WOMEN'S BASKETBALL | Three-Pointers Fuel Creighton’s Victory
Published: Friday, February 7, 2014
Updated: Friday, February 7, 2014 00:02
After keeping up with Creighton (14-9, 8-3 Big East) for the first half, the Georgetown women’s basketball team fell to the Bluejays 75-61 Wednesday night. The Hoyas (7-16, 1-10 Big East) have struggled since Big East play began; and the loss marked their second to Creighton this season.
For Head Coach Jim Lewis, lack of consistency was the primary issue Wednesday.
“At a couple of stages, we had really good stops and run-outs, with back-to-back fast break layups by [freshman forward] Faith Woodard in the first half,” Lewis said. “But we didn’t have anywhere close to the kind of consistency that we needed.”
Georgetown trailed Creighton for most of the first half, but not by much. With 9:20 left in the half, a layup by Woodard brought the Hoyas within two points, and 18 seconds later a second Woodard layup tied the game at 17. However, Creighton responded with a 15-5 run, drawing the score to 32-22 with 2:13 left in the half. Georgetown then came back with a 6-0 run to enter halftime only down by four.
In the first half, the Hoyas shot 46.2 percent from the field while the Bluejays shot 41.9 percent. Creighton relied on three-point shooting to open up its lead, making 6-of-17 attempts from behind the arc, while Georgetown only took six three-point shots the entire half, making just one of them.
In the second half, Georgetown began to fall victim to a familiar ailment — turnovers. Throughout the half Creighton was able to take advantage, scoring 11 points off of Georgetown turnovers. Within the first five minutes of the start of the second, the Bluejays’ lead had doubled from four to eight.
Creighton was led by sophomore guard Marissa Janning, who leads the Big East in scoring.
“It was our inability to find and stop Janning, who just had a terrific game,” Lewis said. “She’s a very good basketball player — slick lefty, good outside shooting, get-to-the-foul-line kind of player. She hurt us. She really carried their team. We just didn’t have the kind of defensive stops.”
Janning ended the game with 38 points on 13-of-23 shooting. The sophomore hit five of her nine three-point attempts and grabbed nine rebounds. Janning’s output — which is tied for the highest in the Big East this season — accounted for more than half of Creighton’s 75 points.
With 14:53 left, Georgetown’s senior co-captain and forward Andrea White finished a three-point play to drop the Creighton lead to five. The Bluejays regrouped and came back strong, outscoring the Hoyas 10 to five to regain a 10-point lead with a score of 50-40.
Once again however, Georgetown started chipping away at that lead, going on a 9-2 run to cut the deficit to three with 6:38 left in the game.
The Bluejays were able to answer again, though, pulling ahead to another 10-point lead with four minutes left. With 1:24 remaining in the half, a jumper from Woodard cut the lead to five, bringing the score to 66-61.
Georgetown couldn’t keep up the momentum though, and Creighton ended the game with a 9-0 run for a final score of 75-61.
As it had in the first half, Creighton dominated the three-point line, making 41.7 percent of its shots to Georgetown’s 14.3 percent. Meanwhile, the Hoyas held the slight advantage in rebounds, outrebounding the Bluejays 37-35.
White led the Hoyas with 17 points and seven rebounds, followed by freshman center Natalie Butler with 13 points and 14 rebounds, her 18th double-double of the season.
Georgetown will next take on Xavier on Saturday in McDonough Arena. The Musketeers currently sit in eighth place in the Big East while the Hoyas rank ninth in the conference. On Jan. 8, Georgetown lost to Xavier in Cincinnati 85-68. With the worst-scoring offense in the Big East, Xavier has been struggling to make points in conference play this year. The Hoyas, who are second in the Big East in field goal percentage defense, first in blocked shots, and second in defensive rebounds need to capitalize on the Musketeers’ weakness and cut down on turnovers in order to grab their second Big East win.
“As is the case with all the other teams we’ve played, we’re going to focus primarily on Georgetown and trying to identify this two-three matchup that we feel could really be good for us,” Lewis said. “I think we have the talent to play this particular defense, the two-three matchup, really well because it keeps our strength — our front line people, our Faith Woodard —ur Andrea White, our Natalie Butler, as close to the basket as we could construct a defense to play.”
Tipoff is slated for 4 p.m.