Feb. 26, 2017
WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University women's basketball team (17-11, 9-9 BIG EAST) could not complete a big comeback to fall, 79-70, to the No. 19/18 DePaul University Blue Demons (24-6, 16-2 BIG EAST). Senior forward Faith Woodard (Brandon, Fla./Freedom) led the way for the Hoyas with a career-best 31 points and 11 rebounds for the double-double in her final BIG EAST regular season contest.
"We showed a lot of fight, but we spotted them too many points and you can't do that against a top 25 team," said Georgetown Head Coach Natasha Adair. "Faith Woodard put the team on her back, as seniors do, and I was proud of their fight and their resilience to get back in the game."
Woodard was the lone Hoya in double figures as sophomore guard Dionna White (Baltimore, Md./Milford Mill) added nine points, five steals and five rebounds for the Blue & Gray. The Hoyas were outrebounded by the Blue Demons, 38-37, but forced 18 DePaul turnovers on 14 steals. DePaul shot 49.2 percent (29-of-59) from the floor, while GU shot 34.8 percent (24-of-69) from the field.
The squads matched points on the opening possessions, but the Blue Demons followed that up with a 6-0 run to force an early Georgetown timeout. DePaul added nine more as GU struggled to score. The Hoyas trailed by as much as 17 in the first stanza.
The lone bright spots in the first were Woodard, who scored all 10 of Georgetown's 15 points, and the defense which came away with five steals, totaling six forced Blue Demon turnovers. At the end of the stanza, the Hoyas trailed, 31-15.
The Blue & Gray had an uphill battle and needed stops to get back in the game in the second quarter. While the defense did find some stops, on offense, GU was held without a field goal for the first seven minutes of the period.
Trailing by 21 with 1:41 remaining, GU staged a 9-2 run to close out the half as White managed five points in the spurt to make it 48-34 at the break.
The Hoyas battled throughout the third quarter, trying to chip away at the lead. Midway through the quarter, back-to-back steals resulted in a pair of Woodard layups to cut the lead to 12, 59-47. Minutes later, Woodard hit a bucket and a block from junior guard Dorothy Adomako (Midlothian, Va./Cosby) on the other end resulted in one more from the senior to cut it to eight, 61-53, and force a Blue Demon timeout.
Following a drought for both squads, Woodard knocked down three free throws to make it 61-56. DePaul answered with one from the charity stripe, but Woodard came right back with a pair of her own. One final DePaul free throw made it 63-58 at the end of the third.
Georgetown trailed by as much as 21 at one point and brought it back to a two-possession game with one quarter to play.
DePaul opened the fourth with a 4-0 run, and the Hoyas battled but never found the answer. Tough shooting down the stretch allowed the Blue Demons to pull away. At the final buzzer, DePaul had the 79-70 decision.
The Hoyas have secured the No. 6 seed in the BIG EAST Tournament and earned a first round bye. Georgetown will face the No. 3 seeded Marquette Golden Eagles on Sunday at 3:30 p.m. ET at the Al McGuire Center. Fans can tune in live on FS2 or follow the live stats at GUHoyas.com.