Feb. 23, 2018
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WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University women's basketball team downed the Creighton University Bluejays (17-10, 11-6) Friday afternoon at McDonough Arena in a 70-67 victory. The Bluejays currently sit in third place in the BIG EAST Conference, and the victory clinched the No. 6 seed and a first round bye in the BIG EAST Tournament presented by Jeep. With the win, the Hoyas improve to 13-14 overall and 8-9 in league play with one game remaining in the regular season. Junior guard Dionna White (Baltimore, Md./Milford Mill) had a milestone as she pulled down her 500th career rebound.
"We didn't communicate coming out, but we took a quick timeout, and we were able to refocus them and they started executing the game plan," said Georgetown Head Coach James Howard. "But after DiDi Burton's five quick points, that really settled us in and we began to play our game."
Senior forward Cynthia Petke (Yaounde, Cameroon/-/Chipola College) led the way with her 16th double-double of the season with 18 points and a team-best 14 rebounds. She also had four assists and two steals. Sophomore guard Morgan Smith (Upper Marlboro, Md./Riverdale Baptist) tallied a career-high 16 points along with five rebounds, while senior guard DiDi Burton (Baltimore, Md./Baltimore City College Prep) had 14 points. White managed a solid performance with 12 points, eight rebounds, eight assists and five steals.
The Hoyas outrebounded the Bluejays, 40-28, and GU forced 15 turnovers on nine steals while committing just 13 turnovers in the contest. Georgetown shot 44.3 percent (27-of-61) from the field, and allowed 40.0 percent (21-of-52) shooting from Creighton. The Bluejays were hot from beyond the arc hitting 14 in the game, however the Blue & Gray went an impressive 12-of-12 from the line.
Creighton jumped out to a quick 12-0 lead, but it was Burton who led a comeback with seven quick points to get the Hoyas right back in the game. The Bluejays were on fire scoring their first 18 points on six 3-pointers as the GU defense was forced to weather the storm.
Looking at an eight-point deficit with 2:17 remaining in the first, a layup from Petke was followed by a 3-pointer by freshman Tatiana Thompson (Winter Haven, Fla./Winter Haven) as GU mounted the comeback. Smith knocked down a pair of free throws, but the big play came on Creighton's final shot as a double team allowed White the steal and layup at the buzzer as the Hoyas ended the quarter leading 20-19.
A Petke jumper opened the second quarter, but Creighton answered back with another 3-pointer. It would continue to be a one-possession game until the 4:53 mark when a Petke layup sparked an 8-0 run to make it 39-27 in favor of the Blue & Gray. The Bluejays ended the quarter on an 8-0 run of their own to make it 39-35 with the Hoyas leading at the half.
The Creighton run continued early in the second half as a trey cut Georgetown's advantage to one, 39-38. Petke ended it with a post move in the lane, and White added a pair of free throws as the Blue & Gray clung to a small lead. Smith would sink a pair of free throws in the final second of the third quarter for the Hoyas to hold the 55-49 advantage at the end of the period.
Georgetown struggled to hit as the final stanza began, but the defense was able to come up with stops to hang onto the lead. The game changed at 6:59 as a free throw from Smith sparked a 9-0 run allowing the Hoyas to move ahead by 13, their largest lead to that point.
The Bluejays would look to come back as the Hoyas committed turnovers down the stretch. In the final two minutes, GU was able to hang on for the 70-67 victory.
The Hoyas will close out the regular season on Sunday as the squad hosts the Providence College Friars at 2 p.m. at McDonough Arena. The game will be broadcast live on the BIG EAST Digital Network (BEDN) with Ben Gordon-Goldstein and Monika Moore calling the action. Live stats will be available at www.GUHoyas.com. Sunday will also be Georgetown's Senior Day and Kids Take Over McDonough.
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