Women’s hoops falls to Villanova

February 12, 2015

The Georgetown women’s basketball team (4-20, 2-10 Big East) dropped their eighth consecutive game, falling 48-64 to Villanova (14-10, 8-4 Big East) this past Sunday night at McDonough Arena.

“I was proud of our team’s fight. I was proud that we played hard,” Georgetown Head Coach Natasha Adair said following her team’s loss.

Villanova jumped out to a commanding lead early in the game, taking a 23-9 lead midway through the first half. Georgetown attempted to claw their way back into the game but Villanova’s offense would not let up, piling on 12 points in the paint in the first half compared to Georgetown’s paltry two points. A 13-3 run for Villanova closed out the first half and the Hoyas entered halftime down 17-38.

Despite the disappointing first half, Adair’s squad came out significantly sharper in the second half. Despite five quick points from Villanova’s senior forward Emily Leer on consecutive jump shots, the Hoyas offense managed to pick up. The Hoyas proceeded to go on a 9-0 run in the middle of the second half, capped off with a three pointer from junior forward Logan Battle.

“The second-half effort showed a lot of what we can do,” said Adair.

But after Georgetown’s impressive run, Villanova’s potent offense woke back up and scored seven unanswered points to push their lead back up to a more than comfortable 25 points with just over five minutes remaining in the game. Although the final outcome was decided, the Hoyas refused to quit and closed the game on an 11-2 run.

Despite the apparent blowout loss, the Blue and Gray’s eight straigth, there were many positive takeaways for the Hoyas that the disappointing final score would not show. They actually outscored the Wildcats 31-26 in the second half and outrebounded Villanova 38-32 over the course of the contest.

Speaking about the future of her squad, Adair said, “We just have to make sure we come out ready and we put it all together.”

The Hoyas will remain home as they face Xavier University (14-10, 6-7 Big East) Friday at 8 p.m. for their Hail to the Kale night and then Butler University (12-12, 8-5 Big East) Sunday at 4 p.m.

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