WOMEN'S BASKETBALL | Last-Second Win for Pirates
Published: Thursday, February 13, 2014
Updated: Thursday, February 13, 2014 23:02
With six seconds remaining in the game, the Georgetown women’s basketball team had the opportunity to defeat Seton Hall (14-9, 5-7 Big East). The Hoyas (8-17, 2-11 Big East) were down 72-71 but had possession of the ball with time for one final shot. Freshman forward Faith Woodard got a shot off, but the would-be, game-winning jumper rimmed out as time expired.
“All 40 minutes were significant — every play,” Head Coach Jim Lewis said. “Not just the last shot that went in or didn’t go in.”
Wednesday’s game — which was started eight hours early because of the winter storm threat — was Georgetown’s to win. They led by as many as 13 points and had a seven-point advantage with less than three minutes remaining in the game. But the Hoyas were unable to finish the game strongly, committing costly turnovers and missing key free throws.
“We were in the bonus and needed to make free throws but we didn’t,” Lewis said. “We took some ill-advised shots that we didn’t need to take. It is easy to shoot a jump shot, but it’s not always smart to take the jump shot.”
Seton Hall took advantage of these miscues and with 10 seconds remaining, took the lead on a layup by junior forward Bra’Shey Ali.
“We lacked interior defense [in the closing minutes],” Lewis said. “This started from dribble penetration from the perimeter; so it is not just a center or a forward — it is the entire team.”
At the end of the first half the Hoyas held a 35-27 advantage, as the Georgetown defense played with a lot of energy and shut down the Seton Hall offense. The Pirates responded in the second half, though, and dominated inside. They penetrated the seams in the Hoyas’ defense, which gave them easy layup opportunities.
Seton Hall also outrebounded the Hoyas 20-14 in the second half. The Pirates’ second-half offensive rebounds led to 12 second-chance points while the Hoyas only managed five second-chance points.
“We knew rebounding would be the telling factor in the game,” Lewis said. “Rebounding is not about athleticism. It is not about who can jump the highest; it is about fundamentals. We missed too many fundamental block outs which allowed them to get offensive rebounds.”
Throughout the game, the Pirates defense overwhelmed the Hoyas. They forced 19 Georgetown turnovers and had nine steals.
“Seton Hall, to their credit, is good at what they do — pressure and stealing the ball,” Lewis said. “They are number one in the conference in steals.”
Sophomore forward Logan Battle had a breakout game for the Hoyas, scoring 17 points on 7-of-9 shooting off the bench.
“Logan has worked hard to come back from the injury,” Lewis said. “Logan is really not a typical player. Her basketball personality is one of poise and composure. She was productive today in the way that she can play the game as we all know, and we need to have that from her consistently. Today she got into her rhythm and was very good.”
Georgetown had three other scorers in double figures — senior co-captain and forward Andrea White, freshman center Natalie Butler and freshman forward Faith Woodard. Butler recorded another double-double scoring 17 points and grabbing 12 rebounds, but only managed one point in the final 14:30 of the secondhalf. White finished with 15 points while Woodard had 10.
Seton Hall had three players in double figures. Sophomore forward Tabatha Richardson-Smith led all scorers with 18 points. Senior forward Janee Johnson had 12 points and junior guard Ka-Deidre Simmons had 14 points.
With the loss, the Hoyas fall to 8-17 on the season and 2-11 in the Big East. Georgetown will return to the court Feb. 15 when it takes on Butler in Indianapolis. In the teams’ last meeting Jan. 11, Georgetown stormed back from a 19-point deficit to down Butler 85-79. White led the Hoyas with 25 points and 10 rebounds while Butler sophomore guard Blaire Langlois had 19 points on 6-of-9 shooting in the last meeting.
Since that game, the Hoyas have sputtered. They have only managed one win — last Saturday against Xavier. Meanwhile, Butler has gone 4-4, which includes two three-point losses to No. 24 St. John’s.
The Hoyas will look to win their third Big East game Saturday. Tipoff is scheduled for 2 p.m.
“We keep finding out more and more about ourselves.” Lewis said. “We’re much better than anyone knows, ourselves included.”