Dec. 30, 2016
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WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University women's basketball team (8-4, 0-2 BIG EAST) fell, 84-77, to the Marquette University Golden Eagles (11-2, 2-0 BIG EAST) on Friday afternoon at McDonough Arena in a BIG EAST Conference matchup.
"I thought our kids competed, but we're trying to get that next tier of extra effort," said Georgetown Head Coach Natasha Adair. "We just played two of the top teams in the league and it gives us a measuring stick for where we are. We're not happy with moral victories, we prepared to win today. We have to have a short memory because we have to play Villanova on Wednesday so we'll get back in the gym and get ready."
Four Hoyas scored in double figures as junior guard DiDi Burton (Baltimore, Md./Baltimore City College) led the way with a career-high 19 points and pulled down six rebounds. Senior forward Faith Woodard (Brandon, Fla./Freedom) scored 15 points with six rebounds, while sophomore guard Dionna White (Baltimore, Md./Milford Mill) and junior guard Dorothy Adomako (Midlothian, Va./Cosby) scored 13 points apiece. Junior center Cynthia Petke (Yaounde, Cameroon/-(Chipola College)) pulled down a career-high 13 boards in the contest.
The stats were eerily similar as both teams had 45 rebounds and shot 40.6 percent (28-for-69) from the field as well as 65.4 percent (17-for-26) from the line. Each squad committed 13 turnovers, and Georgetown managed eight steals. The difference came from long range as MU went 11-for-24, and GU was just 4-for-18.
The Hoyas took an early lead as the squads traded baskets with neither being able to go ahead by more than a possession or two. At 5:34, Petke hit a jumper to make it 13-8. Late in the first, MU managed an 8-0 run out of the media timeout with a pair of treys to make it 28-19 in favor of the Golden Eagles.
Burton ended the run with a 3-pointer of her own to cut the lead to five as the Blue & Gray battled back. Natisha Hiedeman was a problem from long range for the defense with four treys in the stanza. However, Petke hit one more shot before the horn to end the period with MU leading, 28-12.
Marquette tried to pull away, but Georgetown had an answer. Midway through the quarter, Adomako hit a pair of free throws to cut it to four, 35-31. The Golden Eagles came back with a 6-2 run and went up by as much as 11 points, 45-34. In the final two minutes, a Woodard jumper and White free throw made it 46-37 at the break.
In the second half, MU looked to build its lead going up by 11, 50-39, early on. Georgetown chipped away with scores from White and Woodard while the defense looked to make stops. A free throw from White cut it to six, 57-51, with under three minutes remaining in the quarter.
White knocked down a pair of free throws with 16 seconds left, but a last-second heave from the Golden Eagles made it 66-55 at the end of the third as the Blue & Gray trailed with one quarter remaining.
Georgetown battled to get back in it, cutting it to nine, 78-69, on a jumper from Burton with four minutes remaining. The defense got stops, but the Blue & Gray could not convert that into points on the other end. As the seconds ticked away, time just ran out on the Hoyas as GU fell, 84-77.
Georgetown will continue BIG EAST play on Wednesday, January 4 at Villanova University. Tipoff is scheduled for 7 p.m., at The Pavilion. The game will be broadcast live on the BIG EAST Digital Network. Links to live stats can be found in the schedule on www.GUHoyas.com.
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