The Georgetown women’s basketball team’s arrival in Rome Aug. 14 marked the beginning of a 10-day European tour that included countless hours of travel, innumerable sightseeing experiences and three preseason contests.
The Hoyas spent two days traversing Rome, touring both the remains of the Holy Roman Empire and the ruins of ancient Rome as well as visiting the city’s most famous fountains and piazzas before heading to Florence for their first game.
In Florence, the Blue and Gray faced off against the Cameroon national team. Cameroon took control early, establishing a lead that forced the Hoyas to play mostly from behind from the outset. The Hoyas found themselves trailing by five points at the end of the first half.
Georgetown trailed for much of the second half as well, falling behind by as many as 10 points. But the Hoyas would not go down without a fight, and with just 10 minutes remaining in the contest they went on a 10-2 run to pull within two points. With 3:34 left on the clock, senior guard Logan Battle scored to tie the game at 46.
However, the Hoyas could not hold on to the momentum that had propelled their comeback. Ultimately, Georgetown, failing to get the defensive stops it needed down the stretch, trailed 53-48 when the final buzzer sounded.
Battle was the leading scorer for the Hoyas, netting 10 points in the loss. Junior guard Faith Woodard chipped in eight points.
The Hoyas departed from Florence the following day and travelled north for a boat excursion on Lake Como and a tour of the city of Bellagio. The team’s next stop was Monaco, a tiny country located on France’s Mediterranean coastline. The Hoyas spent time exploring parts of Monaco before heading to Marseille, France where they would face off against SMUC Marseille in their next matchup.
“This trip has been a great experience; it’s been breathtaking,” sophomore guard Dorothy Adomako said to GUHoyas.com. “We’ve seen things that we’ve never seen before. You see places in pictures and you never think you’ll go there, and being there has been amazing.”
Georgetown trailed at the start of the contest in Marseille but would not remain behind for long, as Adomako and freshman guard Dionna White led an explosive 19-0 run that put the Hoyas up by 11 points. The Hoyas then went on a 51-6 run that spanned the final 14 minutes of the first half, giving them a comfortable 37-point lead at the break.
Georgetown remained dominant throughout the second half of the contest as well, extending its lead even further on its way to downing SMUC Marseille by an impressive 54-point margin.
Five players scored in double figures for the Hoyas. Adomako led the team with 19 points to go along with nine steals, and senior forward Dominique Vitalis pulled down a team-high 10 rebounds.
As a unit, Georgetown out-rebounded its opponent 48-23 and recorded a stunning 37 steals. The Hoyas also forced 41 turnovers.
From Marseille, the team traveled by train to Paris and enjoyed a full day of tourism that included a guided tour of the city as well as a cruise on the River Seine.
“This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, so I just want to take advantage of it,” sophomore center Yazmine Belk said to GUHoyas.com. “A lot of people don’t get the chance to see Paris like this.”
The Hoyas were back on the court the next day to play the final game of their overseas trip against the AWM All-Stars. Georgetown jumped out to an early lead, scoring 10 straight points to open the contest. Later, the Hoyas went on an 18-0 run to extend their lead, and by the end of the first half, the Hoyas led 52-16.
The Hoyas continued to dominate throughout the second half and secured a 116-41 victory, improving their record to 2-1 for the trip.
Every available player scored at least four points for the Hoyas in the final contest, and five players scored in double figures. Woodard led the team with 21 points, followed closely by Adomako, who added 20.
However, it was White who really stole the show. The freshman posted a double-double, scoring 16 points to go along with 11 steals. White also pulled down eight rebounds and had five assists.
“I felt really good about the game, just about what our mission was coming here and building as a team,” Head Coach Natasha Adair said to GUHoyas.com. “I’m just proud of the way our players responded and the whole experience. We experienced culture and team bonding. This is a great way for us to finish and prepare for our upcoming season.”
The Hoyas celebrated their final victory and capped off their time in Paris with a traditional French dinner and a trip to the top of the Eiffel Tower. The team’s European tour came to a close the following day when it departed Paris on a plane bound for Washington, D.C.
Georgetown’s first regular season game is scheduled for Nov. 13.
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