Feb. 24, 2017
WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University women's basketball team (17-10, 9-8 BIG EAST) fell, 80-70, to the Marquette University Golden Eagles (21-7, 12-5 BIG EAST) at the Al McGuire Center. The Hoyas could not overcome late 3-pointers to drop the first contest in a two-game road trip to close out BIG EAST Conference play.
"We were missing those extra-effort plays," said Georgetown Head Coach Natasha Adair. "We played well in spurts, but didn't put it together for a full game and you can't do that against one of the top teams in the league like Marquette."
Junior guard Dorothy Adomako (Midlothian, Va./Cosby) led the way with 21 points and a squad-high nine rebounds as three Hoyas scored in double figures. Senior forward Faith Woodard (Brandon, Fla./Freedom) and sophomore guard Dionna White (Baltimore, Md./Milford Mill) managed 18 points apiece. White also had five assists in the game.
The Hoyas were outrebounded by the Golden Eagles, 49-36, but forced 14 Marquette turnovers while committing just six. MU shot 42.2 percent (27-of-64) from the floor, while GU shot 40.3 percent (31-of-77) from the field.
The lead went back and forth early in the first as both teams sank buckets, and the Hoyas got up the floor. A Woodard layup in transition tied the game at nine midway through the stanza. Marquette moved ahead by as much as four, 13-9, but the Hoyas came back with layups from Adomako and senior guard Jade Martin (Bloomington, Minn./John F. Kennedy) to make it 14-13 at the end of the period.
Marquette held a small advantage to open the second but a 4-0 run with buckets from Adomako and Woodard gave the Blue & Gray the 19-17 lead. The defense held the Golden Eagles without a field goal for the first 5:57 of the quarter, however, GU gave away points at the line as Marquette managed to regain the lead from the charity stripe.
The Golden Eagles managed a late run to move ahead by as much as seven, 33-26. In the closing seconds of the half, junior guard DiDi Burton (Baltimore, Md./Baltimore City College) sank a 3-pointer from the top of the key to make it 33-29 at the break.
Marquette took an eight-point lead early in the third but the Hoyas answered with fast-break buckets. Treys continued to move the lead back to eight as the Blue & Gray battled but could not hit from outside the paint. Late in the quarter, GU turned it up a notch but could not overcome the Golden Eagles trailing 57-50 at the end of the third.
Georgetown opened the final period with a 5-0 to cut the lead to two, 57-55. MU answered with a 3-pointer as the game continued to be just out of reach for the Blue & Gray. Down the stretch, GU could not find the last push to eventually fall, 80-70.
The Hoyas will close out the regular season on Sunday afternoon at No. 19/18 DePaul. The contest is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. ET at McGrath-Phillips Arena and will air live on FS1. Live stats will also be available at www.GUHoyas.com.