Feb. 1, 2015
MILWAUKEE, Wis. - The Georgetown University women's basketball team (4-19, 2-9 BIG EAST) dropped a tough 80-73 decision to the Marquette University Golden Eagles (5-17, 1-10 BIG EAST) Sunday afternoon at the Al McGuire Center. The Hoyas had chances, but fouls sank the squad as MU hit 32 free throws in the contest.
Sophomore guard Faith Woodard (Brandon, Fla./Freedom) led the way with 15 points, while junior forward Dominique Vitalis (Bloomfield, N.J./Gill St. Bernard's) added 14. Freshman guard Dorothy Adomako (Midlothian, Va./Cosby) and junior guard Brittany Horne (Carmel, N.Y./Carmel) rounded out those in double figures with 11 and 10 points, respectively. Sophomore guard Jade Martin (Bloomington, Minn./John F. Kennedy) pulled down a team-best nine rebounds.
The Hoyas shot 43.8 percent (28-of-64) for the game, but were outrebounded, 40-31, and had 15 turnovers to MU's 14.
The Golden Eagles hit 32-of-42 free throws and had two players combine for 53 points.
Georgetown opened the game with an early lead as GU looked to the paint for production. Georgetown staged a 10-1 run as Woodard scored six-consecutive points to make it 12-5. Marquette answered to tie it at 16, but Woodard sank a pair of free throws to regain the lead.
The squads kept battling with neither team taking a significant edge, and the Hoyas went cold without a basket for two minutes until freshman point guard DiDi Burton (Baltimore, Md./Baltimore City College Prep) got a steal and layup to put the Blue & Gray ahead 22-21.
From that point on it was back and forth as MU would take the lead, but the Hoyas would answer. Martin was huge down low pulling down every rebound for the Blue & Gray.
Georgetown held Marquette to just two field goals in the final five minutes of the half, but 10 points off of free throws kept it close.
GU went into the locker room with a 39-37 lead on a 3-pointer in the final minute from Horne. Woodard led the way in the first with 10 points and Martin pulled down a squad-high nine rebounds.
Marquette came out firing in the second half, but the Hoyas stayed close thanks to eight points from Vitalis of GU's first 10.
Georgetown regained the lead on a Horne trey, 56-54, but the Golden Eagles managed a put back on the other end as well as a fast-break three-point play to go up by three.
On the next possession, Vitalis got the offensive rebound and converted the three-point play to tie it. However, the Blue & Gray couldn't find a way to regain the lead midway through.
After foul trouble forced her to sit much of the game, Adomako came in and was fouled on a hustle play knocking down a pair of free throws to put GU up, 62-61. Woodard added one more, but free throws made the difference as Arlesia Morse stayed perfect from the line for MU to tie it once again.
Both squads were without a field goal for five minutes, but connected at the line to keep the score moving.
In the final two minutes, MU made back-to-back baskets and added three free throws to give the Golden Eagles the seven-point lead, which was the largest of the game. Adomako answered with a bucket to cut it to five, but Georgetown was forced to foul.
The Hoyas had chances cutting it to three, 76-73, on a Vitalis free throw with 13 seconds left, but GU had to foul again and Marquette connected making the final, 80-73.
The Hoyas will have Friday off and return home on Sunday as the squad hosts the Villanova University Wildcats at 5 p.m. Live stats and a webcast featuring Ryan Sakamoto and Ben Gordon Goldstein will be available at www.GUHoyas.com.