One game saw the Hoyas down 20 at the half; in the other, they were just one field goal from a tie at the same point. But both of this week’s road games ended up putting the same letter in the loss column for the Georgetown women’s basketball team, as it fell 89-68 to Louisville and 65-54 to West Virginia.

“It’s been tough playing on other people’s home floor,” Georgetown Head Coach Terri Williams-Flournoy said.

Cardinal junior center Jazz Covington welcomed Georgetown to Louisville with a 29-point, 12-for-12 performance on Wednesday night. Her perfect shooting – she also went 5-for-5 from the free-throw line – added up to a team-high scoring performance in a single game this year for the Cardinals (13-3, 4-1).

“It was good to see Jazz have another break out game. Any kid that goes 12-12, maybe she needs to have 20 shots instead of 12,” Louisville Head Coach Tom Collen said in a press release.

Louisville broke the game open with a 19-7 run late in the first half. At the break, the Cardinals were up 45-25.

Georgetown was never able to take the lead away from Louisville, but the Hoyas put up a fresh effort coming out of the locker room. They went on an 18-4 run, coming nine points within the Cardinals. But Covington turned on her engines to score 18 of her points in the second half.

“We didn’t do a good job of getting [Covington] the ball early, but we did eventually get it in to her. Then she just went out and worked and got some off the offensive glass, and that’s a big difference maker,” Collen said. “That builds her confidence. Our plan was to get it to her all night long.”

Louisville went on to stretch its lead back out into double-digits within a couple of minutes and held firm control of the game throughout the last 10 minutes.

On the game, the Cardinals had a 52-30 advantage in points in the paint. They also had a 38-33 edge in rebounding over the Hoyas.

Despite the loss, Georgetown freshman center Katrina Wheeler came up big with 19 points and 11 rebounds to tally her fifth double-double of the year.

“She’s adjusting. You know, by the second semester you’re no longer that new freshman,” Williams-Flournoy said. “They get a little bit more comfortable with the game, and I think that’s pretty much where she has fallen into right now.”

Senior guard Bethany LeSueur contributed 17 points as well.

Wheeler’s fourth double-double of the year came in the West Virginia game, as she collected 11 points and 12 boards.

The Mountaineers (10-4, 3-1) got off to a quick start on a 17-7 run sparked by star junior guard Meg Bulger. But the Hoyas composed themselves to put together a 16-6 run, cutting the Mountaineer lead to two points at the halftime buzzer.

“I thought we came out hard and then went a little flat when we got the lead,” West Virginia Head Coach Mike Carey said in a press release.

When Bulger had to come out early in the second half due to foul trouble, Georgetown had a chance to run away with the game. The Hoyas began to chip away at the Mountaineers, going up 44-42 with 14:48 left.

“Give Georgetown credit. They did a good job and they took it right at us,” Carey said. “We were standing flat footed a little bit and got into foul trouble. I think they baited eg a little bit, and she went for it.”

But then the Hoyas froze, unable to score for over six minutes.

That’s when Bulger’s replacement, sophomore guard LaQuita Owens, stepped up to fill her shoes, scoring eight straight points. She went on to score 14, a career-high, in the game.

“That’s just too long to go without being able to score,” Williams-Flournoy said.

Georgetown cannot afford to have such long scoring draughts when No. 24 Notre Dame comes to McDonough Gymnasium tomorrow.

“Notre Dame, they’ll switch up defenses,” Williams-Flournoy said. “We’ve got to make sure we’re making the right calls and the right plays when they’re switching up defenses.”

But Williams-Flournoy said that she feels that the Hoyas are playing better overall.

“Offensively wise, we found some offenses that have worked well and that [the players] feel comfortable running,” she said, but added that “rebounding is still one of our major weaknesses.”

With the men’s team playing No. 1 Duke a few hours before the women face Georgetown’s biggest Catholic rival, Saturday will be one of the biggest days of the year for Hoya fans. Tip-off against Notre Dame is at 4 p.m.

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