Nov. 11, 2016
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WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University women's basketball team (1-0) outscored the George Washington University Colonials (0-1), 32-9, in the fourth quarter to open the 2016-17 season with a 72-57 victory on Friday evening at McDonough Arena. Senior guard Faith Woodard (Brandon, Fla./Freedom) and junior guard Dorothy Adomako (Midlothian, Va./Cosby) both posted double-doubles to help the Hoyas win their ninth-consecutive season opener.
"We had a slow start to the game, but the 40 minutes is what I'm most proud of because we didn't quit," said Georgetown Head Coach Natasha Adair. "Our players gutted it out, and it's what we talk about daily. We talked about making a statement and I think we made it. That Georgetown women's basketball is going to grind it out and get the win."
Trailing by eight entering the fourth quarter, the Blue & Gray cut it to three and then staged a 23-2 run to close out the game over the final 5:27 to pick up the victory. Adomako managed 11 points in the run and Georgetown was a perfect 14-of-14 from the line in the final stanza to push for the comeback win.
Woodard led the Hoyas with 22 points and 11 rebounds going 9-of-10 from the free throw line, while Adomako posted 20 points and 11 rebounds shooting 8-of-10 from the charity stripe and tallying three assists. Rounding out those in double figures from junior guard DiDi Burton (Baltimore, Md./Baltimore City College) who scored 11 points and tallied a team-best five assists while going 4-of-5 from the line.
The Colonials shot 41.7 percent (20-for-48) from the field, while the Blue & Gray managed just 33.3 percent (21-for-63) shooting. Georgetown outrebounded GW, 44-33, and forced 21 Colonial turnovers.
George Washington jumped out to a quick 15-5 lead to start the game, scoring their points in the paint. GW built the lead up to as much as 11, but five points from Woodard, a layup and 3-pointer in transition, cut it to six, 18-12. With two seconds remaining in the quarter, Burton was fouled on a 3-pointer and hit two to make it 18-14 at the end of the first quarter.
A jumper from sophomore guard Dionna White (Baltimore, Md./Milford Mill) made it a two-point deficit to open the second quarter. GW answered, but Burton hit a trey and Woodard scored a bucket off of the break to give GU its first lead of the game, 21-20, as the Blue & Gray staged a 5-0 run to get back in it. The Colonials added a basket to regain the lead, and the Blue & Gray went cold going more than six minutes without a field goal. The defense absorbed the pressure, however, holding George Washington on a number of possessions to stay within five. Late in the second, the Colonials came back and Georgetown went into the break trailing, 32-24.
The Hoyas climbed back into it never letting the deficit get to more than 10. Trailing 39-29, Woodard had the ball inside and kicked it back out to Adomako behind the arc who knocked down the trey. Every time GW looked as though they would take it to double digits, the Blue & Gray had an answer. With two minutes remaining in the third quarter, a putback from Adomako and a pair of free throws by Woodard made it 44-39. The Hoyas continued to fire from long range, but that risk didn't pay off as a cold shooting day kept the Colonials ahead. At the end of the third, Georgetown trailed 48-40.
This set up the huge fourth quarter for the Hoyas who eventually cruised to the 72-57 victory.
"Our energy was contagious in the fourth quarter," said Woodard. "We were just really communicating out there."
The Hoyas will be back in action on Sunday as the squad travels to Virginia Tech for a 4 p.m. tip. Live stats and a webcast will be available at www.GUHoyas.com.