Jan. 26, 2013
WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University women's basketball team picked up a BIG EAST Conference victory on Saturday defeating the University of Pittsburgh Panthers (9-10, 0-6), 69-57, at McDonough Arena. Georgetown was on point from the very beginning improving to 12-8 overall and 3-4 in conference play.
"We played well in the first half and the first 15 minutes of the second, in the last five minutes we got a little sloppy and we gave up points we weren't supposed to," said Georgetown Head Coach Keith Brown. "Overall we played well when we needed the win."
The Blue & Gray never trailed as senior shooting guard Sugar Rodgers (Suffolk, Va./King's Fork) hit a 3-pointer just two minutes in to take the lead which the Hoyas would not relinquish.
Pitt battled to stay in it early, but the Georgetown defense was too much as GU forced turnovers and converted on the other end. The Hoyas used a 6-2 run to move ahead by as much as 11, 19-8, but the Panthers answered to cut it to seven.
At the 9:26 mark, Rodgers and sophomore guard Jasmine Jackson (Old Bridge, N.J./Old Bridge) hit back-to-back 3-pointers and junior forward Andrea White (Lancaster, Va./Lancaster) added a layup for the 8-0 run which put the Blue & Gray ahead, 29-14.
GU maintained the advantage as the half came to a close leading 33-19 at the break.
The Hoyas opened the second half with a 10-2 run fueled by six points from senior center Sydney Wilson (Silver Spring, Md./St. John's College Prep). Georgetown looked to be cruising to victory maintaining a 20-point advantage until late in the second half.
With 7:31 remaining in the contest and the Blue & Gray ahead by 21, Pitt came roaring back to attempt to make a game of it. The Panthers staged an 11-2 run to pull within 12, 61-49, at the 5:05 mark.
The Hoyas struggled to score and Pitt had a number of opportunities on the offensive glass, but couldn't connect never getting the lead down to single digits.
A pair of late baskets secured the victory for Georgetown as the Hoyas had the 69-57 win at the final horn.
Rodgers led all scorers with 25 points, while White added 12 and a squad-best seven rebounds. Rodgers posted nine assists to lead the Blue & Gray as well as managing five steals.
Georgetown shot 41.3 percent for the game and forced 22 Panther turnovers, but was outrebounded, 48-39. The Hoyas had 21 points off of turnovers.
Brianna Kiesel led Pitt with 22 points and 10 boards, while Asia Logan added 19 points.
The Hoyas will be back in action on Tuesday as the squad hosts the University of Cincinnati Bearcats at McDonough Arena in an 8 p.m., matchup. Live stats and a webcast featuring Ryan Sakamoto and Ben Gordon Goldstein will be available at www.GUHoyas.com.