Dec. 22, 2014
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WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University women's basketball squad fell to the St. Bonaventure University Bonnies (10-3) in the non-conference finale on Monday afternoon at McDonough Arena. The Hoyas were right there, but couldn't find an answer down the stretch to fall to 2-10 on the season.
Junior guard Brittany Horne (Carmel, N.Y./Carmel) led the way with 11 points and had six steals, while junior guard Logan Battle (Springfield, Va./West Springfield) and freshman guard Dorothy Adomako (Midlothian, Va./Cosby) both managed 10 points. Junior forward Dominique Vitalis (Bloomfield, N.J./Gill St. Bernard's) pulled down a team-best 10 rebounds and scored seven points.
Georgetown outrebounded St. Bonaventure, 50-36, including 21 boards on the offensive glass. The Blue & Gray scored 19 points off of second chances as the squad was strong down low.
The Hoyas came out fired up connecting off of the tip and forcing turnovers on defense. With a new starting lineup, the Blue & Gray was aggressive and had success going inside. Georgetown opened the game with a 10-2 run capping it off with a fast break layup from Adomako.
Despite a four-minute scoring drought, Georgetown held the Bonnies on the other end to cling to a 15-13 lead before a bucket from sophomore guard Faith Woodard (Brandon, Fla./Freedom) sparked a 10-2 run to make it 23-15. Three-consecutive layups from freshman center Yazmine Belk (Queens, N.Y./Nazareth Regional) added to the dominance down low.
Back-to-back 3-pointers from the Bonnies cut it to two, 25-23, as time wound down in the first. Adomako managed a layup, but St. Bonaventure remained hot from downtown. In the final seconds, SBU got into the lane and laid it in to take its first lead of the game, 28-27.
The final seconds were a flurry of activity as a hustle play from Battle gave her a loose ball and a layup. On the next possession, Horne forced the turnover and hit a layup to send the Blue & Gray into the half leading 31-28.
The Bonnies regained the lead early in the second, but it was Battle who was solid in the paint to keep it close for the Hoyas. It stayed a two-possession game, but with 12:42 to go the Hoyas came back. Junior guard Katie McCormick (Leonardtown, Md./St. Mary's Ryken) forced a turnover with a big hustle play. The ball went to Woodard who connected the three-point play to make it 44-42 as GU searched for the go-ahead bucket.
That came midway through the half as Horne hit a huge 3-pointer on the left side to spark a 7-0 run including a fast break layup by Belk and another from Woodard to make it 53-50 in favor of the Blue & Gray. Despite the Bonnies tying it up, GU fought back and once again a turnover turned into a Horne trey.
The squads went back and forth with 3-pointers, and after one from long range by freshman guard Justyce Swango (Virginia Beach, Va./Princess Anne), Horne added free throws to make it 61-56.
On the other end of the floor, Belk managed a huge block as the Hoyas were hanging on.
In the final three minutes of the contest, St. Bonaventure put together a 9-0 run down the stretch to go ahead by four, 65-61. The Hoyas ended the run, but were forced to foul as time was against them. At the final horn, Georgetown fell, 70-64.
The Hoyas will take a break for the holidays and open BIG EAST Conference play on December 30 at Creighton University. Tipoff is scheduled for 8 p.m. ET. Live stats and a webcast will be available through the Bluejays' athletic website.