Nov. 24, 2017
WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University women's basketball team dropped a 60-40 decision to the Auburn Tigers (3-1) Friday evening at the Nashville Municipal Auditorium in the first game of the Challenge in Music City. The Hoyas hung around for the first three quarters, but a late run was too much to overcome to drop to 2-2 on the season.
"For the second-straight game, I was proud we didn't quit in the end and we continued to fight. We're still a work in progress, and when you're playing teams with NCAA Tournament experience, it's a test to see where we are in a young season," said Georgetown Head Coach James Howard. "We're learning a lot about ourselves early on, playing veteran teams. There are things we need to get better at, and we need to continue to stay together as a team."
Senior guard Mikayla Venson (Arlington, Va./Yorktown) was the lone Hoya in double figures with 19 points hitting 5-for-10 from beyond the arc. Junior guard Dionna White (Baltimore, Md./Milford Mill) pulled down a squad-high seven rebounds and also had seven points in the contest.
The Hoyas were outrebounded, 37-25, and shot just 29.2 percent (14-for-48) in the game. Auburn hit 51.0 percent (26-for-51) with four players in double figures.
The Hoyas hit the first bucket of the game, and despite the high-pressure defense from Auburn, GU managed to find points off of the break taking the 11-6 lead on a pair of free throws from senior forward Cynthia Petke (Yaounde, Cameroon/-/Chipola) and a layup through traffic by White. Auburn answered back to tie it up and then take the lead, but the Hoyas battled to keep it close. It was a four-point game, 15-11, at the end of the first.
A 7-1 Tiger run opened the second quarter forcing Georgetown to call a timeout. The Hoyas staged a 6-0 run fueled by a 3-pointer from Venson to cut the lead to three, 24-21. Auburn would add three more before the end of the half to make it 27-21 at the break.
A trey from Venson cut the lead to three early in the third quarter to make it a one-possession game. Auburn nailed a pair of free throws and a layup in transition, but Venson answered with a runner on the baseline. Looking at a seven-point deficit, 35-28, Petke drew the foul and knocked down both free throws. That would be as close as the Blue & Gray would get as Auburn closed out the period with a 10-0 run including a buzzer beater to make it 45-30.
The Hoyas ran out of gas in in the fourth. Even a scoring spurt from Venson wasn't enough as GU eventually fell, 60-40.
The Hoyas will be back in action on Saturday in the second game of the Challenge in Music City facing the Chattanooga Mocs at 7:30 p.m. Live stats and a radio broadcast will be available at www.GUHoyas.com.