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Villanova Women’s Basketball Preview: Georgetown Hoyas

Two rivals set to duke it out on the court.

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Villanova Wildcats (12-2) vs. Georgetown Hoyas (7-7)

When: Wednesday, January 10, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. EST
Where: McDonough Arena, Washington, D.C.
Watch: Fox Sports Go, BIG EAST Digital Network
Georgetown’s Previous Season’s Record: 17-13, 9-9 BIG EAST
Key Players For Georgetown: #11 Dionna White (5-5) Jr., G; #15 Mikayla Venson (5-8) Sr., G; #5 Cynthia Petke (6-2) Sr., F

Scouting Report

On Wednesday, the Wildcats and Hoyas will face off at Georgetown in the fourth BIG EAST Conference Game for both teams. During the 2016-2017 season the teams met on three occasions, with Villanova coming out on top every time.

In their previous game, the Hoyas fell to Butler in another conference matchup. During the game, Cynthia Petke had her eighth double-double of the season with 12 points and 10 rebounds. After averaging only 4.9 points per game last year, Petke’s first season with Georgetown, the senior forward has developed into a team leader in time for her senior season. She’s become a double-double machine and a force on the boards. She can also stretch the floor and take her game to the perimeter, where she shoots 31 percent, second highest on the team. The top spot goes to Mikayla Venson, at 38.3 percent. Venson is enjoying her first season on the floor with the Hoyas, after having to sit out last season due to transferring in from Virginia. She’s become one of their top scoring assets—averaging 14 points a game—and really adds that threat from beyond the arc.

Dionna White is the leading player for the Hoyas. She’s been the star down in D.C. for the last couple of seasons and comes in just shy of 18 points per game. She’s one of the better two-way guards in the conference, getting buckets on one end and being a lockdown, turnover generating machine on the other. She led the Big East in steals last season and currently leads the team with just over two a game. White can score from almost anywhere, although not exactly at an efficient rate. She’s a go-to player, isn’t afraid to crash the boards, and can make an impact in almost every facet of the game. Her one downside is that she doesn’t exactly take great care of the ball, turning it over a team-high 58 times this season.

Also keep an eye out for seniors DiDi Burton and Yazmine Belk. Burton doesn’t really impact the scoreboard, although it’s a really good day if she hits double digits. She excels in almost every other level of the game and has a role in the starting five due to her ability to defend and facilitate. She is a lockdown defender and will be on one of ‘Nova’s top players at all times. She’s a tough guard and an even better distributor, boasting an assist-to-turnover ratio of almost 3-to-1. Belk is similar to Burton in that she mainly adds a defensive-type of presence, except in the interior. She just hit the 100-career blocks milestone against Butler and will look to make it tough inside for the ‘Cats.

Outlook

The Villanova Wildcats and Georgetown Hoyas have seen the same amount of conference play so far this season, with the same teams. Both ‘Nova and Georgetown have lost to Butler and Creighton and defeated Providence and Xavier so far this season.

These two teams mirror each other so much, although Villanova had the much more successful run in non-conference play. However, none of that matters now.

Both BIG EAST teams boast depth, creating an interesting matchup. Looking at the numbers, Villanova outscores Georgetown and averages fewer turnovers, but that’s just looking at statistics and evaluating this game on paper.

Georgetown is a very inconsistent team, one that goes on streaks and skids every so often. As for Villanova, it’s trying to regain consistency after such a great start to the year. Now, it seems like the Wildcats are just bouncing back-and-forth between great and disappointing displays, a win would be huge.

The game is going to be a close matchup between rival teams in conference play, and at a ‘Nova-Georgetown game, anything can happen.