michigan State had four players in double figures including 14 from Aerial Powers.
"Michigan State is a good team that hurt us in a number of areas, but our players are getting better and are learning how to fight through situations with mental toughness," said Lewis.
The Hoyas will face the Lady Toppers of Western Kentucky University on Saturday at noon ET. WKU defeated Belmont University earlier in the day on Friday. Live audio will be available through Georgetown's athletic website.