What Team? Not Wildcats: Hoyas snap conference losing streak against Villanova

January 25, 2016

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The Georgetown women’s basketball team (10-9, 3-6 Big East) beat out Villanova (12-7, 6-3 Big East) 57-51 on Sunday afternoon in Villanova, Pennsylvania.

Georgetown freshman guard Dionna White notched her first career double-double with 20 points and 11 rebounds. Two other Hoyas, sophomore guard Dorothy Adomako and senior swingwoman Logan Battle, also put up double digits, with 13 and 12 points respectively. Adomako also posted six rebounds– an impressive line for the 5’ 5” guard. Junior forward Faith Woordard also contributed seven clutch points in the third quarter.

Villanova opened the scoring and jumped to an early 13-6 lead, but Georgetown stepped up their defense, and found their groove offensively to come back to lead by 1 to close the first quarter. The second quarter was tightly contested, with no team holding an advantage for long. A Wildcat layup at the buzzer gave Villanova a 28-26 lead at the half. In the third quarter, Woodard, Adomako, and Battle took over, and the Hoyas jumped out to a lead as large as nine points. Villanova cut it to a seven-point deficit at the end of the quarter.

The Hoyas lead 44-37 after 30 minutes of play, but a drought by Georgetown allowed a 10-0 Wildcats run, and Villanova took the lead. Adomako sparked the Georgetown offense with a two point jumper to bring the score to 47-46 Villanova with 3:32 left in the fourth quarter. White made a pair of free throws, and the Hoyas went on an 11-2 run to hang on for the win.

Shooting was the biggest disparity between the teams, with Georgetown shooting 40 percent (23-57), and 50 percent (3-6) from behind the arc. Villanova shot only 28 percent (18-64) and 30 percent (8-27) from three-point range. Poor shooting by the Wildcats was in part due to the Hoyas’ defense, which blocked 6 shots and forced 10 turnovers– five of which were steals. The Wildcats also played tight on-ball defense, forcing 13 turnovers– nine of which were steals– but lacked the ability to contest shots, blocking only one, and allowing the high Hoya shooting percentage.

The win snaps a four-game losing streak in conference play, and brings Georgetown to eighth in the Big East, 5 games behind the leader, no. 24 DePaul Blue Demons (16-6, 8-1 Big East).

The Hoyas will look to build a winning streak next weekend, with a set of away games. Tipoff against the Providence Friars is set for Friday at 7 p. m., and against the Creighton Bluejays at 2 p. m. on Sunday. Games will be broadcast on the Big East Digital Network.

Alex Lewontin
Award-winning journalist and photographer, apparently. The Voice's former executive news editor.

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