Jan. 22, 2013
PISCATAWAY, N.J. - The Georgetown University women's basketball team dropped a close, 55-47, decision to the Rutgers University Scarlet Knights (11-7, 2-3 BIG EAST) on Tuesday evening at The RAC in Piscataway, N.J. The Hoyas were in it until the end, but cold shooting down the stretch was too much as the Blue & Gray dropped to 11-8 overall and 2-4 in BIG EAST Conference play.
"We've started to alternate wins with Rutgers and it usually comes down to what team can impose their will and tonight they imposed their will on us, we didn't execute down the stretch," said Georgetown Head Coach Keith Brown. "We're still teaching at Georgetown because so many of these kids haven't been in these situations before, so we're still learning and getting better."
A three from senior shooting guard Sugar Rodgers (Suffolk, Va./King's Fork) hit a three to go ahead, 5-4, but the Hoyas struggled to score for the next five minutes as Rutgers went on a 5-0 run to take the lead. Rodgers ended the drought with another trey as defense was the key in the low-scoring affair early on.
As the pace quickened, the shots began to go as Rutgers once again took a small lead but the Hoyas stayed right there within striking distance thanks to the break.
The Scarlet Knights hit two late buckets to go into the break leading, 24-16.
Rutgers opened the second half with four quick points to go ahead by 12, making it the largest lead of the game to that point. Rodgers immediately narrowed the gap hitting a long three to make the score 28-19.
Midway through the second, junior guard Samisha Powell (Virginia Beach, Va./Princess Anne) and sophomore forward Brittany Horne (Carmel, N.Y./Carmel) brought the Hoyas right back with an 8-0 run to cut the lead to two, 33-31, as the defense forced turnovers on the other end.
Cold shooting as the minutes ticked away hurt the Blue & Gray despite pulling within three at 7:16. The Hoyas hit just one field goal in the final nine minutes of the contest and, despite staying in it due to free throws, it wasn't enough.
Despite a late surge, Georgetown couldn't find a way falling, 55-47.
Rodgers led the way with 13 points and seven boards, while Horne added 11 points and four steals. Georgetown shot 25 percent for the game and was outrebounded, 45-34. The Hoyas forced 20 turnovers on nine steals.
Kahleah Copper led Rutgers with 12 points in the contest.
Georgetown will be back in action on Saturday, January 26 hosting the University of Pittsburgh at McDonough Arena with tipoff scheduled for 4 p.m. Live stats and a webcast will be available through www.GUHoyas.com.
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