No. 20/18 Georgetown Upsets No. 11/12 Rutgers, 54-36
Jan. 29, 2012
WASHINGTON - The No. 20/18 Georgetown University women's basketball team upset the No. 11/12 Rutgers University Scarlet Knights (17-4, 6-2 BIG EAST), 54-36, on Sunday afternoon at McDonough Arena. With 21 points, senior guard Tia Magee's (Tulsa, Okla./Jenks) hot hand in the second half allowed the Hoyas to cruise to victory.
With the win, the Hoyas improve to 17-5 overall, 6-3 BIG EAST.
With 3:45 left in the contest, the Hoyas jumped to their largest lead of the game, 54-27, with a layup by Magee to seal the victory. Magee scored 15 of her 21 points in the second half.
The Blue & Gray dominated the second half, never allowing the Scarlet Knights a chance to catch up. The Hoyas' defensive setup made it difficult for Rutgers to get the ball up the floor forcing quick offensive sets, resulting in 12 RU turnovers in the half.
Early in the second, the Hoyas extended their lead to 16 on a tip-in by junior center Sydney Wilson (Silver Spring, Md./St. John's College Prep) with 16:39 to go. A steal by senior guard Rubylee Wright (Latta, S.C./Latta) was converted into two points on free throws from Magee. This would mark the tempo for the remainder of the game, as Rutgers struggled to find its rhythm.
Late in the first, an injury suffered by Rutgers' Khadijah Rushdan inspired the Scarlet Knights as the squad attempted to get back in the game. RU scored a quick six points to pull the team within six, 22-16, but Georgetown would not let these points go unanswered.
The Hoyas came out strong in the first half as they were up by six, 14-8, early on. Rutgers scored the first basket of the half, but it was quickly answered with a fast break layup by Magee. GU then went on a 14-6 run to make the score 16-8 with 7:42 to go in the half. Two back-to-back treys by junior guard Sugar Rodgers (Suffolk, Va./King's Fork), senior center Amanda Reese (New Orleans, La./Episcopal School of Houston) drew a charge and a jumper from Magee were all key contributing factors in the run.
With 1:48 left to play in the half, senior forward Adria Crawford (Alexandria, Va./Thomas Edison) sank a jumper for two points and forced a takeaway on the defensive end. As the clock ticked away the final seconds of the half, a missed Hoya shot led to an offensive rebound and lay-up by Wilson at the buzzer. GU went into halftime up by nine, 26-17.
GU's defense made scoring a challenge for the Scarlet Knights as they shot 30.8 percent from the field, marking their lowest scoring game of the season with 36 total points.
April Sykes led the way for Rutgers with 13 points and nine rebounds, while Monique Oliver added eight points and seven boards.
Magee and Rodgers combined for 40 of Georgetown's 54 points with 21 and 19, respectively. Crawford pulled down a career high 12 rebounds to lead the way for the Blue & Gray.
Wright made Georgetown history late in the game notching her fifth assist of the game to give her 472 career assists making her the all-time program leader.
Georgetown will be back in action on Saturday, February 4 as the team hits the road to take on University of Cincinnati Bearcats at Fifth Third Arena. Tipoff is scheduled for 2 p.m.
Live stats and a webcast will be available at www.GUHoyas.com.