WOMEN'S BASKETBALL | GU’s Season Can Still Be Salvaged
Published: Tuesday, January 28, 2014
Updated: Tuesday, January 28, 2014 02:01
From its earliest days, the Georgetown women’s basketball season has been plagued by uncertainty. The squad began practicing in October having to deal with the departure of star shooting guard Sugar Rodgers to the WNBA and the arrival of a new head coach.
Nevertheless, Georgetown was predicted to finish sixth in the reformatted Big East, an improvement upon the team’s 11th place finish last season. Despite these expectations, the Hoyas have struggled to a 7-13 record and are 1-7 in conference play. Georgetown is in the midst of a four-game losing streak and has lost 10 of its last 11 games.
“The resilience of coming back from a two-point loss, or an overtime loss, a 15-point loss or even the win over Butler are all relative to the types of individuals … we are blessed to coach,” Head Coach Jim Lewis said. “There is no shortage of character and leadership and will and want to in our locker room with these 11 strong women.”
Undoubtedly, the Hoyas are a young, inexperienced team. They entered the season with five freshmen, three sophomores and three senior walk-ons. The roster has also experienced continuous change over the course of the season. Freshman guard Shayla Cooper transferred after two games. Senior guard and walk-on Kelly Comolli returned to the Georgetown women’s tennis team. Senior guard and walk-on Kelyn Freedman returned to the Georgetown women’s lacrosse team.
“Kelyn and Kelly have not been with our team since the second game of January,” Lewis said. “We knew from day one that they had these obligations and this would be the time frame. It was a blessing to have them, but now we have to move on with the 11 players [who] are actually active on our roster.”
The Hoyas’ youth is not meant to discount a team’s performance. Individually, and at times as team, they have had shining moments. Freshman center Natalie Butler has consistently impressed: She is averaging a double-double with 14.6 points a game and 13.1 rebounds a game. Freshman forward Faith Woodard has fared well offensively, especially in Big East play, scoring an average of 10.6 points a game. Meanwhile freshman guards Jade Martin and Tyshell King have each earned themselves starting spots.
However, Georgetown’s roster changes and youth have prevented the team from having a consistent starting five. Nine different players have started at least one game for the Blue and Gray this year. Of those nine, only Butler and senior forward and co-captain Andrea White have started all 20 games for the Hoyas.
In Georgetown’s most recent game, a 63-60 loss at the hands of St. John’s, the Hoyas debuted yet another new starting lineup. Noticeably absent from the lineup was guard and co-captain Samisha Powell — it was the first time Powell did not start this season. Sophomore guard Katie McCormick also was absent from the starting lineup. She missed the game due to an injury, according to Lewis.