WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University women’s basketball team had a solid first half, but could not stop a second-half run as the Hoyas fell, 60-49, to the Fordham University Rams (22-11) in the first round of the 2017 Postseason Women’s National Invitation Tournament (WNIT) Friday evening at McDonough Arena. The Hoyas finish the season with a record of 17-13 in the team’s second-consecutive trip to the postseason.
“I didn’t think there was a sense of urgency coming out of that halftime and, this time of year, it doesn’t matter what it says across your chest all of the teams that are in the postseason are good enough,” said Georgetown Head Coach Natasha Adair. “We shouldn’t get married to points, but I think we dropped our head a little bit when they started scoring and I think that’s where we needed to be more disciplined for our defense to fuel our energy to get back when the shots aren’t falling.”
Sophomore guard Dionna White (Baltimore, Md./Milford Mill) led the way with 17 points and eight rebounds as well as four steals, three assists and a block. Junior guard Dorothy Adomako (Midlothian, Va./Cosby) also had 17 points along with seven boards. Junior forward Cynthia Petke (Yaounde, Cameroon/-/Chipola College) led GU on the glass with nine rebounds.
The Hoyas were outrebounded, 45-40, and shot just 29.2 percent (19-of-65) from the field while allowing Fordham 36.8 percent (21-of-57) shooting. The Rams hit seven 3-pointers, all in the second half, but the Georgetown defense did force 16 Fordham turnovers.
Three Rams scored in double figures as Mary Goulding had 19 points and 10 rebounds, while G’mrice Davis posted 16 points and 17 boards.
The Rams scored first, but a 9-0 run by the Hoyas sparked by an Adomako layup made it 9-2 at the 3:55 mark in the first. During the run, the Blue & Gray held Fordham scoreless for almost six minutes and forced three turnovers.
Fordham tried to come back, but a late Adomako jumper made it 15-6 at the end of the first as the Hoyas were in control.
An 8-2 Ram spurt early in the second cut the lead to three, 17-14, at the 4:01 mark in the second as Georgetown went cold. However, a free throw from senior guard Jade Martin (Bloomington, Minn./John F. Kennedy) sparked an 8-0 run to end the half.
A White rebound resulted in an Adomako layup on the other end as GU upped the tempo in the final minutes. The sophomore found Adomako on the next possession as she sank a trey at 2:51. With under a minute remaining, White picked Anna Kelly’s pocket at the top of the key and went in for the layup to make it 25-14 at the half. The Blue & Gray held the Rams to single digits in both of the opening quarters.
The Rams came out firing to begin the third as the squad staged an 11-0 run early in the second half to cut the lead to three, 31-28, on back-to-back 3-pointers and force a Georgetown timeout. Another trey tied it at 31, but Woodard ended the run with a 3-pointer of her own to give the Blue & Gray the slight advantage.
Following a media timeout, the Rams continued to hit sinking another trey off of the inbounds to tie the game back at 34. Fordham added one more on the following possession to take the 37-34 lead. Even an Adomako shot at the buzzer wasn’t enough as the 27-11 run in the quarter made it 41-36 at the end of the third.
Georgetown struggled to score in the fourth as the Rams built the lead. Looking at a 12-point deficit, 48-36, GU’s first points came off of a pair of Adomako free throws at 4:46.
The Hoyas had one last effort over the final three minutes as GU managed to cut the lead to six, 51-45, on a conventional three-point play from White, and another jumper from the sophomore. That would be as close as the Hoyas would get as the squad was forced to foul and eventually fell, 60-49.