Women's Basketball

Georgetown Opens BIG EAST Play at Providence and Creighton

Dec. 27, 2017

WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University women's basketball team will open BIG EAST Conference play on Thursday evening matching up against the Providence College Friars at 7 p.m. in Rhode Island. On Saturday, the Hoyas will travel to Omaha, Nebraska for a 2 p.m. ET contest. Both games will be broadcast live on the BIG EAST Digital Network.

On Thursday, Georgetown defeated the VCU Rams, 71-59, at the Siegel Center in Richmond, Virginia. With the win the Hoyas concluded nonconference play finishing at an even .500 with a mark of 5-5 overall.

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.

GU has three Hoyas averaging in double figures. White is averaging 17.6 ppg, ranking fifth in the BIG EAST, to go along with 6.8 rpg and a league-high 32 steals. Venson is second on the squad with 14.1 ppg as well as 2.7 rpg. Petke is averaging a double-double with 12.5 ppg and 10.8 rpg which ranks second in the league. She is one of just three players to average a double-double in the BIG EAST.

Providence enters conference play with a record of 7-5, and a mark of 2-3 at home. The squad finished nonconference play with a 63-55 comeback victory over Boston College last Thursday. Jovana Nogic leads the team with 19.3 ppg as well as 3.0 rpg. Maddie Jolin is the only other Friar in double figures averaging 11.3 ppg.

Georgetown is 31-29 all-time against the Friars and 13-16 on the road. The Hoyas won both meetings last season as GU managed a 72-70 overtime victory at McDonough Arena, and a 71-39 win in Rhode Island. Faith Woodard led the way in both contests with 22 points on the road and 17 points at home including the game-tying 3-pointer to send it into overtime.

Audrey Faber delivered a seven of the Creighton's record tying 17 3-pointers, but No. 13 Florida State proved too much for the Bluejays (6-4) as the Seminoles bested the squad, 92-82, on Thursday. Faber leads the way with 18.9 ppg, and is one of four Bluejays averaging in double figures. Jaylyn Agnew is second with 16.4 ppg as well as a squad-best 6.4 rpg. Olivia Elger and Sydney Lamberty round out those in double figures with 13.8 and 10.7 ppg, respectively.

Georgetown is 2-6 all-time against the Bluejays, and 1-3 on the road. Last year, the Hoyas forced overtime but couldn't find a way to come away with the victory in Omaha. The last Hoya victory on the road was during the 2015-16 season.

Thursday's 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.

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