Georgetown Drops Close One to No. 23/21 Syracuse

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Dominique Vitalis led the team with 15 points.

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Dominique Vitalis led the team with 15 points.
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Feb. 12, 2013

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WASHINGTON -- The Georgetown University women's basketball squad dropped another tough decision falling 69-60 to the No. 23/21 Syracuse University Orange (20-3, 8-2 BIG EAST) Tuesday evening at McDonough Arena. The Hoyas led by as much as eight, but couldn't stop a second-half run to drop to 13-11 overall and 4-7 in BIG EAST Conference play.

"We're young, we've had too many injuries, but you still have to play the game and I thought we had a chance to do something," said Georgetown Head Coach Keith Brown. "We had to sit Sugar down for a lot of minutes because of foul trouble and they hung in there, we got the lead. There's a silver lining, but it's still difficult and we're still very young."

Back-to-back 3-pointers to open the game allowed the Orange to get hot early on as Syracuse quickly went ahead by six, 12-6. However, the Hoyas answered at the 12-minute mark with cutting it to two on layups from senior center Sydney Wilson (Silver Spring, Md./St. John's College Prep) and freshman forward Dominique Vitalis (Bloomfield, N.J./Gill St. Bernard's).

The Blue & Gray held 'Cuse scoreless for more than four minutes, but Syracuse managed a trey at 8:50 to extend the lead by five, 15-10. Two more 3-pointers gave the Orange the nine-point lead which was the largest of the game to that point, but once again the Hoyas had an answer.

Georgetown put together a 7-0 run starting with a three by senior shooting guard Sugar Rodgers (Suffolk, Va./King's Fork) as well as two free throws by sophomore guard Jasmine Jackson (Old Bridge, N.J./Old Bridge) and a layup from freshman guard Katie McCormick (Leonardtown, Md./Saint Mary's Ryken).

A late put back from Vitalis with six seconds remaining in the half tied it at 25 at the break.

It was an even half with both squads pulling down 25 boards, but sloppy as a combined 29 turnovers were committed.

The Blue & Gray came out hot in the second half mounting a 10-2 run and taking an eight-point lead, 35-27, as Rodgers hit three free throws and McCormick added a trey. However, the Orange came right back with a 15-0 run to take a seven-point lead as the Hoyas went cold.

From that point on, Georgetown tried to come back but Syracuse managed to keep it a two or three possession game.

In the final four minutes, the Hoyas cut the lead to four on three occasions thanks to freshman contributions from McCormick and Vitalis. On defense, GU was forced to foul and the Orange hit from the line making the final, 69-60.

Vitalis led the way with 15 points and eight boards, while McCormick added 14 points with seven rebounds. Wilson rounded out the top three scoring 12 points and pulling down eight boards.

Georgetown outrebounded Syracuse, 50-48, and shot 33.9 percent from the field while allowing 27.3 percent from the Orange. The difference was in turnovers as GU committed 27 and forced just 18.

Brianna Butler led Syracuse with 16 points including four of SU's nine 3-pointers in the game.

Georgetown will be back in action on Saturday at McDonough Arena for a 2 p.m., matchup with the Villanova University Wildcats. Live stats and a webcast will be available at www.GUHoyas.com.

Saturday will also be GU's annual Girls and Women in Sports Celebration as well as the Hoyas' Play4Kay Day. Fans are encouraged to wear pink to support the cause.

 

 

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