Jan. 10, 2012
WASHINGTON - The No. 18/17 Georgetown University women's basketball squad suffered a tough 80-60 loss to the No. 2/2 University of Notre Dame Fighting Irish (16-1, 4-0 BIG EAST) Tuesday evening at McDonough Arena. The Hoyas outscored the Irish, 44-43, in the second half but struggled from the field to fall to 13-4 overall and 2-2 in BIG EAST Conference play.
"We truly did enough to win tonight except score," said Georgetown Head Coach Terri Williams-Flournoy. "We had 22 offensive rebounds and forced 18 turnovers, but we shot 28 percent and gave up 80 points and you're not going to win giving up that many points."
Trailing by 21 at the half, the Hoyas came out fired up, managing to cut the deficit to 10 midway through the second. With 12 minutes remaining, Georgetown trailed by 18 but went on a 7-0 run to make it 48-37 over a minute span.
From that points on, the Blue & Gray battled to keep it close cutting the lead to 10 on three occasions but never getting to single digits.
Late in the game, free throws helped Notre Dame rebuild the lead making the final 80-60.
Notre Dame shot 52.2 percent in the first half to take a large lead. Despite the Hoyas pulling down 15 offensive rebounds and forcing eight UND turnovers, the squad shot just 18.4 percent for the half which made it 37-16 at the break.
Four Hoyas scored in double digits with junior guard Sugar Rodgers (Suffolk, Va./King's Fork) leading the way with 13. Senior forward Adria Crawford had 10 points and a squad-best nine rebounds including seven on the offensive glass, while classmate Tia Magee (Tulsa, Okla./Jenks) managed 10 points and eight rebounds.
Senior guard Rubylee Wright (Latta, S.C./Latta) had 10 points and five assists.
GU managed 13 second-chance points and 26 in the paint, but shot just 27.8 percent from the field and 60 percent from the line.
Skylar Diggins led Notre Dame with 22 points as the Irish shot 56.8 percent from the field.
Georgetown will be back in action on Sunday, January 15 at McDonough Arena as the squad takes on the Syracuse University Orange. Tipoff is scheduled for noon.
The game will be broadcast live on ESPNU with Anne Marie Anderson on the call and Brooke Weisbrod 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.