Georgetown women fall short against Penn State

Katie McCormick scored all of her 17 points in the second half

and helped Georgetown mount a late comeback that fell short in a

77-68 loss to No. 10 Penn State on Sunday.

After missing all five of her shots in the first half, McCormick

made five 3-pointers in the second half for the Hoyas (5-3).

Maggie Lucas scored 30 points and topped 2,000 for her career to

lead Penn State.

Lucas finished the game with 2,008 career points to pass Tanisha

Wright for fifth place on the school’s scoring list.

”It’s not something that comes on your own. It’s not an

individual achievement,” Lucas said about the milestone. ”I’ve

played with some unbelievable point guards every year. I played

with Dara (Taylor) and I played with Alex Bentley, and my teammates

set me up and they put me in a position to be successful.”

After missing 10 of 14 shots in the first half, Lucas responded

by hitting 6 of 7 in the second half. She made five 3-pointers and

added five rebounds and four assists. Taylor had 12 points and six

assists to help Penn State (6-2) rebound from a loss Wednesday

night to No. 5 Notre Dame.

Both teams struggled from the field in the first half, with Penn

State shooting 21 percent (7 for 34) and Georgetown 23 percent (7

for 30).

But while the Hoyas’ offensive struggles continued into the

second half – McCormick’s jumper with 17:29 remaining was

Georgetown’s first basket in more than 9 minutes – the Nittany

Lions hit 12 of their first 15 shots to begin the half and used a

13-3 run midway through the half to take a 56-37 lead.

”We didn’t shoot the ball well early in the game,” Penn State

coach Coquese Washington said. ”But we figured it out, we figured

out what we needed to do and got better defensively in the second

half. We got going in transition and made some plays.”

Georgetown responded with a 10-0 run to get back in the game,

and cut it to 66-61 on Natalie Butler’s layup with 2:05 left. But

Lucas hit a driving layup on the following possession and the

Nittany Lions made 8 of 10 free throws in the last 2 minutes to

seal the victory.

The Nittany Lions shot 68 percent in the second half, a success

rate that Washington chalked up a renewed focus on getting shots

closer to the basket.

”I thought we were a lot more patient against the zone in the

second half,” Washington said. ”I thought we did a much better

job of getting paint touches and shots in the paint and that

certainly helped our percentage.”