Jan. 19, 2013
WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University women's basketball team got back on the winning track on Saturday with a 70-50 victory over the Seton Hall University Pirates (7-11, 2-3 BIG EAST) at McDonough Arena. Senior shooting guard Sugar Rodgers (Suffolk, Va./King's Fork) and junior forward Andrea White(Lancaster, Va./Lancaster) both managed double-doubles to improve the Blue & Gray to 11-7 overall and 2-3 in BIG EAST Conference play.
"It felt good to be back home and I though the girls did a wonderful job of defending in the second half," said Georgetown Head Coach Keith Brown. "They were getting into transition much better and our effort only giving up 22 points in the second half got us back to what we want to do."
The Pirates kept it close in the first half by hitting some big shots early. The lead changed 12 times as neither team could gain an advantage. White was solid down low to keep it close, while sophomore forward Brittany Horne (Carmel, N.Y./Carmel) and freshman guard Katie McCormick(Leonardtown, Md./St. Mary's Ryken) both hit big treys.
Late in the first, Rodgers went on an 8-0 run on her own to give Georgetown a six-point lead, 32-26. The Pirates answered with a pair of free throws to make it 32-28 at the break.
At the 14:01 mark of the second half, Seton Hall cut it to one on a layup from Janee Johnson. White answered with a pair of foul shots on the other end to spark a 21-1 run that included back-to-back 3-pointers by Horne and Rodgers as well two more later in the run from Rodgers.
With a 22-point advantage, the Hoyas continued to build the lead going ahead by as much as 27 on a 3-pointer by Horne with 3:44 remaining.
The Pirates hit a few shots down the stretch, but Georgetown was never threatened as the Blue & Gray cruised to the 70-50 victory.
Rodgers led the way with 24 points and 10 boards, while White added 18 points and 10 rebounds. It marked Rodgers' ninth-career double-double and the third of the season, as well as White's second of her career with the first coming a game ago. Horne added 15 points, seven boards and five steals. Rodgers led the team in assists with seven while also hitting six 3-pointers in the contest.
Georgetown shot 43.1 percent from the field for the game and 43.5 percent from beyond the arc while forcing 19 Pirate turnovers on 11 steals and outrebounding SHU, 45-31. GU had a big second half holding Seton Hall to just 22 points.
"We had other people step up today, Andrea (White) stepped up and so did Brittany Horne," said Brown. "When other people can step up and help Sugar (Rodgers), we're a better team."
Terry Green led the Pirates with 17 points, while Ka-Deirdre added 13.
The Hoyas will be back in action on Tuesday at Rutgers University for a 7 p.m., matchup with the Scarlet Knights. The game will be televised live on the CBS Sports Network with Brent Stover and Debbie Antonelli calling the action. Live stats will also be available through www.GUHoyas.com.