WASHINGTON (AP) — The Georgetown women's basketball team outrebounded and outshot No. 10 California in an early season cross-country matchup.
The Hoyas, however, failed to take care of the ball during a 67-52 loss Sunday that dropped them to 1-2 under first-year coach Jim Lewis.
"The pressure should not have caused that much of a problem," Lewis said of California's in-your-face defense that included nine steals by Brittany Boyd. "Too many unforced turnovers, and they were live turnovers."
Rashanda Gray scored 15 points, Mercedes Jefflo had 14, and Afure Jemerigbe added 13 for the Golden Bears (2-2), who completed their trip to the nation's Capitol on a better note than they started. California lost at George Washington on Friday night.
"It was all about getting better, being able to guard people, being able to come back as fighters today, and I saw a lot of that," said California coach Lindsay Gottlieb, who guided the Golden Bears to their first Final Four last April.
California did a lot of guarding, forcing Georgetown into 28 turnovers and scoring 40 points off of them. The Golden Bears also outscored the Hoyas 10-0 in fastbreak points.
Natalie Butler scored 16 points and grabbed 14 rebounds and Katie McCormick added 14 points for Georgetown (1-2), which dropped its second straight game despite outrebounding California 41-31.
"The way we usually play that doesn't affect us," McCormick said of California's pressure defense. "We just didn't take care of the ball for the press."