Feb. 4, 2012
CINCINNATI, Ohio - Senior forward Tia Magee (Tulsa, Okla./Jenks) scored her 1,000th-career point as the Georgetown University women's basketball squad defeated the University of Cincinnati Bearcats (11-12, 2-8 BIG EAST), 65-54, at Fifth Third Arena on Saturday afternoon. With the victory, the Blue & Gray improves to 18-5 overall and 7-3 in BIG EAST Conference play.
"I thought we came out a little lackadaisical in the first, but we picked it up in the second," said Georgetown Head Coach Terri Williams-Flournoy. "We had very balanced scoring today with four players in double digits."
Looking at just a four-point lead with six minutes remaining in the game, the Hoyas had to battle for every point against a scrappy Bearcat squad. A 9-0 run starting at the four-minute mark gave Georgetown some breathing room including four points from Magee and five from junior guard Sugar Rodgers (Suffolk, Va./King's Fork).
Despite a trio of late Bearcat treys, the Hoyas hit free throws down the stretch and managed to hold on for the 65-54 victory.
With the scored tied at nine early in the game, GU managed a 10-0 run including five points from senior point guard Rubylee Wright (Latta, S.C./Latta) to push the lead to 19-9 in the first.
Georgetown continued to build the advantage thanks to a trey and a scoop layup from freshman guard Taylor Brown (Bowie, Md./Bishop McNamara) as well as a last-second put back from senior forward Alexa Roche (Bellmore, N.Y./St. Michael's Academy).
The Hoyas led by as much as 15 in the first, but Cincinnati fought back on a 7-0 run to pull within four, 29-25, at the break.
Stifling Georgetown defense made the difference as the Blue & Gray forced 13 Bearcat turnovers on seven steals in the first half.
Magee dominated the initial eight minutes of the second half scoring eight of GU's first ten points including a trey to open the half which gave her 1,000. This helped the Blue & Gray build an 11-point lead after being up by just four at the break.
Magee was unaware of the approaching milestone until alerted prior to tip.
"It snuck up on me, but it's really exciting," she said. "I've always considered myself a defensive player, so for a defensive player to hit 1,000 points is a big deal. I remember seeing Moni (Monica McNutt) and Sug (Rodgers) hit their 1,000th last year and I never imagined myself in the position, but it's so exciting."
Rodgers led all scorers with 19 points, while Magee added 18. Wright and Brown each posted 10 points in the contest. Senior forward Adria Crawford (Alexandria, Va./Thomas Edison) pulled down a squad-best eight boards, while Rodgers and Wright added seven apiece.
The Hoyas outrebounded the Bearcats, 38-33, and forced 24 Cincinnati turnovers on 11 steals.
Bjonee Reaves and Dayeesha Hollins each scored 17 points to lead the Bearcats.
Georgetown will be back in action on Wednesday, February 8 at McDonough Arena as the squad takes on Seton Hall University. Tipoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.
Fans can watch live on www.GUHoyas.com with Ryan Sakamoto and Georgetown alum Monica McNutt calling the action. Live stats will also be available. Tickets are available at the Georgetown University Athletic Ticket Office.