Hoyas Hold Off Temple, 66-58
Jan. 2, 2013
WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University women's basketball team used a late 14-0 run to hold on and top the Temple University Owls (5-7), 66-58, Wednesday evening at McDonough Arena. Georgetown had three players in double figures as the Blue & Gray closed out a three-game homestand as well as non-conference play. GU finishes the non-conference schedule with a mark of 9-4 overall.
"Our kids are starting to show the toughness we need to go into BIG EAST play, I thought in the second half we sat down in our matchup zone and gave them problems," said Georgetown Head Coach Keith Brown. "I told them that if we defend, rebound and share the ball we can win this game. I'm proud of the girls and the way they responded to adversity."
The Owls came out hot hitting five 3-pointers in the first 10 minutes. At the 13:31 mark, a trey put TU ahead by nine, 19-10, but the Hoyas battled back with a 12-0 run.
Junior forward Andrea White (Lancaster, Va./Lancaster) sparked it with a layup and back-to-back treys from senior shooting guard Sugar Rodgers (Suffolk, Va./King's Fork) and sophomore forward Brittany Horne (Carmel, N.Y./Carmel) made it a one-point game. Horne added a three-point play on a tip in to make it 21-19 and give Georgetown its second lead of the game.
The Owls didn't go away as the shooting continued when a 3-pointer gave them the advantage back on multiple occasions down the stretch.
In the final minute, senior center Sydney Wilson (Silver Spring, Md./St. John's College Prep) hit a free throw to make it 29-27 at the break in favor of the Owls.
Temple maintained the slight advantage through the beginning of the second half, but a Rodgers layup at 12:20 gave the Blue & Gray the lead back, 42-40.
Georgetown went ahead by as much as six, but 3-pointers gave the Owls a chance to come back late leading 56-52 with 4:41 remaining.
Junior point guard Samisha Powell (Virginia Beach, Va./Princess Anne) sank a key jumper at 4:25 which was the spark the Hoyas needed to stage a 14-0 run which would secure the game. Horne contributed eight points in the run, including five free throws, while Powell had seven points.
At the final horn, the Hoyas held on for the hard-fought 66-58 victory.
Rodgers led all scorers with 21 points and 10 rebounds for her third double-double of the season and the ninth of her career. Horne scored 13 points and White had the overall performance with 11 points, seven boards, five blocks and five steals. Powell contributed 11 points and seven rebounds for the Blue & Gray.
Georgetown shot 36.5 percent for the game and outrebounded Temple, 44-40, while forcing 23 turnovers.
"Sugar was Sugar with 21 and I'm proud of Andrea (White) because both she and Brittany Horne really stepped up today," said Brown. "The MVP of the game to me though was Samisha Powell because she played 37 minutes and really held it together."
Tyonna Williams led the Owls with 18 points including five 3-pointers as Temple hit 11 on the evening.
Georgetown will open BIG EAST Conference play on Saturday, January 5 at Providence College. Tipoff against the Friars is scheduled for 2 p.m. Live stats and a webcast will be available through the PC athletic website.