Nov. 14, 2017
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WASHINGTON - Georgetown University Head Women's Basketball Coach James Howard made his Hilltop debut with a 93-41 victory over the Howard University Bison (0-2) Tuesday evening at McDonough Arena. After a dominant first half, the Blue & Gray cruised to victory for the first win of the 2017-18 season.
"I thought we came out on fire and focused," said Howard. "I don't know what percentage we shot from the floor early on in the first half, but it seemed like lights out. Dionna White was in a zone and that opened up a lot of things for us."
Junior guard Dionna White (Baltimore, Md./Milford Mill) led all scorers with 27 points and five steals, while senior forward Cynthia Petke (Yaounde, Cameroon/-/Chipola) scored 14 points and pulled in 14 rebounds for her first double-double of the season. Senior center Yazmine Belk (Queens, N.Y./Nazareth Regional) chipped in nine points and ten rebounds in the contest. Freshman Tatiana Thompson (Winter Haven, Fla./Winter Haven) scored 14 points with six boards in her debut.
The Hoyas shot 40.8 percent from the field and 33.3 percent from beyond the arc. The squad hit 75.0 percent from the line. Georgetown outrebounded Howard, 59-43, and forced 26 turnovers on 14 steals.
The Hoyas opened the season with a 13-2 run as White scored the first points of the 2017-18 campaign with a 3-pointer. Georgetown dominated play on both ends of the floor allowing just seven points in the first quarter as well as tallying two steals and a pair of blocks in the stanza. The Blue & Gray ended the quarter with a commanding 25-7 lead.
Three minutes into the second quarter, the Bison cut the lead to 17 on a 3-pointer from Jayla Thornton. The Hoyas answered with a 16-0 run to push the lead to 45-12 midway through the stanza. It was a balanced effort including seven points by White.
Following a free throw from Howard, White came down on the break and sank another trey. The stifling defense allowed just eight points in the quarter for the Bison as Georgetown went into the half leading, 55-15.
The numbers were impressive as the Hoyas had not scored 50 points in a half since 2013. Additionally, White's 24 points in the first tied Sugar Rodgers who had 24 in a BIG EAST Tournament game in 2013.
Early in the second half, the Bison scored back-to-back points as the team tried to keep the second half close. The Blue & Gray would maintain a small lead throughout the period despite every comeback attempt. At the end of the third, GU led 73-28.
In the final quarter, the coaching staff rotated in some of the newcomers giving first intercollegiate minutes to the freshmen on the squad. Of the 11 available players, 10 scored a point and pulled down a rebound in the game. At the final whistle, the Hoyas had the 93-41 victory.
Georgetown will have just a day off before traveling to Loyola University (Md.) for a 7 p.m. matchup on Thursday evening at Reitz Arena. Live stats and a webcast on the Patriot League Network will be available at www.GUHoyas.com.