WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University women's basketball team will open the 2017-18 season on Tuesday evening, hosting the Howard University Bison at 7 p.m., at McDonough Arena. The Hoyas are coming off of a season where the squad had its second-consecutive WNIT berth.
Tuesday marks the first game of the James Howard era as he was named the 10th head coach in Georgetown women's basketball history in June 2017. He was promoted after serving as the associate head coach for two seasons. Howard returned to the Hilltop after being an assistant coach for the Blue & Gray during the 1997-98 season.
Junior Dionna White (Baltimore, Md./Milford Mill) earned unanimous BIG EAST Conference Preseason honors at the league's annual women's basketball media day held at Madison Square Garden in New York City in October. Additionally, the Hoyas were picked to finish fifth in the BIG EAST Preseason Coaches' Poll, receiving 43 points. White led the Hoyas in scoring last season with 15.2 ppg as well as a squad-best 46 3-pointer's. She managed a team-high 97 steals on the defensive end and also pulled down 5.1 rpg. White was second on the team in assists with 92 and posted 16 blocked shots. She was a Second Team All-BIG EAST honoree as a sophomore.
Howard dropped its season opener versus the William & Mary Tribe, 83-71, at Burr Gymnasium on Saturday. Overall, the Bison shot 50-percent (27-of-54) from the floor; however, were unable to recover from 31 turnovers, including 20 in the first half. In her collegiate debut, freshman Curstyn Moore guided the Bison attack with a team-high 20 points on 7-of-11 shooting. Sophomore Sarah Edmond flirted with a double-double, posting 16 points and eight boards in 40 minutes of action.
The Hoyas are 7-9 all-time against the Bison but the teams have not met since 1986. In the last game, Georgetown won, 53-50, at the GW/Washington Times Invitational. The teams met consecutively from 1974-86.
Tipoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. Live stats and a webcast featuring Monika Moore will be available at www.GUHoyas.com.