Jan. 8, 2016
CHICAGO - No. 24/24 DePaul University used an 11-0 run in the third quarter to pull away and defeat the Georgetown University women's basketball team, 75-53, on Friday night in a BIG EAST Conference matchup at McGrath-Phillips Arena.
The Hoyas fell to 9-6 overall and 2-3 in the BIG EAST, while the Blue Demons improved to 12-5 and 4-0 in conference play.
Logan Battle (Springfield, Va./West Springfield) came off the bench and finished with team highs of 13 points and seven rebounds for the Hoyas. Katie McCormick (Leonardtown, Md./Saint Mary's Ryken) chipped in nine points, while Dorothy Adomako (Midlothian, Va./Cosby) and Dionna White (Baltimore, Md./Milford Mill) both had eight. Adomako also finished with six boards.
GU shot 35.6 percent (21-of-59) for the game, but the Blue Demons were 41.7 percent (30-of-72) from the floor. Georgetown's bench outscored the DePaul bench, 23-20, but the Blue Demons held a 44-18 advantage in points in the paint.
The Hoyas got off to a blazing start, opening up an 11-4 lead less than three minutes into the game. Burton started the scoring with a breakaway layup right off the opening tip. Following a DePaul basket, Faith Woodard (Brandon, Fla./Freedom) knocked down a 3-pointer with a hand in her face to start a 7-2 run for the Blue & Gray. Adomako and White each added jumpers in the run.
Out of a timeout, DePaul answered with an 11-2 run, taking a 15-13 advantage and forcing a GU timeout. The Hoyas began chipping away however, and regained the lead, 18-17, on a pair of free throws from White. Two more free throws from Battle with 17 seconds remaining knotted the score at 20, which is how the first quarter ended.
The Blue Demons went on another run to start the second quarter, using a 10-2 spurt to take a 30-22 lead and force a Georgetown timeout.
The Hoyas again began chipping away, pulling to within one at the half, 34-33. Dominique Vitalis (Bloomfield, N.J./Gill St. Bernard's) started the comeback with a layup and Adomako followed with a quick jumper. McCormick hit consecutive baskets and Battle hit a long 3-pointer with 1:20 left to bring the score to 34-33. The GU defense held DePaul scoreless for final 3:37 of the quarter.
At the half, the Hoyas were shooting 48.1 percent (13-of-27), while holding DePaul to a 37.1 (13-of-35) clip.
A jumper from Vitalis tied the score at 36 just 1:14 in the third quarter, but the Blue Demons opened things up with a 14-0 run, holding the Hoyas scoreless for a 6:12 stretch.
DePaul held a 14-point advantage, 55-41, after three quarters and the Hoyas could not climb any closer in the fourth as the Blue Demons pulled away for the 22-point victory.
GU will remain on the road for Sunday matinee at Marquette. Tipoff is scheduled for 1 p.m. ET and the game will be broadcast live on FOX Sports 2 with Patrick Reed calling the play-by-play and Patricia Babcock McGraw serving as the color analyst.