Jan. 10, 2018
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WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University women's basketball team made a spirited comeback down the stretch, but fell to the Villanova University Wildcats (13-2, 3-2 BIG EAST), 60-58, in a BIG EAST Conference matchup on Wednesday evening at McDonough Arena. With the loss the Hoyas drop to 7-8 overall and 2-3 in league play.
"Villanova is a very well-coached team, and you have to be very disciplined on defense or they'll catch you," said Georgetown Head Coach James Howard. "We need to isolate our guards to get them more shots. It wasn't what they (Villanova) did to us in that second quarter, we just missed shots. We have to hit shots to keep the game close."
Junior guard Dionna White (Baltimore, Md./Milford Mill) led the way with 19 points and five rebounds. She was followed by freshman forward Tatiana Thompson (Winter Haven, Fla./Winter Haven) who tallied 13 points. Senior forward Cynthia Petke (Yaounde, Cameroon/-/Chipola College) led the squad with 13 rebounds and added five steals
The Hoyas were outrebounded, 35-34, and forced Villanova into 13 turnovers while committing just seven. The Wildcats are currently leading the nation in turnovers averaging just 8.9 per game prior to tonight. Georgetown shot 40.0 percent (24-of-60) from the field, but allowed 43.4 percent (23-of-53) shooting, including nine 3-pointers, from 'Nova.
Georgetown jumped out to a 4-0 lead, but the Wildcats came back to tie the game. For the first five minutes, the Hoyas would move ahead by four, and then Villanova would have an answer. A layup from senior guard Mikayla Venson (Arlington, Va./Yorktown) at the 2:23 mark in the first quarter made it 14-10. However, VU's Adrianna Hahn sank a 3-pointer on the next possession to make it a one-point game. Venson hit a jumper the following play, but it was Hahn once again to make a shot to give Georgetown the 16-15 lead.
Villanova opened the second quarter with a 9-1 run. While big plays from Thompson and sophomore Morgan Smith (Upper Marlboro, Md./Riverdale Baptist) stopped the momentum, it was not enough as the Wildcats built the 30-21 lead going into the half.
The Hoyas scored first in the third quarter as Petke sank one of two free throws. However, Villanova made a pair of 3-pointers to go up by 14, 38-24, and force a Georgetown timeout. Georgetown regrouped and cut the deficit to 11, 38-27, on a free throw from White. The 'Cats then drained another 3-pointer, but the momentum still belonged to the Blue & Gray.
White drove the lane followed by two big defensive stops. Venson added a layup of her own to cut it to 10, 41-31, as the teams went into the media timeout. 'Nova had the ball coming out of the timeout, but a big steal from Smith resulted in a layup to make it an eight-point game and a 6-0 GU run.
The Wildcats ended the run with a trey from Hahn, but Georgetown was not going away quietly. At the end of the third, a last-second Hoya jumper was short making it 46-38 in favor of Villanova.
Thompson showed her strength early in the fourth quarter driving to the basket to make it a seven-point game, 47-40. Villanova answered, but Thompson sank a trey to cut it to six. On the next possession, Smith came up with a huge rejection and that was followed by another Thompson 3-pointer to make it a three-point game, 49-46, forcing a Villanova timeout.
The 'Cats moved ahead by seven, but a three-point play from White pulled GU within four. Venson's heads up play gave GU another life on offense and senior guard DiDi Burton (Baltimore, Md./Baltimore City College Prep) took advantage with the scoop layup to make it 56-54, sending the crowd to its feet. Another Wildcat trey would make it a two-possession game, but White was feeling it and drove the left side to make it 59-56.
Despite a defensive stop, Georgetown would not get the tying bucket to fall resulting in the 60-58 final.
The Hoyas will head out on the road for a matchup at St. John's on Friday evening at 7 p.m. The game will be broadcast live on the BIG EAST Digital Network with Dave Popkin and Ralph Bednarczyk calling the action. Live stats will be available at www.GUHoyas.com.
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