Dec. 9, 2014
WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University women's basketball squad lost to the George Washington University Colonials (7-2), 72-60, Tuesday evening at the Smith Center in a crosstown battle. The Hoyas were in it much of the way, but couldn't hold on in the end to fall to 2-8 on the year.
"You have to praise your team when they're working hard, and I thought we fought, but there are still some things we need to work on," said Georgetown Head Coach Natasha Adair. "If your team is still hungry and your team is still fighting and they're fighting to the end, as a coach you're proud of that."
Sophomore guard Faith Woodard (Brandon, Fla./Freedom) led the way with 15 points and nine rebounds, while junior forward Dominique Vitalis (Bloomfield, N.J./Gill St. Bernard's) added 14 points and six boards. Junior guard Brittany Horne (Carmel, N.Y./Carmel) rounded out those in double figures with 14 points in the contest.
Georgetown was outrebounded, 54-38, but shot 39.4 percent from the field. The defense held GW to 38.2 percent shooting and forced 19 Colonial turnovers.
George Washington opened with eight-straight points from Hannah Schaible. However, the Hoyas answered by going inside to cut it to one, 10-9, on a layup from Vitalis. The squads played at a furious pace with both forcing turnovers on defense, but the difference was on the boards as GW held a slight advantage.
It remained a one-possession game as the Hoya defense was solid despite a lack of scoring from either side. It took extra effort and hustle plays for GU to keep it close and look for an opportunity to take a lead. Vitalis banked in a shot to tie it at 15, but the Colonials answered right back.
The game got even quicker as both teams wanted to score in transition, but the key was Vitalis who scored down low and rebounded on the other end. Georgetown finally took the lead on a layup by Woodard to make it 25-24 with four minutes to go, but on the next possession GW knocked down a 3-pointer to keep the Blue & Gray at bay.
Woodard tied it up at 29 on a pair of free throws in the closing minute, but it wouldn't stand as two free throws and a last-second 3-pointer made it 34-29 at the break.
The Colonials opened the second with a 10-2 run and moved ahead by 13 for their largest lead of the contest to that point. Junior guard Katie McCormick (Leonardtown, Md./St. Mary's Ryken) ended the run getting her own rebound and a put back, but the Hoyas had an uphill battle.
Trailing by 14, Horne nailed a 3-pointer and Woodard picked up a loose ball for the layup. A turnover gave Horne another bucket as the momentum shifted to Georgetown. Moments later, Woodard hit a layup to make it 49-44 as the Hoyas were rolling and within striking distance.
An 11-2 GW run shut down the Hoya momentum with Jonquel Jones tallying nine of GW's 11 points. Transition baskets from Woodard and Horne made it 60-50 with seven minutes remaining in the game. Despite the Hoyas' fight, every move forward was met with an answer by the Colonials.
In the closing minutes, Georgetown couldn't come back as the Blue & Gray fell 72-60.
The squad will be back at home on Saturday as Georgetown hosts the Memphis University Tigers at McDonough Arena at noon. The game will be broadcast live on the BIG EAST Digital Network with Ryan Sakamoto and Ben Gordon-Goldstein calling the action. Live stats will also be available at www.GUHoyas.com.