Syracuse guard Carmen Tyson-Thomas, left, and center Kayla Alexander, right, compete with Georgetown forward Adria Crawford (5) for a rebound.
Jan. 15, 2012
WASHINGTON - The No. 18/17 Georgetown University women's basketball team cruised to a 69-42 victory over the Syracuse University Orange (12-7, 1-4 BIG EAST) at McDonough Arena in Sunday's BIG EAST Conference matchup. Junior guard Sugar Rodgers (Suffolk, Va./King's Fork) and senior point guard Rubylee Wright (Latta, S.C./Latta) led the way with 23 and 15 points, respectively. With the win, the Hoyas improved to an overall record of 14-4 and 3-2 in BIG EAST play.
Georgetown's ability to convert easy buckets from fast breaks and score in transition proved to be keys in the matchup.
"In Tuesday's game we came out and missed some early layups so we emphasized that playing tougher opponents in these BIG EAST games, you have to have things to get you going," said Georgetown Head Coach Terri Williams-Flournoy. "You've got to make to make that layup to get us going, you can't miss shots right off of the jump. I thought we did that well today."
With 5:03 to go in the game, Rodgers converted on a three-point play to increase the lead to 25, 61-36. Georgetown finished the game strong with a three-pointer from sophomore guard Samisha Powell (Virginia Beach, Va./Princess Anne ) and a steal from sophomore forward Andrea White (Lancaster, Va./Lancaster) to seal the deal making the final, 69-42.
Early in the second, Syracuse attempted to climb back from their 28-point deficit, scoring the first six points in the half. The Hoyas diffused the run as a three-pointer by Rodgers at 18:12 slowed the momentum. Rodgers' basket led to two steals by senior guard Tia Magee (Tulsa, Okla./Jenks) and senior forward Adria Crawford (Alexandria, Va./Thomas Edison) as well as a block by senior guard Alexa Roche (Bellmore, N.Y./St. Michael's Academy).
The Blue & Gray started the game with a 9-1 run, including a quick four points by Crawford, as well as ending with a three-pointer and layup from Rodgers. Just four minutes into the contest, Georgetown led by eight, 9-1. The Hoya defense proved to be a challenge for the Orange, as Syracuse couldn't seem to get in the groove offensively.
At the break, the Hoyas led 41-13. The GU defense held Syracuse to its lowest first half offensive output this season with four field goals made and 13.8 percent shooting.
GU dominated the first half, shooting 51.9 percent from the field and forcing 19 turnovers. The Hoyas tallied an impressive 8-of-17 from behind the arc.
Rodgers and Wright combined for 38 points to lead the way for the Hoyas. Crawford brought down six boards, and Magee as well as Wright both came out with five. GU converted 38 points off of 32 SU turnovers, and managed 18 steals in the contest.
Georgetown tallied a season-high 12 treys, besting the 11 made against UNLV on Nov. 27. The GU defense held Syracuse to its fewest field goals in a game this season with 15, previous low was 17 against Coppin State on Dec. 10
Iasia Hemmingway led the way for Syracuse with 14 points. Kayla Alexander managed a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds.
Georgetown will be back in action on Tuesday, January 17 when they take on the Marquette University Golden Eagles at the Al McGuire Center in Milwaukee, Wis. Tipoff is scheduled for 9 p.m., ET.
The game will be televised live on CBS College Sports and live stats will be available at www.GUHoyas.com.
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