Feb. 14, 2016
WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University women's basketball team closed to within four points with 48 seconds left, but could not complete the comeback, falling, 63-55, to St. Johns University in a BIG EAST Conference matchup at Carnesecca Arena on Sunday afternoon.
The Hoyas fell to 14-11 overall and 7-8 in the BIG EAST, while the Red Storm improved to 18-7 and 9-5 in conference play. The loss snapped a four-game road winning streak for Georgetown, its longest since winning eight-consecutive road games during the 2011-12 season.
Dorothy Adomako (Midlothian, Va./Cosby) returned after missing three games and was the lone Hoya in double figures, finishing with 12 points. Dionna White (Baltimore, Md./Milford Mill) scored nine points while also contributing five assists and six steals. Logan Battle (Springfield, Va./West Springfield) and Tyshell King (Baltimore, Md./St. Frances Academy) each scored eight points and Yazmine Belk (Queens, N.Y./Nazareth Regional) had seven points and a team-high eight rebounds.
The Hoyas finished the game shooting just 29.4 percent (20-of-68), while St. John's shot 40.9 percent (18-of-44). The Red Storm made 25 of their 32 free throw attempts while GU went just 13-of-23 from the charity stripe. Georgetown outrebounded St. John's, 43-42, and forced 20 turnovers on 12 steals. The Blue & Gray also held an advantage in points in the paint (24-22), points off of turnovers (20-15), second chance points (10-6), fast break points (10-2) and bench points (27-17).
St. John's started 4-of-4 from the floor in the first quarter, opening a quick 10-2 lead.
GU chipped away with an 8-3 run, behind four points from Belk as well as baskets from Dominique Vitalis (Bloomfield, N.J./Gill St. Bernad's) and Faith Woodard (Brandon, Fla./Freedom), to close within three, but the Red Storm scored the next six points, shooting 60 percent (6-of-10) for the quarter, and taking a 19-10 lead after the first 10 minutes.
A trey from King brought the Hoyas within five, 23-18, but St. John's used an 8-3 run to extend its lead to double digits, 31-21.
Four points from Vitalis in the final minute, on two free throws and a layup right before the buzzer, helped GU pull within six points, 31-25, at halftime.
Georgetown's offense struggled in the first half, shooting just 25.7 percent (9-of-35), but the defense kept the Blue & Gray in the game, forcing 13 St. John's turnovers on eight steals over the first 20 minutes. Vitalis and Belk each led the Hoyas with seven points and Belk had a team-high six rebounds.
The two teams traded points for most of the third quarter as Georgetown could not get any closer than a six-point deficit. St. John's went 9-of-12 from the free throw line in the period, extending its lead to as much as 11.
A jumper from Battle cut the GU deficit to nine, 50-41, heading into the fourth quarter.
The Hoyas slowly chipped away, pulling to within five, 54-49, on a free throw from White. The Red Storm answered however, with back-to-back buckets to extend its lead back to nine, 58-49, with 2:46 left to play.
Layups from White and Battle, and a pair of free throws by Adomako, sparked a 6-1 run as Georgetown pulled within four, 59-55, with just 48 seconds left.
St. John's answered again with a layup and hit two free throws in the final seconds to seal the game.
The Blue & Gray will return home to close out the regular season with three games at McDonough Arena. GU will host Villanova University on Sunday, February 21 to start the homestand. Tipoff is scheduled for noon and will be broadcast on the BIG EAST Digital Network.
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