Sunday, February 25, 2018

Women's Basketball: Georgetown 74 Providence 48

Dionna White (#11) led Georgetown with 23 points

From our friends at Georgetown Athletics...

Hoyas Defeat Providence 74-48 in Regular Season Finale

Georgetown finishes the regular season tied for fifth in the league

The Georgetown University women’s basketball team defeated the Providence College Friars (10-20, 3-15) Sunday afternoon on Senior Day at McDonough Arena in a 74-48 victory. With the win, the Hoyas finish the regular season with a mark of 14-14 overall and 9-9 in BIG EAST Conference tying for fifth in the league. GU has earned the sixth seed and a first round bye in the BIG EAST Tournament, presented by Jeep, which will begin next weekend.

“We reached our goals today on both offense and defense,” said Georgetown Head Coach James Howard. “When we’re having that type of success, we usually do well. In the last four games we’re 3-1, we’re playing good basketball and we believe we can win and we can play with anyone. Every team is starting the tournament 0-0 so it’s about the focus, the defense and doing all of the fundamentals so we can mentally be ready.”

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Junior guard Dionna White (Baltimore, MD/Milford Mill) led the way for the Hoyas with 23 points as well as seven rebounds, five assists and four steals. Senior forward Cynthia Petke (Yaounde, Cameroon/Chipola College) had 21 points and a career-best 17 rebounds to go along with five steals. It was her 17th double-double of the season. Rounding out those in double figures was senior guard Mikayla Venson (Arlington, VA/Yorktown/Virginia) who managed 12 points and four assists.

Cynthia Petke (#5, 21 points) led all players with 17 rebounds

The Hoyas outrebounded the Friars, 40-34, and GU forced 22 turnovers on 12 steals while committing just 10 turnovers in the contest. Georgetown shot 43.9 percent (29-of-66) from the field, and allowed just 31.3 percent (15-of-48) shooting from Providence. The Blue & Gray went 14-of-17 from the line as White was 5-for-5 and Petke was 7-for-8.

Mikayla Venson (#15) added 12 points & 4 assists

The Friars tied the game at four three minutes into the contest, but a jumper from Venson sparked a 14-0 run that spanned the entirety of the stanza as Georgetown went ahead, 18-4, at the completion of the first quarter. White posted eight points during the run including a 3-pointer and a traditional three-point play.

Senior DiDi Burton (#2) scored 8 points

Georgetown added six more to open the second quarter as Petke got into the action with four points in the run. The Hoyas led 24-4 before Providence could answer with a jumper at 6:03. It marked an 11-minute scoring drought for Providence. The Blue & Gray held the Friars at a 20-point deficit as GU had an answer for every Providence bucket. On the final play of the first half, Providence managed a 3-pointer to make it 36-19 in favor of Georgetown at the break.

Senior Yazmine Belk (#32) grabbed 5 rebounds

Providence was able to cut it to 17, 38-21, early in the second half. However, a quick 5-0 run combining White and Petke made it a 22-point game. The Hoyas would hold onto the advantage for the remainder of the quarter as White and Petke continued to dominate on both ends of the floor.

Providence's Jovana Nogic led all scorers with 25 points

The fourth quarter was much of the same as PC cut it to 19, but a layup from Petke sparked a 10-0 run including six points from the senior forward as well as four points by Venson. Late in the fourth quarter, Georgetown would lead by as much as 33 points. Despite a few late buckets from the Friars, the Hoyas cruised to the 74-48 comfortable victory.

Georgetown Pep Band

The Hoyas will face the third-seeded Villanova Wildcats on Sunday in the quarterfinals of the BIG EAST Tournament at Wintrust Arena in Chicago, Illinois. The opening tip is scheduled for 9:30 PM ET. The quarterfinal game will be broadcast live on FS2. Live stats will be available at

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