Jan. 5, 2016
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WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University women's basketball team used an 11-2 run over the third and fourth quarters, en route to a 63-53 win over Providence College on Tuesday night in a BIG EAST Conference matchup at McDonough Arena.
With the win, the Hoyas improved to 9-5 overall and 2-2 in the BIG EAST, while the Friars fell to 4-10 and 0-4 in conference play. Georgetown has now won 12-consecutive home games against the Friars, dating back to the 1996-97 season.
"This league is a grind," Georgetown Head Coach Natasha Adair said. "Our kids right now are so focused and so dialed in. Even tonight, we didn't shoot well from the perimeter, or even just for the game, but we honed in to what we have been preaching all year, which is defense. We held Providence to 36 percent from the field, and that is when we are successful. So even on a night when the ball isn't falling, we can still defend."
Dorothy Adomako (Midlothian, Va./Cosby) led the way for GU, finishing with game highs of 19 points and nine rebounds, while also adding three steals and two assist. Dionna White (Baltimore, Md./Milford Mill) chipped in 11 points to go along with five boards and three assists. Katie McCormick (Leonardtown, Md./Saint Mary's Ryken) had 10 points off the bench and Logan Battle (Springfield, Va./West Springfield) also had nine.
Georgetown held the Friars to 36.7 percent (22-of-60) shooting from the floor and forced 20 Providence turnovers with 13 steals. GU had a 26-7 advantage in points off of turnovers and the Hoya bench outscored the Friars, 23-12. The Hoyas only committed eight turnovers and also had eight blocks on the defensive end.
Adomako scored four quick points to open the game, but the GU offense went cold, missing 14-consecutive shots as Providence went on a 9-0 run to take a 9-4 lead.
The Hoyas began chipping away as two free throws from White, a layup from Battle and a McCormick 3-pointer at the buzzer helped cut Georgetown's deficit to two, 13-11, at the end of the first quarter.
The Blue & Gray completed the comeback at the start of the second quarter as McCormick came up with a steal on the defensive end and Yazmine Belk (Queens, N.Y./Nazareth Regional) tied the game with a put-back layup, knotting the score at 13.
After the two teams traded baskets, Battle converted a three-point play to give GU the lead, 20-17.
A long jumper from Adomako gave the Hoyas their largest lead, 30-24, with 26 seconds remaining in the quarter, but the Friars hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer to cut it to three, 30-27, at the half.
Georgetown went into the break shooting 32.4 percent (12-of-37) after shooting 52.9 percent (9-of-17) in the second quarter.
Providence tied the score at 32 early in the third quarter, but Adomako quickly regained the lead for the Hoyas knocking down a mid-range jumper and a 3-pointer from the top of the key to give GU a 37-32 advantage.
A fast-break layup from Dominique Vitalis (Bloomfield, N.J./Gill St. Bernard's), on a long pass from Adomako, gave the Hoyas a seven-point lead, 41-34 with 5:20 left, but Providence cut the lead to just three over the next four minutes. A pair of free throws from McCormick and a breakaway layup from White in the final minute gave the Blue & Gray a 45-38 advantage after three quarters.
The Friars were never able to get any closer throughout the fourth quarter as the Hoyas had an answer for every Providence basket. McCormick hit a 3-pointer and Adomako scored eight points in the quarter, going 4-of-6 from the charity stripe down the stretch, to eliminate any chance of a comeback.
GU will next hit the road for a pair of games this weekend in the Midwest. The Hoyas will play at DePaul University on Friday evening in a contest set to tip off at 7 p.m. ET on the BIG EAST Digital Network. On Sunday, the Blue & Gray will take on Marquette University at 1 p.m. ET in a game to be broadcast on FOX Sports 2.
To watch Friday's contest, download the FOX Sports GO app for iOS, Android, Kindle Fire tablets and phones and select Windows devices to view BIG EAST Digital Network games on-the-go. The FOX Sports GO platform can also be accessed at FOXSportsGO.com on desktops.