Jan. 9, 2013
WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University women's basketball squad fell to the No. 3/2 University of Connecticut Huskies (13-1, 1-1 BIG EAST), 75-48, at McDonough Arena Wednesday evening in Georgetown's BIG EAST Conference home opener. The Hoyas were close in the first half, but turnovers in the second made the difference. With the loss, the Blue & Gray dropped to 10-5 overall and 1-1 in BIG EAST play.
"We played extremely hard tonight, but giving up 30 points off of turnovers is tough," said Georgetown Head Coach Keith Brown. "We did a lot of things that we wanted to do, but we didn't execute them all."
The Huskies jumped out to an early lead moving ahead by as much as 17 with 8:10 remaining in the first half.
Georgetown battled back with an 8-1 run to cut it to nine. Senior shooting guard Sugar Rodgers (Suffolk, Va./King's Fork) sparked the run with a jump shot and added a second less than a minute later. Senior center Vanessa Moore (Hackettstown, N.J./Pope XXIII) hit a layup and Rodgers buried a trey to cut it to nine with 4:51 remaining in the half.
The Blue & Gray held it to nine, but a late Connecticut rally made it 38-23 at the break.
During the crucial first five minutes of the second half, the Huskies were hot from beyond the arc hitting six 3-pointers in the first seven minutes of the half to go ahead by 25, 62-37.
From that point on, it was an uphill battle for the Hoyas who went down by as much as 31. Georgetown tried to come back, but the deficit was too much as the Blue & Gray fell, 75-48.
Rodgers led all scorers with 23 points and nine rebounds. Junior forward Andrea White (Lancaster, Va./Lancaster) and senior center Sydney Wilson (Silver Spring, Md./St. John's College Prep) both added nine points, while Moore posted four points and five rebounds. Georgetown was outrebounded, 44-41, and shot 31.0 percent for the contest.
The Huskies had four players in double figures with Kelly Faris leading the way with 15 points. UConn hit 12 3-pointers including seven in the second half.
"As an educator, I always look on how we can learn from this game and I think we learned how hard we need to play," said Brown. "If we can transfer that effort into other games, we'll do some great things this season."
The Hoyas will begin a tough two-game road swing on Saturday at Syracuse at 3 p.m. Georgetown will follow that up with a trip to the No. 2/3 University of Notre Dame Fighting Irish on Tuesday. Live stats and a webcast will be available through the Orange's athletic website.