– The Georgetown University women's basketball team lost in a 69-64 heartbreaker to DePaul on Friday evening at McDonough Arena in a BIG EAST matchup. The Hoyas led the Blue Demons (11-5, 2-2 BIG EAST) for almost 30 minutes but fell short in the final quarter. With the loss, GU falls to 8-8 overall and 2-3 in conference play.
"We played a top 25 team like DePaul tonight, so we knew they were going to make a run for us," said Head Coach James Howard
. "We challenged our players to come out and make the first run, which we did and we played with a lot of effort tonight, which is the way it should always be. The players that we count on each game played aggressive on both ends tonight. We'll learn from this loss and create more opportunities with it."
Graduate student Dorothy Adomako
(Midlothian, Va. / Cosby) led the Blue & Gray with 24 points and eight assists. The guard shot 66.7 percent (10 for 15) from the field and was 50 percent (3 for 6) from the free throw line. She managed three helpers and a pair of steals and blocks. Senior Dionna White
also scored in double digits, contributing 13 points for the Hoyas along with five rebounds and seven steals. Six other Hoyas added to the scoring column.
The Blue & Gray came out strong against the Blue Demons as Adomako opened up the scoring for GU 4-0. Solid rebounding from the Hoyas gave them an advantage on the defensive end, not allowing DePaul to score until halfway through the first quarter. Venson responded with a trey and White added a basket to lead DePaul 9-2. With three minutes left, the Blue Demons cut GU's lead to two after Georgetown allowed DePaul to the charity stripe. The Blue Demons took a quick lead jump after a made 3-pointer but not for long as senior Brianna Jones
(North Babylon, N.Y. / North Babylon / Louisville) made a jumper to put the Hoyas back on top. Jones sparked an 8-0 run for the Blue & Gray, but a 3-point buzzer beater from the Blue Demons cut the lead to four as GU led 17-13 going into the second quarter.
A steal and fast break layup by freshman Cassandra Gordon
(Santa Barbara, Calif. / Santa Barbara) added another two points for GU in the opening minute of the second quarter. Sophomore Tatiana Thompson
(Winter Haven, Fla. / Winter Haven) continued the momentum with back-to-back buckets to give the Hoyas a 10-point lead as well as sparkeding 9-0 run which forced DePaul to call a timeout. The Blue Demons came back out with a five-point run as they trailed 25-19. White and Adomako, as well as a bucket from junior Morgan Smith
(Upper Marlboro, Md. / Riverdale Baptist), led the squad in the remainder of the first half with a combined total of eight points to make it 36-23 in favor of the Hoyas at the break.
DePaul came out of halftime and scored a quick three points to cut the lead to eight, forcing the Blue & Gray to call a timeout in the first two minutes. Georgetown remained on top as both teams scored baskets one after another, including a pair of treys from each team within two minutes. With 1:18 left in the quarter, the Blue Demons cut GU's lead to two and tied the score with 30 seconds left at 50. Adomako made a jumper to take the lead, but DePaul evened it again at the buzzer at 52.
A pair of 3-pointers from Adomako and freshman Nikola Kovacikova
(Levice, Slovakia / UKF Nitra) kept the Hoyas neck-and-neck with DePaul who led for the majority of the final quarter. With 2:16 left to play, White managed a steal and drove to the basket while drawing a foul. The senior recorded a three-point play to put GU back on top 64-63 forcing the Blue Demons to call a timeout. DePaul came back out with four-straight baskets to finish out the game 69-64.
The Blue & Gray will remain at McDonough Arena on Sunday to host the No. 15/14 Marquette Golden Eagles in a BIG EAST matchup. The game will be broadcast live on the BIG EAST Digital Network (BEDN) and live stats will be available at www.GUHoyas.com
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