– The Georgetown University women's basketball team got back on the winning track with a 79-49 victory over the Rider University Broncs (4-7) Friday evening at Alumni Gymnasium. With the win, the Hoyas improve to 6-5 on the season as the game marked the nonconference finale for the Blue & Gray.
"When we win we play well defensively and we get offensive production like we did tonight," said Georgetown Head Coach James Howard
. "If we can get to 79 points consistently I think we'll be hard to beat. As long as the offensive side remains, we can continue to get better defensively and take this win into conference play."
Three Hoyas scored in double figures as graduate student Dorothy Adomako
(Midlothian, Va. / Cosby) led the way tying her career high with 25 points, eight rebounds and five steals. Senior guard Dionna White
(Baltimore, Md. / Milford Mill) posted the double-double with 14 points and 10 boards, while graduate student Mikayla Venson
(Arlington, Va. / Yorktown / Virginia) added 14 points and a pair of steals. Junior forward Anita Kelava
(Zagreb, Croatia / Croatian National Team / Maine) managed three blocks to go along with three points and five boards.
Georgetown was outrebounded by Rider 42-39. The Hoyas shot 45.9 percent (28 for 61) from the field as well as 68.4 percent (13 for 19) from the charity stripe. The defense forced the Broncs into 27.4 percent (17 of 62) shooting in the contest. The Blue & Gray forced 19 turnovers from Rider with nine steals in the game.
Rider scored first, but Adomako began the game with five quick points to give the Hoyas the lead. The Broncs answered and GU sank a 3-pointer by Venson clinging to the early advantage. The scoring was not the only momentum as the GU defense forced a number of turnovers to keep Rider at bay.
A Hoya scoring drought allowed Rider back into the game as a three beating the shot clock tied the game at nine. Adomako knocked down the and one, but a trey at the buzzer tied the game at 12 to end the first stanza.
Georgetown scored on the first possession of the second quarter and built a 19-14 lead on a 3-pointer by freshman guard Nikola Kovacikova
(Levice, Slovakia / UKF Nitra) and a bucket from White. The second period was all Hoyas as Adomako converted another three-point play, and sophomore Tatiana Thompson
(Winter Haven, Fla. / Winter Haven) was active in the paint.
Back-to-back treys from Venson and Adomako ballooned the lead to 11, 31-20, late in the second quarter. The Hoyas kept pushing to make it 35-21 at the half.
Georgetown opened the third with a 10-0 run including six points from Jones and forcing a Bronc timeout. The Hoyas led 45-21 and had no look of slowing down. Rider hit its first shot of the second half almost five minutes into the third quarter, but GU answered right back with an Adomako steal and layup. The Broncs would add points late as GU struggled to rebound on defense. This made it 50-32 at the end of the third quarter with 10 minutes left in the contest.
The Blue & Gray would control the final stanza beginning it with a 13-2 run fueled by seven points from White. The senior kept hitting as GU pulled away to make the final 79-49.
The Hoya will open BIG EAST Conference play on Saturday, December 29 at McDonough Arena as the squad hosts the Xavier University Musketeers at 5 p.m. The game will be broadcast live on the BIG EAST Digital Network (BEDN) with Matt Janus and Monica McNutt calling the action. Live stats will be available at www.GUHoyas.com
and admission will be complimentary.
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