Feb. 26, 2016
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WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University women's basketball team opened a double-digit lead midway through the third quarter and never looked back, cruising to a 49-35 win over Butler University in a BIG EAST Conference matchup at McDonough Arena on Friday. The 35 points allowed are a season low for the Blue & Gray.
With the win, the Hoyas improved to 15-12 overall and 8-9 in the BIG EAST, while the Bulldogs fell to 9-19 and 4-13 in conference play.
Dominique Vitalis (Bloomfield, N.J./Gill St. Bernad's) had her second double-double of the season, finishing with 12 points and 10 rebounds. Dionna White (Baltimore, Md./Milford Mill) tied with Vitalis for team-high honors with 12 points while also adding seven rebounds and five steals. Dorothy Adomako (Midlothian, Va./Cosby) chipped in nine points and seven rebounds. Logan Battle (Springfield, Va./West Springfield) also had 10 rebounds and DiDi Burton (Baltimore, Md./Baltimore City College Prep) added four steals to go with five points.
The Hoyas grabbed a season-high 57 rebounds, including 24 on the offensive boards, while allowing Butler to grab only 42 rebounds. GU's defense allowed a season-low 11 made field goals, while forcing 20 Butler turnovers on 12 steals. Georgetown also held an advantage in points in the paint (24-12), points off of turnovers (17-4), second chance points (18-1), fast break points (8-0) and bench points (11-5).
Both teams started slow, opening the game a combined 1-of-17 shooting as the Hoyas took a 5-0 lead into the first media timeout. In the first five minutes, Georgetown forced seven Butler turnovers while Burton had the lone field goal and Vitalis was 3-for-4 early from the free throw line.
Butler came back with a three-point play and a 3-pointer to take a 6-5 lead, but Georgetown answered with an 8-4 run to end the quarter, including a driving layup by White at the buzzer, to take a 13-10 lead after 10 minutes. A trey from Tyshell King (Baltimore, Md./St. Frances Academy) extended GU's lead to 16-10 early in the second quarter, but the Hoyas went silent on offense, not scoring for a 3:33 stretch. White ended the streak with a jumper to push Georgetown's advantage to 18-14 with 5:10 left in the first half.
After a Butler 3-pointer cut the lead to one, the Hoyas went on an 8-0 run over the final 2:34 to take a 26-17 lead into the locker room at halftime. Adomako started the run with a 3-pointer and, after a Burton free throw, White hit a breakaway layup after a steal and mid-range jumper with nine seconds left on the clock.
At the midway point, the Hoyas had forced 15 Butler turnovers on 10 steals. The 17 points allowed in the first half were the fewest by an opponent all season. White led GU with eight points and three steals while Battle had a team-high five rebounds.
A conventional three-point play by Adomako, 2:10 into the third quarter, gave the Hoyas a double digit lead, 29-19. After both sides traded baskets, a putback layup from Vitalis gave the Blue & Gray its largest lead, 35-23 with 3:48 left in the period.
Four free throws from White helped Georgetown keep its double-digit lead after three quarters, 39-28.
Butler closed to within eight, 43-35, with 3:10 left to play, but GU's defense again clamped down, not allowing the Bulldogs to get any closer. Vitalis answered with a layup and a pair of free throws to extend the lead back to 12, 47-35, and Adomako and Vitalis each hit free throws in the final 30 seconds to seal the win.
The Hoyas will close out the regular season on Sunday when Xavier University visits McDonough Arena. Tipoff is scheduled for noon and will be broadcast on the BIG EAST Digital Network. Georgetown will celebrate its five seniors Ã¢â'¬" Battle, Vitalis, Katie McCormick (Leonardtown, Md./Saint Mary's Ryken), Jasmine Jackson (Old Bridge, N.J./Old Bridge/George Mason) and Ki-Ke Rafiu (Offa, Nigeria/Saints Neuman-Goretti [Pa.]) Ã¢â'¬" in a pregame, Senior Day ceremony. Sunday is also GU's annual Play4Kay game and the Hoyas will wear pink uniforms.
To watch Sunday's contest, download the FOX Sports GO app for iOS, Android, Kindle Fire tablets and phones and select Windows devices to view BIG EAST Digital Network games on-the-go. The FOX Sports GO platform can also be accessed at FOXSportsGO.com on desktops.