Nov. 10, 2016
WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University women's basketball team will open the 2016-17 season on Friday evening hosting the George Washington University Colonials at 7 p.m., at McDonough Arena. The Hoyas are coming off of a season where the squad returned to the postseason with a WNIT berth.
Friday will mark the start of Head Coach Natasha Adair's third season. Adair returned to the Hilltop after serving as an assistant with the Hoyas for six seasons. She has a talented staff including former players Melba Chambers (C'99) and Sarah Jenkins (C'05) as well as Associate Head Coach James Howard who was an assistant for one season on the Hilltop.
In October, junior guard Dorothy Adomako (Midlothian, Va./Cosby) and sophomore guard Dionna White (Baltimore, Md./Milford Mill) earned unanimous BIG EAST Conference Preseason honors at the league's annual women's basketball media day held at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Additionally, the Hoyas were picked to finish fifth in the BIG EAST Preseason Coaches' Poll receiving 51 points.
It was Adomako's second unanimous preseason honor. She is a two-time All-BIG EAST honoree after earning second team last year and honorable mention as a freshman. Adomako was also named the 2014-15 BIG EAST Freshman of the Year. Last year, she led the Hoyas in scoring averaging 14.5 ppg and pulled down 6.0 rpg. Adomako also tallied 31 blocks, 31 assists and 24 steals. She led the Blue & Gray in scoring on 13 occasions and was named to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll five times.
White had a breakout rookie year, earning spots on the BIG EAST Second Team and the All-Freshman squad. She was named the BIG EAST Freshman of the Week five times, and also earned two nods to the weekly honor roll. She tied for team lead in scoring with 14.5 ppg, and pulled in a squad-high 6.1 rpg despite her 5-5 stature. White also led the squad in assists with 123 helpers while tallying a team-best 77 steals. Her 24 3-pointers tied her for team high, and she shot 80 percent (88-for-110) from the charity stripe.
Rounding out the top three returning scorers is senior guard Faith Woodard (Brandon, Fla./Freedom) who averaged 9.0 ppg and 5.0 rpg a season ago. Returning starter junior DiDi Burton (Baltimore, Md./Baltimore City College Prep) is back at the point. Burton averaged 3.5 ppg and 2.3 rpg, but managed 98 assists.
The Hoyas welcome four newcomers to the Hilltop. Freshmen Morgan Smith (Upper Marlboro, Md./Riverdale Baptist) and Oliva Ramil (Binghamton, N.Y./Binghamton) will make their debut. Additionally, transfer Cynthia Petke (Yaounde, Cameroon) will add depth in the post, and guard Mykia Jones (Raleigh, N.C./Millbrook) will be available after sitting out a year due to NCAA transfer rules.
GW is coming off its second-consecutive Atlantic 10 Championship in 2015-16 and a share of the conference's regular-season title. The Colonials finished 26-7 overall with a 13-3 mark in the Atlantic 10 and picked up the program's A-10 sixth league crown.
Senior Caira Washington earned a pair of Preseason All-Conference accolades as she was named to both the A-10 Preseason All-Conference First Team and the Preseason All-Defensive Team. Friday's game marks the first on the sidelines for new head coach Jennifer Rizzotti who is ready to lead the Colonials following a 17-year tenure as the head coach of Hartford.
The Hoyas are 17-18 all-time against the Colonials and 10-7 at home. The last meeting was a 72-60 Hoya loss at George Washington during Adair's first season on the Hilltop. The last game at McDonough was a 78-57 Georgetown victory in 2013.
Tipoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. Live stats and a webcast featuring Monika Moore will be available at www.GUHoyas.com. Tickets can be purchased at the door and, in honor of Veteran's Day, anyone with a military ID will get in free.