Jan. 23, 2016
PHILADELPHIA - The Georgetown University women's basketball team (9-9, 2-6 BIG EAST) hit the road Friday before Winter Storm Jonas, beating the snow to Philadelphia for its BIG EAST Conference matchup at Villanova on Sunday (12-6, 6-2 BIG EAST). The Hoyas begin a three-game road trip when they tip off against the Wildcats at 1 p.m. at The Pavilion.
Sunday's game will be broadcast live on FOX Sports 2 with Amy Lawrence calling the play-by-play and LaChina Robinson serving as the color analyst.
The Blue & Gray is looking to snap a four-game losing streak, having lost the last two games at home to St. John's, 65-60, and Seton Hall, 83-75. The two losses were GU's first home defeats this season and the Hoyas are now 5-2 at McDonough Arena.
Against St. John's, Georgetown faced a double-digit deficit in the second half and cut it down to one possession with less than a minute remaining, but could not complete the comeback as the Red Storm hit 5-of-6 free throws in the final 24 seconds.
Dionna White (Baltimore, Md./Milford Mill) finished with a team-high 15 points while also adding seven rebounds. Dorothy Adomako (Midlothian, Va./Cosby) was also in double figures with 13 points. Katie McCormick (Leonardtown, Md./Saint Mary's Ryken) had nine points on three 3-pointers and Faith Woodard (Brandon, Fla./Freedom) and Dominique Vitalis (Bloomfield, N.J./Gill St. Bernard's) tied for team-high honors with eight rebounds apiece.
Versus Seton Hall, the Pirates used a 9-0 run in the third quarter to open up a tight game. The Hoyas cut it to a three-point game with under two minutes remaining but, despite 17 points and six rebounds from both White and Adomako, again could not complete the comeback.
White led Georgetown with a career-high eight assists and also chipped in two blocks and two steals. Woodard contributed 14 points and McCormick had 13 points off the bench, going 3-of-6 from 3-point range. Yazmine Belk (Queens, N.Y./Nazareth Regional) finished with a team-high eight rebounds.
GU finished the game shooting 38.5 percent (25-of-65) from the floor, but the Pirates shot 45.2 percent (28-of-62). The Hoyas had 15 assists and just 11 turnovers, while forcing 13 Seton Hall turnovers.
White is leading the team in scoring with 14.4 ppg and has posted team highs of 5.7 rpg, 3.9 apg and 2.3 spg. Adomako is second with 13.9 ppg as well as 5.6 rpg. Woodard rounds out the top three with 10.1 ppg and 5.1 rpg.
Georgetown is shooting 38.9 percent on the season and holds a +3.1 rebounding margin over opponents as well as a +2.1 turnover margin. GU leads the league in rebounding (42.1 rpg) and blocks (5.6 bpg), while ranking second in rebounding margin.
Villanova enters Sunday's contest on a four-game winning streak, with road wins over Marquette and DePaul and home victories over Seton Hall and St. John's. Senior guard Caroline Coyer has led Villanova all season long. She currently leads the Wildcats in five different statistical categories, including scoring (14.6 ppg.), assists (91), 3-pointers (35), minutes played (35.8 mpg.) and steals (31). Sophomore guard Alex Louin was named to the BIG EAST weekly honor roll on Monday after averaging 15.0 points perâ€ˆgame, 6.0 rebounds per contest and 2.0 assists per game.
The Hoyas are 19-38 all-time against the Wildcats, with all but two contests coming as BIG EAST opponents. Villanova has won the last six meetings, including a win in the 2013 BIG EAST Tournament and both meetings last year. The Hoyas fell, 69-57, in Philadelphia last season and dropped a 64-48 decision at McDonough Arena. GU is looking for its first win at The Pavilion since the 2011-12 season.