A second-quarter slump proved to be the downfall of the Georgetown women’s basketball team (5-2) in Saturday’s matchup with St. Bonaventure (5-2). The Hoyas fell 69-54, snapping a three-game winning streak and suffering their second loss of the season.
“Our kids were disappointed, and they weren’t okay with that outcome,” Head Coach Natasha Adair said. “We grow from it, we move on and we get ready to compete.”
Georgetown dominated the first four minutes of play and managed to take an early lead. Senior forward Dominique Vitalis led the way for the Hoyas, scoring the team’s first six points and quickly tallying three rebounds.
The Bonnies battled back from the initial deficit and tied the game halfway through the opening quarter. There were six lead changes in the final five minutes of the period as the teams traded baskets.
The second quarter opened with Georgetown leading by one point, but that advantage quickly disappeared as junior guard Imani Outlaw made two free throws, igniting a 14-2 run for St. Bonaventure.
A three-pointer from senior guard/forward Logan Battle slowed the Bonnies’ momentum and gave the Hoyas their first field goal in more than nine minutes. A jumper from sophomore guard DiDi Burton closed out the first half and Georgetown headed to the locker room down by nine.
“For the first time [this season] we were just a step slow,” Adair said. “We just weren’t in rhythm. We got shots. They just didn’t fall. … They were good shots. They were shots I have seen us take and make. It was just the night that they didn’t fall.”
The Hoyas continued to struggle in the third quarter, as the Bonnies extended their lead to as many as 15 points. Georgetown managed to string together a 5-0 run in the last two minutes of the period to cut the deficit to eight points heading into the final quarter.
The Hoyas were unable to sustain the momentum from the closing minutes of the third quarter and never seriously threatened the Bonnies’ lead in the fourth quarter. St. Bonaventure maintained a double-digit advantage for the final eight minutes of the contest. When the final buzzer sounded, Georgetown trailed by 15 points.
“Your hat goes off to St. Bonaventure. They made some big shots. They made some contested shots. They were in a rhythm on their home court and we gave that momentum,” Adair said. “We tried to rev it up defensively, and we were there. They just did one heck of a job making their shots and being disciplined.”
Freshman guard Dionna White led the way for the Hoyas in the loss, recording a team-high 17 points and continuing the impressive play that has defined her freshman campaign thus far. White has been the leading scorer in three of the Hoyas’ first seven games and has been named Big East Freshman of the Week on two occasions.
“It is always great to have a freshman that is coming in and doing well. We just have to continue to push her up and give her the ball at good spots,” sophomore guard Dorothy Adomako said.
Adomako was the only other player who managed a double-digit scoring performance. She chipped in 10 points along with five rebounds.
After scoring eight first-quarter points, Vitalis was held scoreless for the remainder of the game. However, the senior forward continued to contribute on the boards throughout the contest, pulling down a game-high nine rebounds.
“[Vitalis] has been playing really well in the post and I think she has been doing a really good job of rebounding,” Adomako said. “She has to continue it and I am really happy for her.”
With the Bonnies’ leading scorer, senior forward Katie Healy, sidelined due to injury, the team had to find other sources of offensive production. Sophomore forward Miranda Drummond and redshirt junior forward Gabby Richmond filled the void Healy left, each netting 17 points each in the contest. Senior guard Nyla Rueter also contributed 15 points and a team-high seven rebounds.
“They didn’t miss a beat without [Healy] and that goes to show the depth of their team and the discipline of their team. They didn’t get rattled. They had other scorers that stepped up,” Adair said.
Georgetown will pursue its sixth win of the season when it takes on Delaware (4-3) Thursday at McDonough Arena. The Blue Hens will come into the contest looking to extend their current winning streak to three games while the Hoyas will seek to preserve their unbeaten record at home.
“[Delaware] is going to come in with a sense of toughness,” Adair said. “We have to make sure we defend home court. We have to be excited to be home and playing on our home court, but it is going to come down to defensive stops, and that will allow us to run in transition and play up-tempo the way we want to play.”
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