Nov. 18, 2015
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WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University women's basketball team (2-0) used a team effort to down the Virginia Tech Hokies (2-1), 73-56, in the home opener at McDonough Arena on Wednesday evening. From late in the second quarter on, the defense forced turnovers and scored on the other end to open the home season with its second-consecutive victory.
"You could just see the excitement at the end of the game, it was almost a weight lifted off their shoulders and they did it together," said Georgetown Head Coach Natasha Adair. "They've worked extremely hard, and I'm more proud of them than anything."
Sophomore guard Dorothy Adomako (Midlothian, Va./Cosby) led the way with 19 points, while freshman point guard Dionna White (Baltimore, Md./Milford Mill) added 16 points and a squad-best nine rebounds. Junior guard Faith Woodard (Brandon, Fla./Freedom) rounded out those in double figures with 10 points in the contest.
Georgetown outrebounded Virginia Tech, 39-35, and forced 27 turnovers. The Blue & Gray tallied an impressive 24 second-chance points, and the bench contributed 34 points to the Hokies' seven from the subs.
Adomako opened the scoring by slashing to the basket for the layup, but the Hokies answered with a run to gain a small advantage. Trailing by eight, she sank a 3-pointer to make it 12-7 as the Hoyas chipped away at the lead.
The Hokies were coming off a record 3-point game, and continued it as the squad managed three treys in the first quarter. Georgetown ended the quarter trailing 21-11 after a late Hokie field goal.
Georgetown opened the second quarter with an 11-3 run getting out in transition. Big defensive stops allowed the Blue & Gray to regain ground and cut the lead to two, 24-22. Woodard managed four points in the run, senior guard Logan Battle (Springfield, Va./West Springfield) sank a 3-pointer and a putback from freshman center Jodi-Marie Ramil (Binghamton, N.Y./Binghamton) prompted a Hokie timeout.
Virginia Tech came out of the timeout and hit another from downtown, but White matched it on the other end. GU fought and Battle sank a pair of free throws to tie the game at 31 with less than three minutes to go in the half. The defense forced a Hokie turnover and Woodard was fouled on the drive. She hit one to give Georgetown the 32-31 lead and then added a putback to put the Blue & Gray up by three, 34-31.
The defense continued to make stops, and despite late Hokie free throws, the Hoyas went into the break leading 36-33. Georgetown outscored the Hokies, 25-12, in the second quarter and ended the half on a 9-2 run.
The Hoyas continued where they left off in the third quarter, clinging to a single-digit advantage. A 3-pointer from White sparked an 8-0 run to make it 50-39 giving GU its largest lead of the game to that point.
The Hokies searched for an answer, but the Hoya defense was impressive in forcing turnovers and turning that into points on the other end. Late in the third, Georgetown led by as much as 20, 61-41, and held Virginia Tech scoreless for the final 3:38 of the quarter.
The first score of the fourth came in transition off of a layup from Adomako, but the Hokies gained momentum with a 6-0 run forcing a Hoya timeout. Virginia Tech added another layup to cut the lead to 12, but a pair of free throws from White stopped the run.
The Hokies wouldn't be able to find a late comeback and Georgetown cruised to the 73-56 victory.
The Hoyas will begin a five-game road swing beginning on Sunday at the University of Memphis. The game is scheduled to tip at 3 p.m. ET. Live stats and a webcast will be available at www.GUHoyas.com.