Nov. 30, 2014
WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University women's basketball team (2-6) had chances, but couldn't make a small comeback, falling to the College of Holy Cross Crusaders (1-6) on Sunday in the final game of the 2014 Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame Women's Challenge at Mohegan Sun in Uncasville,Conn.
Junior guard Katie McCormick (Leonardtown, Md./St. Mary's Ryken) led the way with 19 points including four 3-pointers. Junior guard Logan Battle (Springfield, Va./West Springfield) and freshman guard Dorothy Adomako (Midlothian, Va./Cosby) rounded out those in double figures with 13 and 10, respectively. Junior forward Dominique Vitalis (Bloomfield, N.J./Gill St. Bernard's) pulled down a game-high 14 boards.
Georgetown was outrebounded, 50-45, and shot 39.1 percent in the contest, while the defense held Holy Cross to 35.9 percent shooting from the field.
The Hoyas opened with a 3-pointer from freshman point guard Justyce Swango (Virginia Beach, Va./Princess Anne), but the Crusaders answered with a 14-2 run to take the 17-7 lead just six minutes into the contest.
Battle then took over the game staging a 6-0 run on her own to cut the lead to four. Unfortunately, a trey by Lisa Mifsud stopped the Georgetown momentum as the team battled to regain the advantage.
A pair of layups by Vitalis cut the lead to three, 22-19, with 7:13 to go in the half, but that would be as close as the Blue & Gray would come as Holy Cross used hot shooting from downtown to go up by as much as nine.
A late jumper in the final minute of play from freshman center Yazmine Belk (Queens, N.Y./Nazareth Regional) made it 36-29 at the break as the Hoyas looked to regroup in the second half.
The GU defense forced 11 Holy Cross turnovers in the first, but were outrebounded, 25-19.
The Blue & Gray opened the second half the same as the first as McCormick sank a 3-pointer to cut it to four. However, the Hoyas could never put a run together as Holy Cross managed to keep it a two or three possession game.
Five minutes into the second half, both teams went ice cold and despite the solid Hoya defense, the squad couldn't capitalize on Crusader miscues on the other end. At 12:20, Belk hit a layup as both teams began to pick it up with points in the paint.
Georgetown battled to get ahead, but every Hoya advance was thwarted by the Crusaders.
With 6:56 remaining, Holy Cross took its largest lead of the game, 63-52. The Blue & Gray didn't get frustrated, fighting back with a 12-2 run as sophomore guard Faith Woodard (Brandon, Fla./Freedom) started it on her own. Woodard entered the game and started with a pair of free throws, added a layup and then hit a free throw to make it 63-57. The Hoyas cut it to one forcing a Holy Cross turnover and Swango hitting a 3-pointer on the other end making the score 65-64 with 3:02 to play.
Foul trouble was an issue for the Blue & Gray as the Crusaders scored at the line, but a layup from Adomako once again cut the lead to one as the seconds ticked away.
Georgetown had one more chance, but couldn't connect and was forced to foul allowing Holy Cross to put the game away. At the final horn, the Hoyas fell, 73-69.
The Hoyas will be back in action on Saturday as the squad travel to Princeton University for a 2 p.m., matchup against the Tigers. Live stats and Princeton's webcast will be available through www.GUHoyas.com.