– The Georgetown University women's basketball team got back on the winning track with a 58-38 victory over the Fordham University Rams (4-4) Thursday evening at McDonough Arena. With the win, the Hoyas improve to 5-3 on the season with three nonconference games remaining including two at home.
"We pride ourselves on the defensive end, and tonight, we defended well," said Georgetown Head Coach James Howard
. "Fordham is a very tough team, so we had to open the floor and take advantage of some mismatches that we felt we could attack off of the perimeter. Our three seniors were our leading scorers tonight and that's who we are and we go off of them."
Three Hoyas scored in double figures as senior guard Dionna White
(Baltimore, Md. / Milford Mill) led the way with 15 points and six rebounds. Graduate student Dorothy Adomako
(Midlothian, Va. / Cosby) posted the double-double with 13 points and 10 boards, while graduate student Mikayla Venson
(Arlington, Va. / Yorktown / Virginia) added 12 points and a pair of steals. Junior forward Anita Kelava
(Zagreb, Croatia / Croatian National Team / Maine) managed four blocks to go along with six points and four boards.
Georgetown outrebounded Fordham 40-34 on the glass. The Hoyas shot 39.6 percent (21 for 53) from the field as well as 68.8 percent (11 for 16) from the charity stripe. The defense forced the Rams into 26.4 percent (14 of 53) shooting in the contest. The Blue & Gray forced 13 turnovers from Fordham with six steals in the game. Bre Cavanaugh led the Rams with 10 points in the game.
Georgetown jumped out to a quick five-point lead, 7-5, as senior guard Brianna Jones
(North Babylon, N.Y. / North Babylon / Louisville) nailed a trey. The Rams matched the triple but the Hoyas came right back to lead by six as Adomako was active in the paint. With the score at 13-7, Fordham managed a 7-0 run late in the stanza to take a one-point lead on a free throw by Cavanaugh. Adomako came right back down and hit a jumper, and Venson knocked down a 3-pointer just before the buzzer to make it 18-14 in favor of the Blue & Gray at the end of the first.
White opened the second half with a layup which would spark a 9-0 run as the Hoyas made it 27-17 on five points from junior guard Morgan Smith
(Upper Marlboro, Md. / Riverdale Baptist) and forcing a Fordham timeout. The Rams came out of the timeout and scored, but free throws from Venson and a fast break layup by Kelava pushed it to 31-19.
Fordham cut it to five late in the half, and a free throw with two seconds on the clock made it 32-28 in favor of the Hoyas at the half.
White connected on a layup to begin the third quarter, but after a scoring drought from both squads, a trey from the Rams made it a three-point game 34-31. The scoring woes for both sides continued, and another layup from White as well as a jumper by Adomako put the score at 38-31 with 3:45 remaining in the quarter. In the final minute, White knocked down a 3-pointer to make it 42-33 at the end of the third.
It was Venson who continued to build the lead in the fourth as she hit a 3-pointer at the 7:35 mark. White scored on the break to give Georgetown the 14-point lead and then Adomako completed the three-point play as the Blue & Gray began to pull away. The Hoyas would put on a show late, and Fordham had no answer as Georgetown cruised to the eventual 58-38 victory.
The Hoyas will be back in action on Sunday as the squad hosts the VCU Rams on Sunday at 2 p.m. Live stats and a webcast featuring Monika Moore will be available at www.GUHoyas.com.