Feb. 22, 2018
WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University women's basketball team (12-14, 7-9 BIG EAST) will close out regular season BIG EAST Conference play this weekend with a pair of matchups at McDonough Arena. On Friday morning, GU will host the Creighton University Bluejays at 11 a.m. in the Hoyas' annual School Day Game. On Sunday, Georgetown will host a 2 p.m. contest against Providence College for Senior Day. Both games will be broadcast live on the BIG EAST Digital Network (BEDN).
Georgetown is currently tied for sixth place in the league standings where the top six teams earn first-round byes in the BIG EAST Tournament.
On Monday, junior guard Dionna White (Baltimore, Md./Milford Mill) was named the BIG EAST Player of the Week. In a road swing against the two first-place teams in the BIG EAST, White averaged 30.0 points per game, along with 58.1 percent shooting, 4.0 rebounds, 2.5 steals and 2.5 assists. The junior led the Hoyas to their first win over a ranked opponent since 2014 with 33 points, four rebounds and four steals at RV/24 DePaul on Friday. She followed that with 27 points off 11-of-18 shooting, four rebounds and two dimes in Georgetown's three-point setback at -/RV Marquette on Sunday.
White began the weekend averaging 17.7 points per game and by the end of the weekend bumped that mark up to 18.6 to rank second in the BIG EAST. The junior is leading the Hoyas in scoring as well as steals averaging 2.8 spg. She also ranks 11th in the league in rebounds with 6.3 rpg and 14th in blocks with 0.6 per game. With one weekend remaining, the Hoyas are the only team so far to earn series splits with both the Blue Demons and Golden Eagles.
Following White, the Hoyas are led by senior guard Mikayla Venson (Arlington, Va./Yorktown/Virginia) who is second on the squad with 14.3 ppg, ranking ninth in the league, as well as 2.2 rpg. Senior forward Cynthia Petke (Yaounde, Cameroon/-/Chipola College) is averaging 12.9 ppg and 10.0 rpg, which ranks 12th in points and second in the league on the boards. She is one of just two players in the BIG EAST to average a double-double. Senior center Yazmine Belk (Queens, N.Y./Nazareth Regional) is leading the conference in blocks with 1.6 bpg.
The Hoyas are third in the league in scoring defense allowing just 61.3 ppg, as well as second in offensive rebounds with 13.7 rpg. Georgetown is leading the league and ranked among the top 20 in the country in turnover margin, holding a +6.12 advantage. The squad is second in the league and 10th in the nation in fewest turnovers with 315 on the year.
Creighton enters the game with a record of 17-9 overall and 11-5 in BIG EAST play. The Bluejays enter the weekend in third place in the conference. Even with a share of the BIG EAST title, Creighton can finish no higher than the No. 3 seed in the BIG EAST Tournament. However, the Bluejays could drop as low as the No. 5 seed pending the outcome of games on Friday and Sunday.
The Hoyas are 2-7 all-time against the Bluejays and 1-3 at home. Earlier this season, the Hoyas lost in Omaha, 69-58. Belk managed a double-double in the loss, while White had 18 points and Venson managed 17. Last year, GU lost, 67-59, at McDonough Arena as four Hoyas scored in double figures.
The Friars are 10-18 overall and 3-13 in league play currently sitting as the No. 9 seed. The squad is battling with Xavier for the higher of the two seeds that will play on the first day of the league tournament. The Friars have two players averaging in double figures as Jovana Nogic and Maddie Jolin are at 17.2 and 10.8 ppg, respectively.
Georgetown is 32-29 against the Friars and 17-10 at home. Earlier this season in Providence, GU downed PC, 75-43. White led the way with 25, and Venson added 19 points in the win. Last year, the Blue & Gray held on for a thrilling 72-70 overtime victory over Providence at McDonough Arena. Faith Woodard had 17 points in the victory and hit the game-tying shot to send it into overtime.
Both games will be broadcast live on BEDN with Ben Gordon-Goldstein and Monika Moore calling the action and live stats will be available at www.GUHoyas.com.
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