Dec. 10, 2015
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WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University women's basketball team defeated the University of Delaware Blue Hens (4-4), 61-50, at McDonough Arena on Thursday evening. The Hoyas rebounded from their previous outing to control the pace and put the game away in the second half to improve to 6-2 on the season.
"We talk about defense, and I thought our kids responded beautifully to that," said Georgetown Head Coach Natasha Adair. "The ball wasn't falling for us initially, but it didn't deter us from our defensive goals. We had some key possessions where we stopped them, and Delaware is a very good team, it was our house, our rules and our kids responded in a big way."
Freshman point guard Dionna White (Baltimore, Md./Milford Mill) led the way with 18 points, while junior guard Faith Woodard (Brandon, Fla./Freedom) added 10 points. Sophomore center Yazmine Belk (Queens, N.Y./Nazareth Regional) posted a squad-best 14 rebounds, including seven on the offensive glass, and sophomore guard Dorothy Adomako (Midlothian, Va./Cosby) managed six points and 10 boards.
Georgetown outrebounded the Blue Hens, 49-40, and forced 19 turnovers. The Blue & Gray tallied an impressive 12 points off turnovers and had 26 points in the paint.
It was neck-and-neck early on as Delaware took a small lead that the Hoyas kept at one possession. Looking at a six-point deficit near the end of the first, it was cut to three, 16-13, after White took the ball coast-to-coast and converted the three-point play. A big defensive stop and layup from guard Jasmine Jackson (Old Bridge, N.J./Old Bridge) in the final seconds made it 16-15 at the end of the first quarter.
A pair of free throws from Jackson to open the second quarter gave GU the one-point lead, 17-16. The defense continued to get stops, and Woodard added a pair of buckets resulting in an 11-0 run spanning the two quarters and almost six scoreless minutes for the Blue Hens.
Delaware managed a pair of free throws, but GU answered right back as freshman center Jodi-Marie Ramil (Binghamton, N.Y./Binghamton) hit a layup. The Blue Hens cut it to three, but Woodard sank a 3-pointer with a hand in her face to make it 26-20.
It became a track meet in the final minute of the half with both teams getting out on the break. Late free throws made it 31-25 at the break.
White opened the second with a 3-pointer, but as the quarter progressed, both squads went cold. Midway through the third quarter, the Hoyas battled through keeping it a two-possession game. White sank a pair of free throws at the three-minute mark and then went up for the rebound looking to junior guard Jade Martin (Bloomington, Minn./John F. Kennedy) streaking up the left side who converted to make it 42-33.
A free throw from Martin in the final minute of the quarter put the Hoyas ahead by 11, 46-35, which was the squad's largest lead to that point. Delaware managed a last-second bucket to end the quarter making it 48-39.
Georgetown worked to maintain the double-digit lead through the final quarter of play. Every Blue Hen advance was answered as a Belk jumper made it 52-40 at the 7:40 mark.
From that point on, GU managed to maintain and cruised to the 61-50 victory.
The Hoyas will have a quick turnaround traveling to Tuscaloosa, Ala., to face the University of Alabama on Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m. ET. The game will be broadcast live on the SEC Network as well as online on WatchESPN with Jenn Hildreth and Candace Parker calling the action. Live stats will also be available at www.GUHoyas.com.