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Georgetown Unable to Overcome Turnovers Against Seton Hall

The Georgetown women’s basketball team (4-23, 2-13 Big East) traveled to South Orange, N.J. on Friday to face Seton Hall (23-4, 12-3 Big East). The Hoyas were not able to pull out the win, falling to the Pirates 95-68. Georgetown committed 29 turnovers in the face of Seton Hall’s full-court pressure, allowing Seton Hall to collect 39 points off of those turnovers. The Blue and Gray also shot 39 percent (24-for-61) from the field, compared to 48 percent (31-for-64) from their opponents.

Despite the loss, Georgetown’s sophomore guard Faith Woodard recorded a career-high 24 points and 12 rebounds and was 8-for-10 from the line. Freshman guard Dorothy Adomako, who has been nothing but impressive in her first season with the Hoyas, tacked on 18 points and 5 rebounds and went 8-for-8 on the free throw line. Georgetown managed to outrebound Seton Hall 44-37, but its other troubles prevented them from stealing a win on the road.

Just over five minutes into the matchup, the two teams were tied at 11, but the Pirates put pressure on Georgetown’s offense and pulled away. Towards the end of the first half, Adomako and Vitalis reentered the game, scoring quick points in the paint. Despite this surge, the Pirates began to heat up from behind the arc and built on their lead.

Sparked by junior forward Brittany Horne’s 3-pointer with nine minutes left in the game, Georgetown made an 11-0 run. Despite this effort, it still trailed 85-57 showing just how dominant Seton Hall was from the very start.

With 7:58 left in the second half, the Hoyas made another run going 7-0. Despite both teams putting up 38 points in the second half, Georgetown was not able to come back from a 27-point first half deficit.

For the Pirates, junior guard Tabatha Richardson-Smith broke Seton Hall women’s basketball all-time record for three-pointers. She put up 23 points, including four three-pointers, and seven rebounds, while her teammate and graduate point guard Ka-Deidre Simmons put up 16 points, seven assists and four steals.

The Georgetown women will be back on the court Sunday at St. John’s with tipoff scheduled for 2 p.m.

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Super Food Not Enough to Overcome Xavier

On Friday, McDonough Arena hosted the much-anticipated “Hail to Kale” night, a promotional event designed to entice fans of Georgetown athletics to come out and support the women’s basketball team (4-21, 2-11 Big East) in its matchup against conference rival Xavier (15-10, 7-7 Big East). The Hoyas fell 60-55.

The event featured kale-inspired giveaways and competitions. The first 100 fans to arrive were fortunate enough to receive a free Kale Caesar salad to snack on during the game. Many fans had the chance to wash down their salad with a “kale blazer” smoothie courtesy of the Naked Juice Company. In addition, Naked generously provided free sweatbands that prominently showcased the company’s logo. However, many fans struggled to decide whether to wear these sweatbands or to don the specially designed “Hail to Kale” crowns that were being given out to attendees as they entered the gymnasium.

Sadly, “Hail to Kale” night was not enough to help the women’s basketball team beat Xavier. The Hoyas extended their current losing streak to nine games with tonight’s five-point loss to the Musketeers.

Both teams battled from the tip off to the final buzzer in what was an evenly matched contest. The Hoyas led by as much as 11 points in the first half, but were unable to hold onto that lead. Xavier scored 11 unanswered points before the half ended, leaving the Hoyas up by only two points going into the locker room.

In the second half, the Musketeers came out firing, taking the lead early and extending it to nine points. However, the Hoyas refused to go down without a fight. Georgetown tied the game was tied with less than five minutes to play, but was unable to hold on down the stretch. The Hoyas allowed Xavier to score five unanswered points to finish out the game.

Despite the loss, the Hoyas received impressive performances from junior forward Brittany Horne, freshman guard Dorothy Adomako, and freshman center Yazmine Belk. Horne scored a game-high 17 points for the Hoyas. Adomako also added 10 points of her own and pulled in eight rebounds. Off the bench, Belk was able to chip in seven points to go along with a game-high 12 rebounds and four blocked shots.

The Hoyas next game is scheduled for this Sunday against Butler (12-13, 8-6 Big East). Tip off will be at 4 p.m. at McDonough Arena.

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Georgetown Unable to Overcome First Half Woes

Georgetown struggled early. The visiting Wildcats scored seven straight points to start the game before junior forward Brittany Horne was able to hit a three-pointer to bring the Hoyas within four. However, Villanova answered right back with a three of their own from senior forward Emily Leer. Villanova continued to score consistently throughout the first half, while the Hoyas struggled to find the bottom of the net and were plagued by turnovers. Once Villanova took an 11-point lead with 10:28 remaining in the half, Georgetown was unable to pull within a double-digit margin for the remainder of the game.

Junior guard Caroline Coyer shined for Villanova in the first half. She led the team in both scoring and rebounds, finishing the half with 16 points and eight boards. Georgetown’s usual offensive threats, meanwhile, struggled against Villanova’s defense in the first 20 minutes. The team’s leading scorer and rebounder, freshman guard Dorothy Adomako, scored only four points and pulled down only two rebounds. Junior forward Dominique Vitalis, another typically outstanding scorer for the team, was held to only two points.

