THE RUNDOWN: Sports Stories for March 1



Men’s Basketball

Down 75-59 with 4:25 left in the second half, the Georgetown men’s basketball team (14-15, 7-9 Big East) had a very low chance of getting a win on Senior Day against Butler (19-9, 8-8 Big East). Although the Hoyas did lose 90-87 in the end, they put together a 21-5 run over the last stretch of regulation to force overtime that culminated in what originally looked to be a lost possession.

The team drew up a play that was quickly sniffed out by the Butler defense, leading to several passes around the perimeter in vain, and ending with a contested three-pointer from sophomore forward Isaac Copeland: airball.

But as cheers emanated from the Georgetown bench, everyone in Verizon Center quickly realized that the forward had drawn a shooting foul. With the score at 80-77 and just three seconds left, Copeland had to make all three free throws to force overtime.

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Men’s Lacrosse

The Georgetown men’s lacrosse team (0-2) took on No. 13 Towson University (3-0) this weekend in a DMV battle at Johnny Unitas Stadium in Towson, Md. The Tigers started off hot by scoring four goals in the opening quarter, which proved to be too much of a deficit for the Hoyas to overcome.

“I think when a team jumps out a little early you have to adjust. The big thing is that we need to settle in to make sure that we stop their runs, and when a team goes up high, you got to revert back to your training and what you do and kind of follow the game plan,” Head Coach Kevin Warne said.

Women’s Basketball

The Georgetown women’s basketball team (16-12, 9-9 Big East) closed out its regular season this weekend with wins over Butler (9-20, 4-14 Big East) and Xavier (17-12, 8-10 Big East). The Hoyas defeated the Bulldogs 49-35 Friday and then went on to beat the Musketeers by a score of 63-51 Sunday afternoon.

In the matchup with Butler, both teams struggled offensively in the opening quarter. The Hoyas held the Bulldogs scoreless for the first 5:32 of the contest, scoring five points of their own in that time. Georgetown went 5-of-24 from the field, shooting 20.8 percent. Butler was only slightly better, going 4-of-13 for a 30.8 field goal percentage, but committed nine first-quarter turnovers. Through 10 minutes of play, the Hoyas led 13-10.

“When the ball is not falling you have to defend, and I feel like our defense was stellar,” Head Coach Natasha Adair said.

Track & Field

The Georgetown men’s and No. 14 women’s indoor track and field teams each claimed fourth place at the Big East championships in Staten Island, N.Y., this past weekend. The women captured five event titles, the most in Georgetown indoor track and field history for one championship. The men secured a total of 89 points while the women recorded 112.

Sophomore Joe White led the way for the men’s team, setting a new Big East championship meet record in the men’s 800-meter event. White clocked in at 1:47.59, securing first place overall in the race. Senior Ahmed Bile and senior Andrew Ogle also recorded points for the Hoyas, running times of 1:51.52 and 1:51.62, respectively. Bile finished in fourth and Ogle captured fifth.

“Ahmed Bile and I wanted to push the pace as best as we could with just us two in the race,” White said. “We decided that he would take the 500 and we would just see how fast we could go over the last 300 meters.”

Women’s Tennis

Last Friday, the Georgetown women’s tennis team (2-3, 0-2 Big East) dropped its sole home match of the season to St. John’s (6-2, 2-0 Big East) in a 5-2 decision.

The Hoyas battled against the Red Storm, snagging a key 6-3 victory in the No. 1 doubles slot from junior captain Victoire Saperstein and freshman Risa Nakagawa, but the Red Storm ultimately came away with the doubles point after sealing the No. 2 and 3 competitions.

Both Nakagawa and sophomore Daphne de Chatellus won singles matches in the No. 2 and 5 singles slots, respectively, but St. John’s took the four other singles wins to seal its 5-2 victory.

Women’s Lacrosse

After falling to No. 1 Maryland (3-0) Feb. 20, the Georgetown women’s lacrosse team (0-3) suffered another loss to No. 9 Princeton (3-0) Saturday in Princeton, N.J. The Hoyas lost 10-9 after overcoming a four-goal halftime deficit and outshooting the Tigers 26-24.

Freshman midfielder Francesca Whitehurst scored four goals for the Hoyas, while sophomore midfielder Georgia Tunney added two.

Whitehurst credited her teammates with helping her during the game.

“I think my teammates picked me up,” Whitehurst said. “I had a lot of fury that pushed me during the game and just played a lot stronger and came out with more energy. My team bounced off of that and pushed me harder.”

A Level Playing Field

Title IX changed the face of sports. By preventing discrimination in any federally funded activity, the law requires that men and women enjoy equal opportunities in all varsity sports, prompting an exponential increase in female participation of all ages in all sports since the law’s implementation in 1972. Forty-four years later, this fight still continues. According to the Women’s Sports Foundation, female collegiate athletes receive $183 million fewer than men with National Collegiate Athletic Association scholarships. This is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to women’s sports, as discrimination goes far beyond the sphere of federally funded athletics.

The Zone

The NCAA men’s college basketball field is as wide open as it has been in years. In fact, the parity of the top 64 teams — those who will make the first bracket in the NCAA tournament — is a historic anomaly. There have been six teams to hold the No. 1 spot atop the AP poll this year, which is just one fewer than the all-time record. In 16 weeks this season, only one team — Oklahoma in week 11 — has held a unanimous No. 1 spot. Nearly four teams per week have dropped from the top 25 rankings.

Though there is no lack of high-profile talent and coaching near the top, there is a feeling out there right now that any team could lose on any given night. And for good reason, given how closely matched the ranked teams are.

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