Saturday, February 28, 2015

Women's Basketball: Creighton 71 Georgetown 62

DiDi Burton (#2) led Georgetown with 13 points

From our friends at Georgetown Athletics...

Georgetown Falls Short in Home Finale

Hoyas will finish the regular season at Providence on Sunday

The Georgetown University women's basketball team (4-25, 2-15 BIG EAST) fell just short to the Creighton University Bluejays (17-11, 10-7 BIG EAST), 71-62, Friday evening at McDonough Arena in a BIG EAST Conference game. The contest was GU's final home game of the season and senior day for manager Nicole McKenzie. It was also Georgetown's annual Play4Kay event.

"When you have an opportunity, you can't leave it short," said Georgetown Head Coach Natasha Adair. "I thought we put ourselves in a great position to win, we had multiple opportunities, but when the game was a two-point game with one minute and 15 seconds left, we had three-straight turnovers. It wasn't for lack of want, it wasn't for lack of fight, it wasn't for lack of effort. The difference is having the self-discipline and patience to not press in every situation."

Katie McCormick (#1) scored 11 points

Freshman guard DiDi Burton (Baltimore, Md./Baltimore City College Prep) led the way for the Hoyas with a career-best 13 points as well as four assists and three rebounds. Junior guard Katie McCormick (Leonardtown, Md./St. Mary's Ryken) added 11 points going 3-of-5 from beyond the arc. Sophomore Jade Martin (Bloomington, Minn./John F. Kennedy) had a complete game with five points, four assists and a squad-best nine rebounds.

Jade Martin (#13) led the Hoyas with 9 rebounds

The Hoyas were outrebounded 36-35, but had a season-low 10 turnovers to Creighton's 13. The Blue & Gray managed 16 points off turnovers as well as 29 bench points.

Eyes on the prize: DiDi Burton (#2)

Georgetown shot 41.3 percent (26-for-63) from the field, but the Bluejays hit 45.3 percent on a 24-of-53 performance.

Logan Battle (#22) grabbed 6 rebounds

Georgetown came out fired up as junior guard Logan Battle (Springfield, Va./West Springfield) hit an early 3-pointer and the lead went back and forth. Creighton began to heat up from downtown to take the 13-7 advantage, but the momentum was stopped when Battle took a charge to call off a Bluejay basket and give GU possession. Freshman center Yazmine Belk (Queens, N.Y./Nazareth Regional) converted the three-point play on the other end as the Blue & Gray continued to fight.

Nice block for junior Brittany Horne (#33)

The Bluejays regained their advantage as GU struggled from the field to move ahead by as much as 11 on a 7-0 run. Belk backed in and made a layup to stop the run showing her strength in the paint, but Creighton always had an answer.

Count two for Brittany Horne (#33) 

McCormick took over the point and managed back-to-back 3-pointers to keep it close, as the defense searched for stops.

Marissa Janning (#23) led Creighton with 14 points

A 7-0 Georgetown run made it a game again as Martin knocked down a free throw and Belk added a pair of layups to cut it to six, 29-23. Burton completed the run with a layup as GU battled with four minutes remaining in the first.

Late in the half, Martin came up with a huge second-chance basket on pure hustle. The defense made the stop, and Horne converted another offensive rebound to make it a three-point game.

Creighton managed a layup making the score 34-29 with one minute remaining and the Blue & Gray had a good look, but couldn't find the bottom of the net. A late foul gave the Bluejays the one and one as GU went into the break trailing, 36-29.

Seven different Hoyas tallied a point in the first half and the Blue & Gray had just four turnovers while forcing eight by the Bluejays for 15 points off turnovers.

Hoyas Head Coach Natasha Adair

Burton opened the second half with a 3-pointer and the defense was solid as GU chipped away at the lead. Georgetown made it a two-possession game more than once, but every time, Creighton found a way to keep the Blue & Gray at bay.

Dorothy Adomako (#34) added 8 points & 4 rebounds

With six minutes remaining, Burton slashed through the lane to lay it in on the left side to cut the lead to six, 62-56. The defense continued to play well, giving GU a chance to make a run and freshman guard Dorothy Adomako (Midlothian, Va./Cosby) found a way with a layup to cut it to four.

At the four-minute mark, McCormick nailed a trey in the corner to make it a one-point game. Creighton answered, and a potential three-point play was waved off as Georgetown searched for the go-ahead basket. Martin was a vital piece of the comeback as she was all over the boards for the Hoyas.

Battle hit a free throw to make it 64-62 and with two minutes to go, the defense came up with a stop. GU had a chance at the line, but the front end of the bonus was short giving the Bluejays the ball back.

They hit a trey to get some breathing room and managed a turnover as the game began slipping away for the Hoyas. Free throws down the stretch were too much as the Blue & Gray eventually fell, 71-62.

Georgetown will close out the regular season on Sunday at Providence College. The game is scheduled to tip at noon and will be broadcast live on Georgetown's athletic website. Live stats will also be available at

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