The Georgetown women’s basketball team kicks off their 2015-16 regular season against University of Maryland-Eastern Shore this Friday at 6 p.m. The Hoyas are looking to make this their second straight season-opening victory against the Hawks after a comfortable 88-75 win at home in the McDonough Gymnasium last year.
However, the win against UMES was one of only four victories last season for the Blue and Gray; the team went 4-27, 2-16 in Big East play. Head coach Natasha Adair and her players are looking to build on the tough season and be serious contenders in the Big East this year.
“The thing we talk about is discipline,” Adair said. “We led the Big East in rebounding [last year], but didn’t capitalize that. So, we want to be more disciplined in every area.”
Sophomore Dorothy Adomako, the 2014-15 Big East Freshman of the Year, will have to continue to dominate if the Hoyas are looking to be serious competitors in the Big East. Adomako led the team last year with 13.1 points per game and 6.8 rebounds per game.
“Getting Big East Freshman of the Year was a good accomplishment, but I can’t really look at that and take that to the head,” Adomako said. “I have bigger goals — being the Big East Player of the Year, and just helping my team win as much as possible.”
All five of the 2014-15 starters for the Hoyas are returning for this season, including Adomako, senior Dominique Vitalis, senior Logan Battle, junior Faith Woodard, and sophomore DiDi Burton. With such a large returning cast, the Blue and Gray are looking to cement themselves as an experienced team in the Big East.
“Experience is the best teacher,” Adair said. “They’ve had the experience on and off the court. Now, they’re stronger; they’re tougher.”
The Hoyas have high aspirations for this year, but turning around a difficult season such as last year’s is no easy task. Yet, the Hoyas take a positive look on the struggles of last season, and plan to use it to fuel them into a new year and a stronger team.
“I thought we were a team that competed, but we didn’t finish. We need to finish what we started,” Adair said. “I don’t want to say we want to win 20 games, I want to win them all.”