Jan. 7, 2012
TAMPA, Fla. - The No. 15/16 Georgetown University women's basketball squad held on to post a 66-56 victory over the University of South Florida Bulls (9-7, 1-1 BIG EAST) on Saturday evening in Tampa, Fla. Senior forwards Tia Magee (Tulsa, Okla./Jenks) and Adria Crawford (Alexandria, Va./Thomas Edison) both tallied double-doubles as the Hoyas improved to 13-3 on the season and 2-1 in BIG EAST Conference play.
"We needed this win on the road, but any game in the BIG EAST is always going to be an up-and-down game," said Georgetown Head Coach Terri Williams-Flournoy. "There aren't going to be blow outs because the teams are too good."
With the Sun Dome under construction, the game was held at the significantly-smaller USF Recreation Center resulting in a loud, raucous atmosphere.
Staring down a one-point lead with four minutes to go, the Hoyas went fast and furious to the finish with a 7-0 run including a backdoor layup from junior guard Sugar Rodgers (Suffolk, Va./King's Fork), a free thrown by Magee, a layup from Crawford and another by senior point guard Rubylee Wright (Latta, S.C./Latta) to make it 62-54 with under a minute to go.
Down the stretch, Crawford, Rodgers and Wright hit free throws making the final, 66-56.
To open the contest, USF jumped out to a 14-8 lead on a pair of threes from junior college transfer Inga Orekhova in her debut for the Bulls. However, the Hoyas went on a 9-0 run of its own to move ahead thanks to five points from Rodgers.
The Blue & Gray held onto the slight lead until Wright got hot and went on a 6-0 solo run to make it 30-21 including a high-arcing trey and a crafty shot fake off of the fast break.
The Hoya defense tightened up as the half wound down allowing just five Bull points in the final five minutes giving GU the 32-23 advantage going into the break. Defense was the key in the first as Georgetown forced 12 USF turnovers on eight steals and outrebounded the Bulls, 26-23.
Momentum dictated the game in the second half as both teams fed off of the crowd. A long three beating the shot clock was matched by a trey from senior Morgan Williams (Dickinson, Texas/Dickinson). Additionally, a USF three-point play didn't deter the Hoyas who answered with a put back from Crawford and a backdoor layup from classmate Alexa Roche (Bellmore, N.Y./St. Michael's Academy) to make it 49-39 with eight minutes remaining.
After leading by as much as 11 at one point, USF clawed its way back into the contest with five minutes to go. Senior forward Tommacina McBride (Cincinnati, Ohio/Mount Notre Dame) entered the game and immediately contributed four points and two boards as the Blue & Gray clung to the small advantage and finally got the 66-56 victory.
Magee, Crawford and Rodgers led Georgetown with 12 points apiece and Magee added 11 boards while Crawford had 10. It marked Magee's third-career double-double and her second of the season. Crawford notched her first double-double of the season and posted the fourth of her career. The Hoyas outrebounded the Bulls, 50-37, and forced 17 turnovers on nine steals while shooting 35.4 percent for the game.
Orekhova led USF with 18 points and Jasmine Wynne added 17.
Georgetown will be back in action on January 10 at McDonough Arena as the squad takes on the No. 3/3 University of Notre Dame Fighting Irish. Tipoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.
The game will be broadcast live on CBS College Sports with Brent Stover on the call and Debbie Antonelli doing color. Fans can listen live on www.GUHoyas.com with Ryan Sakamoto and Georgetown alum Monica McNutt calling the action. Live stats will also be available.