Feb. 9, 2013
QUEENS, N.Y. - The Georgetown University women's basketball squad showed resilience time and time again, but in the end it just wasn't enough as the squad fell, 76-72, to the St. John's University Red Storm (11-10, 5-4 BIG EAST) Saturday afternoon at Carnesecca Arena. The Hoyas battled back from 14 points down and came up with some big plays, but eventually lost to drop to 13-10 overall and 4-5 in BIG EAST Conference play.
Freshman guard Katie McCormick (Leonardtown, Md./Saint Mary's Ryken) hit a 3-pointer with 38 seconds remaining to give Georgetown the two-point lead, but the Red Storm connected on a late layup to send it into overtime tied at 65.
In overtime, free throws put Georgetown ahead early, but missed shots down the stretch couldn't combat a pair of 3-pointers from St. John's as the Hoyas fell, 76-72.
The game started out fast and furious as the Hoyas looked to run despite just eight players suited up. Senior shooting guard Sugar Rodgers (Suffolk, Va./King's Fork) got baskets at the top of the key, while the squad also looked inside for freshman forward Dominique Vitalis (Bloomfield, N.J./Gill St. Bernard's) in her first-career start. The Red Storm stayed in it, however, taking advantage of turnovers and scoring in transition.
The Hoyas built a seven-point lead as Vitalis continued to look strong underneath, but went cold following a free throw at 7:41. Georgetown was scoreless for the next six minutes allowing the Red Storm back in it with an 11-0 run.
St. John's closed out the first half with an 18-2 run to lead by nine, 34-25, at the break.
Looking at a 14-point deficit early in the first, the Hoyas staged a 13-0 run to pull within one, 39-38, Vitalis scored five-straight points and Rodgers added a pull-up three during the rally.
The Red Storm fought to once again move ahead, but the Blue & Gray battled to keep the deficit under ten. The Hoyas didn't lead again until McCormick's trey and eventually fell, 76-72.
Vitalis had a career night with 21 points and 11 boards for her first double-double on the Hilltop, while Rodgers added a squad-best 29 points, six rebounds and five assists. Sophomore guard Brittany Horne (Carmel, N.Y./Carmel) scored 14 points while pulling down five boards and senior center Vanessa Moore (Hackettstown, N.J./Pope John XXIII) managed ten rebounds.
Georgetown outrebounded St. John's, 45-38, and shot 39.1 percent for the game.
Shenneika Smith led St. John's with 26 points as four Red Storm players were in double figures.
The Hoyas will be back in action on Tuesday evening against the No. 24/22 Syracuse University Orange. Tipoff is scheduled for 8 p.m., at McDonough Arena. Live stats and a webcast will be available at www.GUHoyas.com.