WASHINGTON, D.C. — After being on the road for seven consecutive games, Georgetown is now riding a six-game winning streak after defeating their neighbor George Mason. Faith Woodard’s double-double, 17 points and 11 rebounds, in tandem with 25 points and seven rebounds from Dorothy Adomako helped the Hoyas come out on top tonight (Dec. 8) by a final score of 69-56.
“It’s so great to be back at home,” Georgetown head coach Natasha Adair said.
Adomako’s and Woodard’s performances were key in crunch time, both pitching in double-digit points and recording a 3-4 mark from three-point land. George Mason head coach Nyla Milleson even coined Adomako’s performance as “tremendous.”
“We hit pretty big shots down the stretch,” Woodard said. “They (George Mason) closed the gap during the fourth quarter, but I think Dorothy did a good job of keeping her foot on the pedal and sinking shots when we needed them to go in. We did a good job at not giving up and playing as a team.”
Woodard’s senior leadership was also a big factor in tonight’s result with the experience and confidence she brings to the table.
“I know what’s expected in the Big East and the style of play you have to bring in order to be a winning team,” Woodard said. “We brought intensity and that’s what we try to bring every game.”
The beginning of the game started out slow filled with turnovers and missed field goals from each team until Georgetown started to pull away. Although the Patriots started off with a 5-0 lead, the Hoyas went on an 18-3 run shooting lights out. Georgetown dominated the first quarter, 24-12.
George Mason responded and played a strong second quarter. They limited the turnovers, but still found themselves outscored by three (11-8) due to a last minute three-pointer by Georgetown’s Jade Martin. In the first half, George Mason had 11 turnovers that turned into 16 points for Georgetown. The Hoyas led 35-20 going into halftime.
The Patriots came out controlling the pace of the game after halftime. They picked up the intensity and outscored Georgetown 19-18 in the third quarter. The Patriots went on numerous runs to cut a 19-point deficit to only eight points late in the fourth quarter.
“We only had five turnovers the second half and I thought we guarded pretty well at half court,” Milleson said.
However, the Hoyas were just too much to match on the offensive side of the ball and led by 10 with 3:44 to go. They tallied up 20 second-chance points for the game and out-rebounded George Mason 42-34 on the evening. Georgetown also shot just below 58 percent (11-19) from behind the arc.
Milleson mentioned that she has a young team, and in order to succeed, they have to continue to battle hard and play top teams like Georgetown. When looking at the stat sheet, however, she noted her squad will have to play better against high caliber opponents like the Hoyas in order to walk away with better results.
Georgetown will look to defend their home court and extend its win streak to seven versus Alabama at home this Sunday, Dec. 11. George Mason, now 5-5 after tonight’s loss, will be on the road at Illinois State.