Women’s Basketball | Hoyas Edge Patriots, Surpass Last Year’s Win Total

FILE PHOTO: ALEXANDER BROWN/THE HOYA Junior forward Faith Woodard was named the MVP of the TD Bank Classic after Georgetown defeated St. Francis 74-52 in the finals of the tournament. Woodard scored 15 points against St. Francis on 7-of-8 shooting from the field and grabbed six rebounds in the win. Woodard is averaging 13.0 points per game thus far in the 2015 season, starting all six games.

Junior forward Faith Woodard was named the MVP of the TD Bank Classic after Georgetown defeated St. Francis 74-52 in the finals of the tournament. 

Only six games into its 2015-16 campaign, the Georgetown women’s basketball team (5-1) has already surpassed its win total from last season. Wednesday night’s victory over George Mason (3-6) gave Georgetown its fifth win of the year and extended its win streak to three games.

Going into the matchup with the Patriots, the Hoyas were riding a wave of momentum after capturing the TD Bank Classic championship only four days prior in Burlington, Vt. Georgetown earned a 12-point victory over Quinnipiac (4-2) before beating St. Francis Brooklyn (1-4) 74-52 in the tournament finals.

“Coming on this trip over Thanksgiving, our kids were focused. We talked about it being a business trip, being on the road, being on a neutral floor, these are all good things for us,” Head Coach Natasha Adair said to guhoyas.com. “It put us in a championship situation, and it will prepare us for the rest of the season and keep building our confidence.”

Junior forward Faith Woodard’s impressive play — Woodard recorded a total 25 points and 12 rebounds over the course of the weekend — was rewarded with the honor of being named TD Bank Classic MVP while sophomore guard Dorothy Adomako and freshman guard Dionna White were both all-tournament team selections. White’s performance also earned her Big East Freshman of the Week honors for the second consecutive week.

Against George Mason, it was Woodard, Adomako and White who again led the way for Georgetown. White dominated in scoring, racking up a career-high 22 points. Adomako and Woodard chipped in 12 points each. Adomako also pulled down a game-high nine rebounds along with a career-high six blocks. Woodard and White followed close behind, grabbing eight and seven boards, respectively.

Adomako hit a jumper to open the game and White sank a three on the Hoyas’ next offensive possession to give the visitors an early lead. George Mason answered with a three, cutting Georgetown’s lead to two. Neither team would lead by more than four points for the rest of the first quarter, which saw two ties and three lead changes in 10 minutes.

The majority of the second quarter was defined by the same back-and-forth play. However, with 3:28 remaining in the period, a jumper by George Mason freshman forward Chinyere Bell ignited an 11-2 run for her team. At the end of the half, Georgetown trailed 30-21.

“At halftime we talked about all of the things we had prepped for, but in the first half we hadn’t responded,” Adair said to guhoyas.com.

Two minutes into the third quarter, the Patriots had extended their lead to 12 points. With the Hoyas trailing by the largest margin of the game, White managed to find an open Woodard, who buried a jumper and cut the Patriots’ lead to 10. Georgetown’s defense then forced a turnover and Woodard finished a layup at the other end of the floor. Woodard’s quick four points kicked off a 12-0 run for the Hoyas, and with five minutes remaining in the quarter the game, the score was tied.

The Patriots managed to end the Hoyas’ run and regained a four-point lead with 20 seconds remaining in the period. However, Woodard hit a jumper as time expired to pull Georgetown within two going into the final quarter.

“We challenged them at halftime and the team showed up big,” Adair said to guhoyas.com.

The Hoyas scored four straight points to open the fourth quarter, giving them their first lead in more than 20 minutes of play. Georgetown sustained this intensity throughout the final period, and with 0:31 left in the game, the team had extended its lead to eight points.

George Mason redshirt senior guard Taylor Brown sank two three-pointers in the final 30 seconds as the Patriots tried desperately to even the score. Georgetown maintained its composure, withstanding George Mason’s pressure and going 4-of-4 from the free-throw line down the stretch. When the final buzzer sounded, the Hoyas led 63-57.

“We beat a very good George Mason team, on the road,” Adair said to guhoyas.com. “I’m watching the team grow, I’m watching the team trust, I’m watching them win and they did it together.”

Georgetown will look to capture its sixth win of the season Saturday, when they travel to New York to take on St. Bonaventure (4-2).

The Bonnies are coming into the game after a double-overtime victory over Stony Brook (3-3), in which senior forward Katie Healy poured in 26 points. Georgetown’s defense will have to be particularly focused on containing Healy, who currently leads St. Bonaventure in scoring and rebounding, averaging 15.3 points and 7.0 boards per game.

Earlier this season, St. Bonaventure suffered a 23-point loss to No. 23 DePaul (5-2) — a Big East team that Georgetown will face twice this season during conference play. However, the Bonnies have won three of their last four games since playing the Blue Demons and will also enter Saturday’s contest on a three-game win streak.

Tipoff is set for 1:30 p.m.

The Georgetown Sports Information Office did not make Georgetown’s coaches and players available for interviews before press time.

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