The Hoyas came out of the locker to begin the second half down 21 points. Despite being unable to overcome the first half deficit, the Hoyas showed significant signs of improvement throughout the remaining 20 minutes of the game. Georgetown made important strides defensively. The Hoyas were able to force four Villanova turnovers and did a much better job of containing Coyer, who was held to only seven points in the second half. Coyer would finish the contest with a game-high 23 points, including five three-pointers, and 13 rebounds. Continue reading

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Kale Night Receives National Attention

On Tuesday, Georgetown Athletics’ Office of Marketing announced that the Georgetown women’s basketball team (4-19, 2-9 Big East) will hold a “Hail to Kale” night, an event taking place at the team’s game against Xavier (13-9, 5-6 Big East) on Feb. 13 in McDonough Arena.

Features of “Hail to Kale” night will include free kale Caesar salads to the first 100 fans, distribution of gift cards from some of D.C.’s top kale restaurants and free admission to students that have the letters K, A, L and E in their name.

In an interview with The Washington Post, Georgetown Athletics Director of Marketing Chris Grosse said that kale has been on his mind a lot recently, for it is quite “polarizing.” The rationale behind the event, according to Grosse, is to “get people talking.” He has done just that.

“Hail to Kale” has garnered national attention, sparking the release of multiple articles from publications ranging from the Post to Sports Illustrated. Essentially, each article is building off the quirky nature of the event ­— but also praising the usage of such a nutritious vegetable at a basketball game. USA Today Sports wrote that the team “having a healthier giveaway than many hoops teams.” Meanwhile, Sports Illustrated noted that kale “seems to be everywhere these days.” Yahoo Sports, ESPN and Next Impulse Sports also have detailed the event. Georgetown’s own website calls the vegetable an “underrated superfood.” It may not be underrated much longer.

While it is attracting the most attention, kale night is not the only scheme Georgetown Athletics has been cooking up over the past week. “Hoya Shark” — a distant cousin of the famous “Left Shark” from the Super Bowl’s halftime show — made an appearance at Tuesday’s men’s basketball game against Providence.

In addition, the first 500 students in attendance at the No. 24 Georgetown men’s basketball (15-7, 7-4 Big East) game received a free “Jack Pack” shirt, a comical take on a shirt that character Dwight Schrute from NBC’s “The Office” dons in one episode.

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Women’s Basketball Tested in 2014-2015 Season

With seven games remaining before the start of the Big East tournament, the Georgetown women’s basketball team (4-19, 2-9 Big East) will look to finish the season strong as it rounds out its conference schedule. 

After undergoing a considerable amount of offseason upheaval that included the hiring of new Head Coach Natasha Adair and the loss of 2014 Big East Freshman of the Year Natalie Butler, the Hoyas were faced with another setback early in the season when sophomore forward Shayla Cooper made the decision to transfer to Ohio State after just two games.

The Hoyas have struggled throughout this season. The team lost 10 games in a row, a skid that began in November and continued through the month of December. Of those 10 losses, seven were by double-digit margins. The streak came to an end when the Hoyas topped conference competitor Marquette (5-17, 1-10 Big East) on Jan. 2. After a 20-point loss to DePaul (17-6, 9-2 Big East), the Hoyas rebounded, beating Providence (5-17, 2-9 Big East) by seven.

The Hoyas have yet to win a game since their victory over Providence on Jan. 9 and are currently experiencing a seven-game losing streak. However, the team has shown signs of improvement amid its recent slump. An overtime loss to Seton Hall (20-2, 9-1 Big East), which is currently ranked first in the Big East standings, and a mere five-point loss to third-place Butler (12-10, 8-3 Big East) are both significant signs of team growth. Continue reading

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Adomako Leads Hoyas to First Win Since November

The Georgetown women’s basketball team (3-11, 1-1 Big East) finally ended its 10 game losing streak Friday with a 83-76 home win over Marquette (4-9, 0-2 Big East).

Freshman guard Dorothy Adomako had a double-double with 21 points, including converting nine of her 11 free throws, and 13 rebounds.  It was her fifth double-double this season. Junior guard and co-captain Katie McCormick added 17 points, 12 of which were three-pointers. Junior forwards Dominique Vitalis and Brittany Horne also scored double-digit points.

The Hoyas trailed 68-69 with 4:43 remaining but took control of the game with a 10-0 run over the next three and a half minutes. Adamako and Horne both contributed heavily to the game-winning stretch.

The victory ended a losing streak that stretched back to Nov. 21. Seven of the 10 losses in the skid were by more than 12 points, including defeats by 29 points to Princeton and 23 points to Temple.

The Hoyas will now need to finish their final 16 games with a 12-4 record in order to avoid a losing season. Fans of the team, which have seen turmoil at the head coach position and watched as two of its best players transferred away, will be relieved just to see the losing streak end. And if Adomako, McCormick, Horne and Vitalis continue to play as they did Friday, then the season will end on a much happier note than it began on.

The team will play next today at McDonough Arena at 5 p.m. against DePaul (9-5, 1-1 Big East).

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