No. 16/17 Hoyas Lose to No. 25 St. John's in Overtime
Feb. 13, 2011
NEW YORK - The No. 16/17 Georgetown University women's basketball squad lost a tough, 75-71, overtime battle to the No. NR/25 St. John's University Red Storm (17-7, 6-5 BIG EAST) Sunday afternoon at Carnesecca Arena. The Hoyas struggled much of the game, but took a lead late in the matchup. Georgetown is now 20-6 on the season and 8-4 in the BIG EAST.
Georgetown scored first in overtime, but it was St. John's that managed the three-point lead. Tia Magee (Tulsa, Okla./Jenks) hit an and-one to come back and a free throw on the other end made it 69-68 in favor of the Red Storm. Forced to foul, it came down to a final play as the Hoyas trailed by three with 13 second remaining and the ball. GU had a good look, but couldn't score resulting in the 75-71 decision.
A frantic Georgetown stretch in the final two minutes of regulation saw the Hoyas tie it at 59 and Magee hit a free throw to give GU its first lead of the game with 1:37 remaining in the contest. A steal from Sugar Rodgers (Suffolk, Va./King's Fork) and a layup made it 62-59 down the stretch.
SJU's Amanda Burakoski hit a three to once again tie it up but the Hoya defense stood strong forcing overtime.
St. John's led by as much as 10 in the second half, but the Hoyas continued to battle back. A three at 11:59 from Rodgers cut the lead to six as the Blue & Gray chipped away. Adria Crawford (Alexandria, Va./Thomas Edison) and Magee added baskets to cut it to two, but the Hoyas couldn't gain the lead.
Back-to-back treys from Magee and a shot by Rodgers tied it at 50, but a 7-0 run once again put the Hoyas in the hole.
The Red Storm came out firing jumping out to an eight-point lead in the first half as Georgetown struggled to find its shot. A 7-0 run that was almost all off of turnovers pulled the Blue & Gray within one midway through the first.
However, in a game of runs, it was St. Johns' chance to take an 11-point lead on a 10-0 run as the GU offense floundered. Despite the shooting difficulties, the Hoyas came back stopping any SJU momentum with a 7-2 spurt of its own. All seven points came on hustle plays as GU worked to close the gap.
In the closing minutes, Burakoski hit back-to-back treys to make the lead nine, but Rodgers swished a three on the other end resulting in the 35-29 score at the break.
Rodgers led all scorers with 23 points while Magee added 16. Crawford had a squad-high nine boards and Rodgers managed four steals.
GU shot 41.2 percent for the game and was outrebounded, 40-34.
Georgetown will have the week off before traveling to Chicago, Ill., for a matchup with No. 10/14 DePaul on Sunday. The game will be televised live on ESPNU. Tipoff is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. ET. Live stats will be available at www.GUHoyas.com.