Jan. 2, 2015
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WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University women's basketball squad (3-11, 1-1 BIG EAST) got back on the winning track with an 83-76 victory over the Marquette University Golden Eagles (4-9, 0-2 BIG EAST) Friday evening at McDonough Arena in a BIG EAST Conference matchup. The win evened GU's BIG EAST record moving them to 1-1 in conference play.
"The difference tonight was that we finished, it was in us, you saw it and it's just been building," said Georgetown Head Coach Natasha Adair. "My hat goes off to Marquette, they're a tough team. Down the stretch we were focused, we were determined and we focused on our defense. That fueled our energy and in transition."
Georgetown had four players in double figures with freshman guard Dorothy Adomako (Midlothian, Va./Cosby) leading the way with a career-high 21 points and 13 rebounds. Junior guard Brittany Horne (Carmel, N.Y./Carmel) had 18 points including three 3-pointers, junior guard Katie McCormick (Leonardtown, Md./St. Mary's Ryken) added 17 points with four from downtown and junior forward Dominique Vitalis (Bloomfield, N.J./Gill St. Bernard) rounded it out with 12.
The Hoyas outrebounded the Golden Eagles, 55-43, and shot 35.5 percent including a 50 percent performance from beyond the arc. It marked Adomako's fifth double-double of the season, tying her for the most in the league.
The Golden Eagles jumped out to an 8-0 lead to open the game, GU had opportunities but couldn't find the bottom of the net. MU tried to keep a furious pace, and the Hoyas struggled early.
Georgetown continued to battle in the paint, but GU turnovers gave the Golden Eagles an advantage going ahead, 21-10.
With nine minutes to go in the half, and looking at an 11-point deficit, the Hoyas staged an 8-1 run bolstered by a three from McCormick to make it 25-21.
The Hoyas continued to claw their way back and defensive stops turned to points on the other end putting the crowd on its feet. At 4:25 a GU steal went to sophomore guard Faith Woodard (Brandon, Fla./Freedom) streaking down the sideline who hit he tying layup and McCormick added back-to-back 3-pointers to make it 36-30 and force Marquette to call timeout. In total it was a 25-6 run to give GU the lead.
The Hoyas went into the break leading 40-35.
A 3-pointer from junior guard Logan Battle (Springfield, Va./West Springfield) gave GU a 10-point lead early in the second. However, the Golden Eagles weren't giving up as they quickly answered. Georgetown's lead stayed within single digits with the Hoyas unable to find a run to put it away.
Midway through the second, Marquette regained the lead on a 12-0 run to make it 60-55. The run ended on a trey by Horne and a three-point play from Adomako cut it to one, 62-61.
Looking at a three-point deficit, Horne sank a 3-pointer to tie it at 66 and Adomako added a second-chance basket in the paint to put GU ahead. The Golden Eagles answered, and it became a back-and-forth game with under five minutes to play.
With the scored tied at 69, Horne drove left and made the layup despite a foul for the three-point play. Adomako added another layup and blocked a trey on the other end. This play resulted in a deep Horne three on the left side giving Georgetown the 77-69 advantage going into the final two minutes.
Defense was the key late as Horne had a steal and freshman guard DiDi Burton (Baltimore, Md./Baltimore City College Prep) took a big charge. Marquette was forced to foul, and GU took advantage making the final 83-76.
"It was a team effort, everyone was dialed in and everyone was committed on the court, on the bench and our fans were the sixth player," said Adair. "This is Georgetown basketball."
The Hoyas will be back in action at McDonough Arena on Sunday in another BIG EAST Conference matchup as Georgetown hosts No. 24/25 DePaul University at 5 p.m. Live stats and a webcast featuring Ryan Sakamoto and Ben Gordon-Goldstein will be available at www.GUHoyas.com.