WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University women’s basketball team (10-12, 5-7 BIG EAST) will continue BIG EAST Conference play on Friday afternoon, matching up against the Seton Hall University Pirates at 2 p.m. at McDonough Arena. On Sunday, the Hoyas will host a 2 p.m. contest against St. John’s University. Both games will be broadcast live on the BIG EAST Digital Network (BEDN). Sunday will also be GU’s Alumni Day and the Hoyas’ annual Play4Kay event.
Senior guard Mikayla Venson (Arlington, Va./Yorktown/Virginia) led the way with 23 points going 5-for-9 from beyond the arc and scoring 20 of her points in the second half. Junior guard Dionna White (Baltimore, Md./Milford Mill) tallied 21 points along with five assists and five steals. Senior forward Cynthia Petke (Yaounde, Cameroon/-/Chipola College) managed her 11th double-double of the season with 12 points and 14 rebounds for the Blue & Gray.
The Hoyas outrebounded the Wildcats, 42-34, and forced 12 turnovers while committing a season-low five. Georgetown shot 38.7 percent (29-of-75) from the field, and allowed just 51.0 percent (25-of-49) shooting from Villanova.
Georgetown has three Hoyas averaging in double figures. White is averaging 17.5 ppg, ranking third in the BIG EAST, to go along with 6.5 rpg and a league-high 64 steals. Venson is second on the squad with 14.5 ppg, ranking ninth in the league, as well as 2.3 rpg. Petke is averaging 12.4 ppg and 9.6 rpg, which ranks 14th in points and third in the league on the boards. Senior center Yazmine Belk (Queens, N.Y./Nazareth Regional) is leading the conference in blocks with 1.9 bpg.
The Hoyas are second in the league in scoring defense allowing just 59.8 ppg, as well as second in offensive rebounds with 13.7 rpg. Georgetown is leading the league and ranked among the top 20 in the country in turnover margin, holding a +5.86 advantage. The squad is second in the league and eighth in the nation in fewest turnovers with 269 on the year.
Seton Hall is 15-9 on the season and 7-6 in league play. JaQuan Jackson is the lone Pirate averaging in double figures with 12.2 ppg. The Pirates have won five of six in league play to pull above the .500 mark for the first time after an 0-3 start.
The Hoyas are 27-36 against the Pirates and 17-13 at home. Earlier this season, a fourth-quarter comeback was not enough as GU lost to Seton Hall, 70-65, at Walsh Gymnasium. Venson led the way with a career-best 28 points. The last meeting at McDonough Arena was a 77-58 victory a season ago. Four Hoyas scored in double figures in the victory.
St. John’s is 14-10 on the season and 7-6 in the BIG EAST. Last weekend, the squad swept Butler and Xavier as Alisha Kebbe was named to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll. Kebbe averaged 13.5 ppg as well as 7.0 rpg, 4.0 apg and a pair of blocks. The Red Storm has four players averaging in double figures including Maya Singleton who is averaging a double-double for the year.
Georgetown is 28-33 all-time against the Red Storm and 17-12 in McDonough Arena. Earlier this season, GU lost in New York, 64-41. White led the way with 16 points and seven rebounds. In the last meeting in the District, the Blue & Gray fell, 71-66, last year. White and Dorothy Adomako (Midlothian, Va./Cosby) paced the Hoyas with 19 points apiece in the loss.
Fans are encouraged to wear pink on Sunday to show support of those battling breast cancer in GU’s annual Play4Kay event. Additionally, Sunday will be Alumni Day as past Hoyas will be returning to the Hilltop to honor the 1993 Sweet 16 team as well as Ebiho Ahonkhai’s (F’97) induction into Georgetown’s Athletic Hall of Fame.
Both games will be broadcast live on BEDN. Live stats will be available at www.GUHoyas.com.
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