WASHINGTON - The sixth-seeded Georgetown University women's basketball team fell to No. 3 seed host Marquette University (23-7), 80-66, in the quarterfinals of the 2017 BIG EAST Women's Basketball Tournament, presented by the Jeep Brand. With the loss, the Hoyas dropped to 17-12 overall as they continue into postseason play.
"Today was obviously not the outcome that we wanted. But like I told our team, this time of year, it just comes down to those extra-effort plays. I felt like coming out of the half, we made a run. But there were just opportunities that we needed to capitalize on that we didn't," said Georgetown Head Coach Natasha Adair. "The beauty of this team is we didn't quit, and that's just not who we are. We competed. But my hat goes off to Carolyn and her program. They stepped up. They made big shots. That's just what they do."
Sophomore guard Dionna White (Baltimore, Md./Milford Mill) led four Hoyas in double figures with 17 points, five assists and four steals. Junior guard Dorothy Adomako (Midlothian, Va./Cosby) and senior forward Faith Woodard (Brandon, Fla./Freedom) scored 13 points apiece, and Woodard had a squad-high seven rebounds. Junior forward Cynthia Petke (Yaounde, Cameroon/-/Chipola College) rounded out those in the top four with 10 points and seven boards.
The Hoyas were outrebounded, 43-34, and shot just 34.3 percent (24-for-70) from the field while they allowed Marquette 53.7 percent (29-of-54) shooting from the field. The Blue & Gray forced 17 turnovers on six steals in the contest.
Both teams began the games scoreless as it was a defensive battle until White sank a pair of free throws at 7:33. The squads traded 3-pointers with the Golden Eagles taking a slight lead on a trey midway through the period. A 3-pointer from Mykia Jones (Raleigh, N.C./Millbrook/Wake Forest) tied the game at 10, and the Blue & Gray battled to try to gain the lead.
A layup from Adomako made it 14-12, but Marquette added one more before the end of the period to tie the game at 14.
Marquette went ahead by three early in the second stanza, but it was Woodard who took over scoring GU's first four points. Over the first 4:30, the Golden Eagles staged a 10-4 run to take the six-point lead, 24-18, and forced a Hoya timeout. A trey from DiDi Burton (Baltimore, Md./Baltimore City College Prep) at the end of the shot clock cut it to three, and following an MU free throw, Petke added a layup to make it 25-23.
An 8-0 MU run broke the game open as Marquette managed a 10-point lead. Two late buckets gave the Hoyas points, but the Golden Eagles were on a roll, going into the break leading 38-27.
The teams traded buckets early, but a 7-0 run cut the lead to four, 40-36. A trey from Woodard sparked the run and Adomako followed with a pair of jumpers. Marquette moved it back to six on a fast-break layup, but the momentum was still with the Blue & Gray.
Late in the third, Marquette managed a run to make it an 11-point game. The Hoyas battled to come back, cutting it to nine in the final seconds. An MU trey at the buzzer made it 58-46 at the end of the period.
With 10 minutes to mount a comeback, the Blue & Gray fought to find some stops and points. The Golden Eagles tried to pull away, but in the final three minutes, White came to life and helped cut the lead to eight, 68-60. The comeback wasn't enough, however, and at the final buzzer, Georgetown fell, 80-66.
The Hoyas will now wait for Selection Monday to learn their postseason fate. The selections for both the NCAA Tournament and the Women's National Invitation Tournament (WNIT) will be announced on Monday, March 13 with play beginning later that week.