Jan. 21, 2017
CINCINNATI, Ohio - The Georgetown University women's basketball team (11-7, 3-5 BIG EAST) came back to defeat the Xavier University Musketeers (10-9, 2-6 BIG EAST) in overtime, 69-64, Friday evening at the Cintas Center in a BIG EAST Conference matchup. Junior guard Dorothy Adomako (Midlothian, Va./Cosby) led the way for the Hoyas with 18 points and eight rebounds.
"It was a great team effort all the way through," said Georgetown Head Coach Natasha Adair. "Players stepped up, and it was a collective unit I can't isolate anyone. We finished. We went on the road and we finished."
In GU's win on Sunday, four Hoyas scored in double figures as Adomako's 18 was followed by 15 points, 12 rebounds and five steals from senior forward Faith Woodard (Brandon, Fla./Freedom). Senior guard Mykia Jones (Raleigh, N.C./Millbrook/Wake Forest) and sophomore guard Dionna White (Baltimore, Md./Milford Mill) had 12 apiece, White added five steals and eight boards. Junior forward Cynthia Petke (Yaounde, Cameroon/-/Chipola) had 12 rebounds and four points in the game. .
The Hoyas outrebounded the Musketeers, 46-41, including 23 on the offensive glass. After a tough first half, GU shot 34.2 percent (26-of-76) from the field, and allowed Xavier 46.3 percent (25-of-54) shooting. The defense forced 22 XU turnovers on 15 steals, and also had four blocked shots.
The Hoyas were aggressive to open the game on creating chances and forcing turnovers on defense. Despite the opportunities, GU was only able to build a small lead with the shots not falling early.
A Musketeer trey late in the stanza put Xavier ahead by two. The Blue & Gray had possessions, but couldn't get it going on offense to trail, 10-8, at the end of the first. All eight points from Georgetown came in the paint as the squad struggled from outside.
Xavier opened the second quarter with back-to-back 3-pointers as the GU offense continued its cold shooting night. White answered with a pair of layups to cut the lead to four, 16-12.
With 3:05 remaining in the first half, Woodard drove to the basket and sank the layup to make it a two-point game, 20-18. However, Xavier was able to pull away in the final minute going into the break with the 28-21 lead. Georgetown couldn't hit from outside in the first with 16 points in the paint and shooting just 24.3 percent in the half.
Adomako hit GU's first 3-pointer of the game to open the second half sparking a 6-0 run as a Petke layup tied it at 28. Xavier answered with a 6-0 run of its own, before a Woodard trey stopped the momentum. At 4:03, Adomako hit another from long range to tie it at 34 as the Blue & Gray battled back.
Free throws from Woodard after two big steals put the Hoyas up for the first time in the half, 36-34. However, on the ensuing possession, the Musketeers drove to the bucket for the tying layup.
With the seconds winding down to end the quarter, Jones stepped up and hit a long 3-pointer to put the Hoyas ahead, 43-38, at the end of the third. The Blue & Gray outscored the Musketeers, 22-10 in the quarter.
Xavier pulled within one early in the fourth, but an offensive rebound from White out to Jones made it 46-42. Georgetown would cling to the lead for much of the stanza, but at 3:43 a pair of XU free throws tied it at 52.
Xavier regained the lead with GU on its heels, needing a score and a stop. The defensive stop came as Petke went up for a rebound, and after a Hoya timeout, Woodard cut it to one with a free throw.
Georgetown was forced to foul, and XU's Raeshaun Gaffney hit one to make it 57-55. The Hoyas went for one shot which was off, but Adomako grabbed the offensive rebound and was fouled on the shot. The junior hit both free throws to tie it up and gave XU one more possession. The Musketeers advanced the ball past midcourt, but on the inbound, White stuffed the passer and hit the ball out on the Musketeer to give GU the possession. White took the last shot, but was called for an offensive foul, forcing the game into overtime tied at 57.
Petke took a charge to open the overtime, and junior guard DiDi Burton (Baltimore, Md./Baltimore City College) hit a jumper giving GU the lead. On the following possession, Burton stole the ball and looked up to Jones for the layup to put Georgetown up by four, 61-57.
Down the stretch, it was a free throw from Jones and Petke taking another charge down low that sealed the victory as the Hoyas came away with the 69-64 comeback win.
Georgetown will continue the road swing on Sunday at Butler University with a 1 p.m. tipoff at historic Hinkle Fieldhouse. The game will be streamed live on the BIG EAST Digital Network and live stats will be available at www.GUHoyas.com.
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