Nov. 28, 2015
BURLINGTON, Vt. - The Georgetown University women's basketball team (4-1) used a huge effort on defense and in the paint to win the 2015 TD Bank Classic over the St. Francis (Brooklyn) Terriers (1-4), 74-52, on Friday at the University of Vermont.
Junior guard Faith Woodard (Brandon, Fla./Freedom) was named the tournament MVP, while freshman guard Dionna White (Baltimore, Md./Milford Mill) and sophomore guard Dorothy Adomako (Midlothian, Va./Cosby) were both named to the all-tournament squad.
"It was a great team win and it's great to see the kids happy and celebrating, but we worked for it," said Head Coach Natasha Adair. "Coming on this trip over Thanksgiving, our kids were focused. We talked about it being a business trip, being on the road, being on a neutral floor, these are all good things for us. It put us in a championship situation, and it will prepare us for the rest of the season and keep building our confidence. I'm just so proud of the team tonight."
Adomako led the way for the Blue & Gray with 16 points and five rebounds, while White managed 15 points, four assists and six steals. Woodard had 15 points and six rebounds to round out those in double figures. Senior forward Dominique Vitalis (Bloomfield, N.J./Gill St. Bernard's) and junior guard Jade Martin (Bloomington, Minn./John F. Kennedy) pulled down a squad-best eight rebounds apiece
Georgetown shot an impressive 49.2 percent (31-of-63) from the field for the game, and held the Terriers to 42.9 percent (18-of-42) shooting. The Hoyas outrebounded St. Francis, 37-21, and forced 22 turnovers on 15 steals.
St. Francis started strong hitting from long range, but the Hoya defense put on the pressure as the game began to change momentum. With the Terriers leading 7-4, White staged a 5-0 run in transition, hitting a 3-pointer to make it 9-7 and grab the lead.
The Terriers tied it at nine, but GU continued to pressure and added more points off turnovers for a 9-2 total run making it 13-9 at 3:04. St. Francis ended it with a trey, but at the end of the first quarter, Georgetown had the 17-12 advantage.
The Hoyas began the second quarter with a small scoring drought, but maintained the lead due to good pressure defense. At 6:15, GU scored its first bucket of the quarter off of a layup from Adomako in transition and never looked back.
Georgetown staged it a 6-1 run to end the half making it 33-22 at the break. White led the way in the first half with 11 points, while Woodard had eight points and six rebounds.
The Terriers opened the half with a trio of 3-pointers. Three quick layups from Vitalis following each triple were not enough which cut the lead to eight, 39-31, and forced Adair to call timeout to settle the team.
Vitalis was active with a rebound and looking ahead to White on the break to get back to a double-digit lead, and Woodard and White hit layups to quickly make it 45-31 at 5:37.
After another Terrier 3-pointer, Woodard sank a trey and had a layup. Adomako banked another layup in on the break as GU was off to the races off of every defensive rebound and incredibly active in the paint as well as on the boards. It was an 11-0 run giving the Blue & Gray a comfortable 56-34 lead.
The Blue & Gray continued to build the lead throughout the final quarter as Martin and senior guard Logan Battle (Springfield, Va./West Springfield) both had valuable performances late. The Hoyas didn't let up and cruised to the 74-52 victory as well as the championship.
The Hoyas will be back in action on Wednesday as the squad makes the short trip to George Mason University for a 7 p.m., matchup at EagleBank Arena. Live stats and a webcast will be available at www.GUHoyas.com.