WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University women's basketball team will host Fordham University at McDonough Arena on Friday at 7 p.m. in the first round of the Women's National Invitation Tournament (WNIT). GU is currently 17-12 on the season and finished with a 9-9 record in the BIG EAST, earning the No. 6 seed at the 2017 BIG EAST Women's Basketball Tournament.
This marks Georgetown's second-consecutive postseason berth after falling in a heartbreaker at Rutgers, 57-55, in the first round of last year's WNIT. It is also the second-straight postseason berth for Head Coach Natasha Adair in just her third season on the Hilltop. Prior to last season, GU advanced to the quarterfinals of the WNIT in 2009. Overall, this is the seventh appearance in the WNIT for the Blue & Gray and the program is 4-6 all-time in the tournament.
The Hoyas went 17-12 on the season with an impressive mark of 8-3 in nonconference play closing out the portion of the year with a seven-game win streak and a perfect 3-0 record at home. Following the nonconference schedule, the Hoyas sat at No. 3 in the first RPI of the season. In league play, Georgetown went 9-9 overall with a 5-4 record at home and a pair of overtime victories.
The Blue & Gray faced third-seeded Marquette in the BIG EAST Tournament quarterfinals after earning a first-round bye. The Hoyas fell, 80-66, to the eventual BIG EAST Tournament champions.
Sophomore guard Dionna White (Baltimore, Md./Milford Mill) leads the team in scoring with 15.2 ppg which ranks her fourth in the conference. She also has 5.0 rpg and is ranked second on the squad in assists with 78 on the season. White has 93 steals on the year to lead the BIG EAST and rank 14th in the nation. Her 3.3 steals per game leads the league and is eighth in the country. She was a Second Team All-BIG EAST honoree.
Junior guard Dorothy Adomako (Midlothian, Va./Cosby) is averaging 14.7 ppg to sit at second on the team and fifth in the league. She is third on the squad in rebounds with 6.3 rpg and has 36 blocks to rank second. Adomako was an Honorable Mention All-BIG EAST selection.
Rounding out those in double figures is senior forward Faith Woodard (Brandon, Fla./Freedom) with 14.6 ppg and a team-high 7.8 rpg. She also has a squad-best 46 blocks on the year. The Hoyas are shooting 38.8 percent on the season, and hold a +2.2 advantage in rebounding margin over opponents. The team is also averaging 9.7 steals per game.
Fordham is currently 21-11 on the season finishing fifth in the Atlantic 10 with a record of 11-5 in league play. The Rams finished regular season play winning five of their last six games before defeating Davidson in the first round of the A-10 Tournament. Fordham eventually fell to Saint Louis, 68-58, in the quarterfinals.
The Hoyas are 5-3 all-time against Fordham, and have never met in the postseason. The squad is 3-0 at home against the Rams. GU won the last meeting at McDonough Arena, 58-46, during the 2008-09 campaign.
The winner of Friday's game will play the winner of Penn State and Ohio University. The Hoyas defeated the Lady Lions earlier this season at the San Juan Shootout, 68-54.
Tickets for the game can be purchased through Georgetown's Athletic Ticket Office or at the gate. Live stats and a webcast featuring Monika Moore will be available at www.GUHoyas.com.