The Georgetown women’s basketball team (12-9, 5-6 Big East) returned home Sunday night after picking up two victories on the road against conference opponents. The Hoyas kicked off the weekend with a decisive 31-point victory over the Providence Friars (4-17, 0-11 Big East) before downing the Creighton Blue Jays (11-12, 5-6 Big East) 57-44.
“Closing out January, heading into February, I feel like we are definitely in a good place,” Head Coach Natasha Adair said.
Georgetown dominated the matchup with Providence from the tip to the final whistle. The Hoyas scored a season-high 31 points in the opening quarter and held a 16-point advantage at the end of the first 10 minutes.
“I think our biggest advantage was starting out good. We came in with the intention of having a good start,” sophomore guard DiDi Burton said.
The Hoyas remained in control throughout the second quarter, never allowing their lead to dip below double digits. At the end of the first half, the Friars trailed 52-34.
Georgetown’s advantage continued to grow over the course of the second half. A layup by sophomore guard Dorothy Adomako with 4:03 left to play in the third quarter ignited a 10-0 run for the Hoyas that gave them a 25-point advantage going into the final period.
The Hoyas did not let up in the fourth quarter and maintained at least a 25-point lead for the final 10 minutes. Providence never managed to mount any kind of serious comeback, and when the final buzzer sounded, Georgetown came away with a 31-point victory.
“To be able to keep our foot on the pedal and to play everyone on the team integral minutes, while not losing sight of the goal, was great,” Adair said.
Adomako shined offensively for the Hoyas, scoring a season-high 24 points on a career-high 10 made field goals. The sophomore also managed to pull down seven rebounds to go along with three assists and two steals.
“[Adomako] came out of the locker room and was a spark at the start of the game,” Adair said. “She wanted it. Her teammates were feeding her. We were putting her in a position to get those touches and get those looks, and she was knocking them down. She was just on fire, and she started the run for us that gave us the momentum right out of the gate.”
Following Friday’s contest in Providence, the Hoyas traveled to Omaha for their matchup with the Creighton Bluejays. Once again, Georgetown jumped out to an early lead, going on a 12-2 run to take a 10-point lead with 6:47 remaining in the first quarter.
However, Creighton battled back, stifling Georgetown’s offense and giving up only four points over the course of the final six minutes of the quarter. After 10 minutes of play, the Hoyas held a narrow 16-15 advantage.
“Creighton is a really good team, and if you’re not focused on defense they can rattle you,” Adomako said. “Coach had to call a timeout and bring us back together to close out the quarter.”
Georgetown came out strong in the second quarter, maintaining its lead and using a 10-point run during the final four minutes of the half to extend its advantage to 13 points before the break. The Hoyas played a solid third quarter as well, never allowing their lead to dip below nine points. Heading into the final period, Georgetown led 45-36.
Even though the Hoyas had led for the entirety of the preceding 30 minutes of play, the Blue Jays would not go down without a fight. Creighton managed to cut the deficit to five points with 2:37 remaining on the clock.
“They went on a run, but we didn’t lose our composure,” Burton said. “We had worked very hard to get to that point, and we knew if we didn’t execute it would have been all for nothing, so we all locked in and fortunately came out with the win.”
Georgetown managed to stay composed down the stretch. A layup and a jump shot on consecutive offensive possessions by Burton kicked off an 8-0 run for the Hoyas to close out the game. When time expired, Georgetown led 57-44.
“I thought we showed really good poise down the stretch. We did not panic,” Adair said. “We just had to withstand that last-minute push, and I thought we did that beautifully.”
The Hoyas were paced by senior forward Dominique Vitalis, who recorded a team-high 12 points and grabbed seven boards. Adomako and senior guard/forward Logan Battle each chipped in seven points. Adomako also had a game-high nine rebounds.
“I am proud of every person on this team,” Adair said. “They’re getting it. That light bulb is on, and they are hungry. They are talking about winning.”
The Hoyas have won three straight games and will look to extend that streak to four this Friday when they take on the Marquette Golden Eagles (11-11, 6-5 Big East) at home.
“We’ve done a good job this season holding home court. We don’t want to let go of that, and we need that momentum to carry us through next week,” Adair said.
Tipoff is set for 7:05 p.m. at McDonough Arena.
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