– The Georgetown University women's basketball team downed the University of Pittsburgh Panthers on Monday evening in McDonough Arena 70-41. With the win, the Hoyas improve to 4-1 on the season, while the Panthers fall to 2-3.
"Two things we were focusing on before coming into this game were defense and sharing the ball," said Head Coach James Howard
. "We were able to move the ball tonight, especially in transition. Tonight's game showed who we are, and when we are doing those things, we are hard to beat. Our rebounding helped us tonight, especially on defense. We were disciplined on defense. We were able to capitalize on opportunities and send all five on the court to the glass. Brianna Jones
played big time tonight. She has been trying to find her fit and what she can do for this team and she showed us tonight."
Four different Hoyas recorded double digits, including senior Dionna White
(Baltimore, Md. / Milford Mill), who tallied a double-double with 15 points and 12 boards along with four assists. Graduate student Dorothy Adomako
(Midlothian, Va. / Cosby) recorded 14 points and nine rebounds, graduate student Mikayla Venson
(Arlington, Va. / Yorktown / Virginia) contributed 13 points and four helpers and senior Brianna Jones
(North Babylon, N.Y. / North Babylon / Louisville) rounded out the group with 10 points and four boards.
The Blue & Gray outscored the Panthers in all four quarters and outrebounded them 52-36. Georgetown shot 35.5 percent (22 for 62) and 76.2 percent from the free throw line (16 for 21). The Hoyas forced 18 turnovers from Pitt, managed six steals and hit 10 3-pointers.
Both teams started out slow, as the Panthers opened up the scoring more than three minutes into play. White finally put the Hoyas on the board at 6:04 to tie it up 3-3. Georgetown allowed just one more bucket from Pitt in the remaining time left in the quarter, while Venson sparked a seven-point scoring run for the Hoyas to give them a 10-5 lead to finish the period. Venson recorded five of GU's 10 points in the first 10 minutes.
Georgetown took control of the game in the second quarter as White led the squad. The senior guard recorded the first seven points for the Blue & Gray and gave GU a 10-point lead, putting the team up 17-7. The Panthers attempted to fight back, but could only cut the lead to no more than an eight-point difference. Jones was on fire in the second quarter, contributing 12 points off the bench. Freshman Shanniah Wright
(Brooklyn, N.Y. / Polytechnic Preparatory Day School) scored a bucket off of her own offensive rebound and Jones followed with a pair of free throws to finish off the first half as the Blue & Gray led 20-13.
The Hoyas were unstoppable in the third quarter, outscoring the Panthers 22-11. Georgetown scored its first four points off of made-free throws by Anita Kelava
(Zagreb, Croatia / Croatian National Team / Maine) and Adomako. Venson put the crowd into a frenzy after she performed a flawless crossover into a three-pointer, giving GU a 37-18 lead. The Panthers scored their first bucket of the quarter three minutes in, but seconds later, Adomako managed a steal and scored on the fast break, causing Pitt to call a timeout as GU led by 19.
Georgetown scored back-to-back buckets off of fast breaks, causing Pitt to call another timeout. The Panthers came out of the huddle downing two treys, but the Blue & Gray continued to drive to the basket to finish the third quarter 52-29.
Adomako fired a 3-pointer four minutes into the final quarter and sparked an eight-point run for the Hoyas as they led 63-35. The Blue & Gray made four treys in the quarter to create its largest lead of the game, 30 points. Pitt fought to catch up, but a pressuring Hoya defense did not allow the Panthers to generate any results. Freshman Tayanna Jones
(Selma, N.C. / North Johnston) recorded her first career 3-pointer as the Hoyas finished 70-41.
Up next, the Blue & Gray will travel to Las Vegas to compete in the South Point Thanksgiving Shootout. Georgetown will take on Buffalo on Friday, Nov. 23 at 8 p.m. ET and then No. 4 Baylor on Saturday, Nov. 24 at 10:30 p.m. ET. Live stats and a webcast will be available on GUHoyas.com. The Hoyas will return to the nation's capital on Thursday, Nov. 29 to host Fordham at 7 p.m.