Jan. 3, 2016
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WASHINGTON - Dionna White (Baltimore, Md./Milford Mill) tied a career high with 22 points and the Georgetown University women's basketball team used a 24-5 run over the second and third quarters, defeating Creighton University, 69-57, on Sunday afternoon in a BIG EAST Conference game at McDonough Arena.
The Hoyas improved to 8-5 overall and 1-2 in the BIG EAST, while the Bluejays fell to 6-9 and 0-3 in conference play.
"This team just fights," Georgetown Head Coach Natasha Adair said. "We have emphasized defense from day one. We went back to the way we wanted to defend. Creighton plays with discipline and we had to be dialed in and focused. We held them to 35 percent from the field and that was because our players committed to what the plan was and made it hard for them. We also made shots and finished plays that I've seen us make.
"In this league, you want to hold home court, you want to be able to contain and be disciplined. It's a great team win. You enjoy it but then you have to get ready for Providence on Tuesday. But we will enjoy this. I am very proud of them."
White scored her 22 points with an efficient 9-of-11 shooting from the floor and also added six rebounds and six assists. Dorothy Adomako (Midlothian, Va./Cosby) chipped in 18 points, including eight in the final quarter, and Dominique Vitalis (Bloomfield, N.J./Gill St. Bernard's) was also in double figures with 10 points. Faith Woodard (Brandon, Fla./Freedom) contributed a game-high 11 rebounds.
The Hoyas finished the game shooting 50 percent (29-of-58), while holding the Bluejays to just 35 percent (21-of-60). GU had 15 assists to just seven turnovers and forced 14 Creighton turnovers. The Blue & Gray outscored Creighton, 38-18, in the paint and had a 12-2 advantage in fast break points.
The first quarter saw Creighton take a 21-14 lead as the Bluejays opened up hot from beyond the arc, knocking down 5-of-10 attempts. At the other end, GU shot 40 percent (6-of-15) from the floor and were led by six points from Adomako and three apiece from White and Katie McCormick (Leonardtown, Md./Saint Mary's Ryken).
The Bluejays remained hot from 3-point land to start the second quarter, hitting three of their first four attempts to extend their lead to 30-22. The Georgetown defense clamped down from there, as the Hoyas allowed just five points over the final seven minutes, forcing three turnovers. The offense, meanwhile, embarked on a 16-5 run sparked by five points from Woodard and four points apiece from both White and Vitalis
The Hoyas took a 36-35 lead into the locker room after Woodard buried a trey with just 17 seconds remaining and Tyshell King (Baltimore, Md./St. Frances Academy) came up with a steal on the defensive end.
White led the Hoyas at the half with 11 points, on a perfect 5-of-5 shooting, and four assists. Woodard had seven points and six rebounds, while both Adomako and Vitalis chipped in six points. Georgetown shot a strong 57.1 percent (16-of-28) from the floor over the first 20 minutes.
Georgetown's strong play on both ends rolled into the third quarter as the Blue & Gray opened up with a 10-0 run over the first five minutes. White again led the charge with six points, while Adomako also knocked down a pair of baskets.
GU outscored the Bluejays, 14-5, in the quarter to open up a 50-40 advantage entering the final stanza.
Creighton scored the first four points of the fourth quarter to cut Georgetown's lead to six, 50-44, but Logan Battle (Springfield, Va./West Springfield) scored baskets on the next two GU possessions to regain the 10-point lead.
The Bluejays again cut into the lead, closing to within four, 58-54, with 3:08 left on the clock but Adomako and White responded, scoring 11 of the next 14 points, including going 5-of-6 from the free throw line, to seal the win.
The Hoyas will remain at home, hosting Providence College on Tuesday at McDonough Arena. Tipoff is slated for 7 p.m. on the BIG EAST Digital Network.
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