Jan. 4, 2014
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WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University women's basketball team (6-8, 0-2 BIG EAST) dropped a heartbreaking two-point, overtime decision to the Marquette University Golden Eagles (11-3, 2-1 BIG EAST), 82-80, in a BIG EAST Conference matchup on Saturday afternoon at McDonough Arena. The young Hoya squad had fewer turnovers and a higher shooting percentage, but late free throws allowed MU to get the win.
"The league is really outstanding, and the BIG EAST is strong which bodes well for women's college basketball," said Georgetown Head Coach Jim Lewis. "We're happy to be a part of that conversation and I have no reservations about where we're going. These high-quality games have prepared us for going on the road in the BIG EAST."
The Golden Eagles jumped out to a quick five-point lead in the overtime period, but the Hoyas continued to fight back as they had all game. Trailing by five with 2:31 remaining, a three-point play by freshman forward Faith Woodard (Brandon, Fla./Freedom) made it 76-74.
MU answered with a pair of free throws, but the Blue & Gray pulled within one on a 3-pointer from sophomore guard Logan Battle (Springfield, Va./West Springfield) who had recently entered the game. Free throws continued to advance the Golden Eagle lead, and it was heroics from sophomore guard Katie McCormick (Leonardtown, Md./St. Mary's Ryken) who tied it at 80 with eight seconds left on a deep trey.
Marquette had one last chance and as Brooklyn Pumroy drove up the court, the Hoya defender was called for a block as she hit the floor. Pumroy's free throws with one second on the clock gave the Golden Eagles the win, 82-80, and the Blue & Gray had no time to counter. Free throws proved to be the difference as Marquette did not hit a field goal from the 3:29 mark on in OT and the squad's final eight points came from the charity stripe.
The game was back and forth from the very beginning until the final five minutes of the first half as GU staged a 5-0 run all from senior forward Andrea White (Lancaster, Va./Lancaster). After leading by as much as 11, the Hoyas went into the break ahead by eight, 36-28.
The Golden Eagles battled back in the second to pull within three, 38-35, at 18:34. From that point on, the Blue & Gray clung to a small lead until 9:14 when MU tied it at 55.
Marquette took the lead, but went up by just three as the Hoyas managed to keep it close. With the score tied at 67 with 2:26 to go, MU made a pair of free throws. The Hoyas came down and freshman guard Jade Martin (Bloomington, Minn./John F. Kennedy) drove the lane. Martin's layup went in with 47 seconds remaining to tie it at 69 and send it into overtime.
GU had four players in double figures led by White with 22 points and 11 rebounds. Butler managed 12 points and 12 rebounds, while Woodard had 11 and McCormick scored 10.
Georgetown shot 48.3 percent from the field and held the Golden Eagles to 39.4 percent shooting. The Blue & Gray forced 16 turnovers on six steals.
"We've been focusing on a saying from Phil Jackson's book that says `keep chopping wood and keep carrying water'," said Lewis. "That's what our players are about, stay together and move forward."
The Hoyas will have a quick turnaround traveling to Cincinnati, Ohio to face Xavier University on Wednesday at 7 p.m. Live stats will be available at www.GUHoyas.com.