It only took 43 seconds for the Georgetown women’s basketball team (1-0) to establish a lead it would not relinquish for the remainder of the game. Junior forward Faith Woodard hit a three-pointer from the top of the key to put the Hoyas ahead and set them on the path to victory in their season opener.
Georgetown defeated Maryland Eastern Shore (0-1) 71-60 Friday night. Sophomore guard Dorothy Adomako led the Hoyas with a game-high 23 points and a game-high seven rebounds. Adomako was on the floor for 37 of the contest’s 40 minutes, the most of any player on either team.
“[Adomako] is picking up where she left off,” Head Coach Natasha Adair said. “She had another gear, and that gear is what she worked on. Her perimeter shooting versus just being someone who is attacking the basket — that developed over the summer.”
Adomako attributed much of her success to her teammates.
“I wouldn’t have been able to do it without my teammates. I think it was them setting good screens and just looking for me and looking for whoever is the open pass. I think that’s how we got the game going,” Adomako said.
Senior guard Katie McCormick also had a solid performance. McCormick had 14 points, including two three-pointers. One of those threes came with 1:14 remaining in the first quarter, capping off a 9-0 run for the Hoyas and extending their lead to 11 points.
“No one is going to work harder than Katie. As a senior, as a leader, as a captain, she leads by example. It is great to see her start the season off that way. And it’s just going to keep giving her confidence because again you want to see your hard work pay off,” Adair said. “When her first shot went in, she looked over at me, and we winked at each other, and we knew it was going to be a good day after that. Seeing us win and seeing her contribute, I am excited for game two for her.”
Georgetown remained in control of the game throughout the second quarter, never letting its lead dip below seven points. Adomako finished the first half with 12 of the team’s 30 points, and the Hoyas went into the locker room at the break with a nine-point advantage.
“We came out of the gate ready. We moved the ball. What we saw in my opinion was discipline. You saw a team. You didn’t see individuals. It was a team that executed the game plan,” Adair said.
The Hawks came out firing in the second half and were able to cut the deficit to two points midway through the third quarter after senior guard TeAmber Burke scored 10 straight points for the Hawks to cut the Hoyas’ lead to 35-33. Burke finished the game with a team-high 15 points off the bench.
Despite the pressure from UMES, Georgetown managed to keep its composure, silencing Burke for the remainder of the quarter and extending its lead back to nine points by the time the period ended.
“Those were big, big plays that [Burke] made down the stretch,” Adair said. “But every team is going to make runs, no team is going to concede, but I was proud of our players because even during that run, we never lost focus, we never felt defeated. It was just a run and we stopped it, we contained it.”
UMES made another run in the fourth quarter, cutting Georgetown’s lead to three points with 3:27 remaining in the contest. The Hoyas did not panic, and 30 seconds later Woodard hit a layup to extend the lead to five.
“Faith has been playing really well, and we needed that [basket]. Anytime we can get that momentum back, it’s great because it keeps us going,” Adomako said.
Woodard’s bucket ignited an 11-3 run to close out the contest, and when the final buzzer sounded, Georgetown had an 11-point advantage.
“Starting the fourth [quarter] we talked about finishing. We never thought about [UMES] making a run, we just thought about finishing and what we had to do,” Adair said. “[Faith] just took what was available. … She is one of the best in the country with the first quick step, and we were able to see that, and she finished around the rim.”
The Hoyas will look to build on the momentum of their first win when they take on the Virginia Tech Hokies (2-0) in their home opener Wednesday night. The Hokies come into the game after winning their first two contests of the season. Virginia Tech’s most recent win was an 80-63 victory over George Mason (1-2).
“[Wednesday’s game] is a toughness game, it is 100 percent toughness,” Adair said. “This game is going to come down to toughness and holding home court and doing all the little things that we have to do. This is that blue-collar, ‘grind it out’ game … and this will be one of the toughest games we’ll have all year. But if we are disciplined, if we do what we are supposed to do, we will get win number two.”
Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. at McDonough Arena.
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