Dec. 21, 2017
RICHMOND, Va. - The Georgetown University women's basketball team defeated the VCU Rams (2-8), 71-59, Thursday evening at the Siegel Center in Richmond, Virginia. With the win the Hoyas conclude nonconference play finishing at an even .500 with a mark of 5-5 overall.
"It was great to get our top three scorers back into double figures," said Georgetown Head Coach James Howard. "I thought we did some things early defensively to take them out of their flow. It was a game to build on and we'll keep working to put 40 minutes together."
Junior guard Dionna White (Baltimore, Md./Milford Mill) led the way with 21 points, four rebounds and five steals. She was followed by senior guard Mikayla Venson (Arlington, Va./Yorktown) who tallied 19 points and had three steals as well as three rebounds. Rounding out those in double figures was senior forward Cynthia Petke (Yaounde, Cameroon/-/Chipola) adding 10 points and 12 boards for her seventh double-double of the season.
Georgetown was outrebounded by the Rams, 42-28, but shot 49.1 percent (28-of-57) in the contest. VCU hit 32.1 percent (17-of-53) from the field and committed 24 turnovers in the game. Georgetown managed 16 steals and hit seven 3-pointers.
The Hoyas opened the game on an 11-2 run as Venson and Petke combined for five and four of the points in the run, respectively. Georgetown found opportunities in transition resulting in the early lead. The Blue & Gray continued to pressure and, after some big blocks from Belk in the paint, found points on the other end moving ahead by as much as 13 and forcing another VCU timeout.
Free throws allowed the Rams to find some offense, but the Hoyas always had an answer and ended the first quarter leading, 23-8.
VCU began the second quarter on an 8-0 run cutting the lead to just seven, 23-16. White ended the run with a trey at the 5:11 mark, but the Rams would pull within five, 27-22, with 1:28 left to play. Over the final 29 seconds of the half, Venson sank and jumper and a 3-pointer at the buzzer to make it, 32-22, in favor of the Blue & Gray going into the break.
Burton hit a 3-pointer on the opening possession of the third quarter, but VCU answered with a 5-0 run including a three-point play. White stopped the momentum with six quick points and the Hoyas continued to build the lead. The Rams knocked down a pair of free throws, but White added a trey and a fast-break layup to make it 48-29 and force a VCU timeout.
VCU could not stop White in the stanza as she ended the quarter with 13 points and the Hoyas had the 56-39 lead.
In the final frame, the Rams put on a full-court press looking for a comeback. The press resulted in a small spurt from VCU cutting the lead to nine, 64-55. But it wasn't enough, as the Hoyas went on to win, 71-59.
The Hoyas will open BIG EAST Conference play on the road as the squad travels to Providence College for a matchup on December 28. Tipoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. The game will be broadcast live on the BIG EAST Digital Network with Chris Fama and Peter Gay calling the action. Live stats will be available at www.GUHoyas.com.