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Women’s Hoops Pre-Game Primer: Hoyas return to McDonough after three straight wins on the road

February 5, 2016


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It’s been just under three weeks since the Georgetown women’s basketball team (12-9, 5-6 Big East) last played in McDonough Arena, but that hasn’t stopped the Blue and Gray from racking up three key road wins against Big East opponents. Heading into a matchup with Marquette (11-11, 6-5 Big East) Friday night, the Hoyas are fresh off wins against Villanova (14-8, 7-4 Big East), Providence (4-17, 0-11 Big East), and Creighton (11-12, 5-6 Big East).

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This bounceback followed a tough four-loss stretch for the team, and head coach Natasha Adair is pleased with where her squad is heading.

“As a coach, to see your team grow and apply what we’re emphasizing and what we’re teaching, it’s exciting to watch,” Adair said.

When the Hoyas traveled to Milwaukee earlier this season, the Golden Eagles were able to rally and win the game 87-72, after being down the entire first three quarters.

Both the team and Adair are keeping that tough loss in their minds as they host Marquette tonight, but they are also confident that this time will be different.

“Watching that game over…I mean we were up 18,” Adair said. “It wasn’t a matter of finishing. We just relaxed.”

With Marquette sitting at 6-5 in the Big East and Georgetown at 5-6, this game could prove to be huge in terms of conference standing for both teams. For Marquette, freshman guard Allazia Blockton leads the way, averaging 18.9 points, 3 assists, and 7.6 rebounds per game.

For the home side, the Blue and Gray will look for production from rising star freshman guard Dionna White and sophomore guard Dorothy Adomako, who are averaging 14.6 and 14 points per game respectively. However, the Hoyas aren’t too concerned about whether or not players put up huge point totals, especially in the continuity offense that they run.

Our depth is our strength,” Adair explained. “We really never talk about who gets the credit. They may try to deny Dorothy and Dionna. Our players, whether it be the first five or the bench, are confident. It’s the win that matters.”

Defense has also been an important and unique area of focus for Georgetown, and they are hoping to counter the fast-paced, high-scoring Marquette offense which averages 78 points per game.

“We’re the team in the league right now that really takes pride in defense,” Adair said. “Pretty much everyone else wants to score.”

The Hoyas have a tough weekend ahead of them, hosting Marquette tonight and Depaul (17-7, 9-2 Big East) on Sunday. However, head coach Adair isn’t letting the tough games down the road get in the way of what’s important right now.

“I think the next hurdle is beating Marquette,” Adair emphasized. “That’s the hurdle in front of us. That’s the next hurdle.”

Tip-off is slated for 7:00 p.m. tonight in McDonough Arena. The game will be broadcast live on the Big East Digital Network.



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