Jan. 15, 2017
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WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University women's basketball squad used huge second and third quarter efforts to down the Seton Hall University Pirates (8-10, 1-6 BIG EAST), 77-58, on Sunday afternoon at McDonough Arena. It was a team effort to improve the Hoyas to 10-7 overall and 2-4 in BIG EAST play.
"When we're defending, when we're all on a string and we're sharing the ball, it goes well for us," said Georgetown Head Coach Natasha Adair. "I challenged our posts to crash the boards, I challenged Faith Woodard that we needed rebounds from her. We talk a lot about effort on the defensive end, because our offense comes from our defense and you could see that today."
Four Hoyas scored in double figures as senior guard Mykia Jones (Raleigh, N.C./Millbrook/Wake Forest) led the way with a career-high 20 points, going 5-of-7 from beyond the arc. Senior forward Faith Woodard (Brandon, Fla./Freedom) added 19 points and eight rebounds, sophomore guard Dionna White (Baltimore, Md./Milford Mill) had 16 as well as five steals and junior guard Dorothy Adomako (Midlothian, Va./Cosby) posted 11 points in the contest.
The Hoyas outrebounded the Pirates, 43-31, including 19 offensive rebounds. GU shot 40.3 percent (29-of-72) from the field, and allowed Seton Hall 41.2 percent (21-of-51) shooting. The defense forced 25 Pirate turnovers on 15 steals, and also had five blocked shots.
White hit a 3-pointer on the opening possession of the game, but the Pirates came right back with one of their own. The squads continued to match each other as the Blue & Gray could never move ahead by more than a possession.
Midway through the first quarter, a Pirate jumper gave SHU its first lead of the contest, 12-10. However, it was Georgetown's defense and pace that kept GU right there as the Blue & Gray got out on the break.
White knocked down a pair of foul shots in the final minute, but Seton Hall answered on the other end to tie the game at 16. A late bucket from SHU gave the Pirates the 18-16 lead at the end of the quarter.
The Blue & Gray opened the second quarter with a 3-pointer from Jones to take the one-point lead, 19-18. The defense managed two stops, and jumpers from Woodard and Jones made it a 7-0 run for the Hoyas. The momentum forced an SHU timeout with Georgetown leading, 23-18.
Coming out of the timeout, the defense stopped another attempt and Woodard made the fast-break layup continuing the run. Jones added free throws, and in total, it was an 11-0 run to give the Hoyas the 27-18 lead.
Jones continued to hit as a long trey before the shot clock gave the Blue & Gray the 33-23 lead midway through the second. GU managed to hold on, making it 37-26 at the half.
Another trey opened the third as GU started with a 5-0 run. Seton Hall answered with a 3-pointer on the next possession, but the Hoyas' momentum was too much for the Pirates. It was an 18-3 run to start the half including a trio of three-point plays from Woodard as the Blue & Gray built the lead.
It was a huge third quarter for the Hoyas who outscored Seton Hall, 29-9, to give Georgetown the 66-35 lead at the end of the stanza.
Georgetown didn't let up in the final quarter and cruised to the 77-58 victory.
The Hoyas will be back in action next weekend as the squad travels to Xavier University for a Friday night matchup at 8 p.m. ET. The game will be broadcast live on FS1. Live stats will be available at www.GUHoyas.com.