Shooting Woes Sink No. 16/13 Hoyas, 55-46
Feb. 14, 2010
Morgantown, W.Va. - A dismal shooting day doomed the No. 16/13 Georgetown University women's basketball squad (20-4, 9-2 BIG EAST) as the Hoyas fell 55-46 to the No. 9/8 West Virginia University Mountaineers (22-3, 9-2 BIG EAST). Georgetown struggled from the field shooting 23.1 percent despite forcing 25 Mountaineer turnovers. The game was part of ESPN's February Frenzy and the WBCA's Pink Zone.
"We didn't get it done," said Head Coach Terri Williams-Flournoy. "Getting outrebounded by 10, shooting 23 percent and 13.6 percent from three point? We beat ourselves today."
Dismal shooting plagued the Hoyas in the first half missing their first six field goals before senior Jaleesa Butler (St. Louis, Mo./Alton) hit a jumper in the lane at 16:01. The scoring woes would continue and baskets proved to be few and far between as GU just couldn't find the bottom of the net and the Mountaineers staged a 9-0 run to take a 16-6 lead.
The Blue & Gray continued to struggle shooting but solid defense kept it close until late in the half when the Mountaineers took the deficit to 12 as GU went into the locker room trailing 31-19. The 19 points was a season-low first half total for Georgetown.
Butler led the way for the Hoyas in the first with eight points and Ta'Shauna "Sugar" Rodgers (Suffolk, Va./King's Fork) contributed seven. Georgetown shot just 23.5 percent from the field in the first half and 12.8 percent from beyond the arc while allowing WVU 37 percent shooting. The Blue & Gray was outrebounded 22-19 but forced 11 turnovers. Liz Repella led the Mountaineers with nine points in the first.
At the under-16 timeout, the squad regrouped with eight on the shot clock and the ball out-of-bounds underneath. Rubylee Wright (Latta, S.C./Latta) came out and hit a three sparking a 12-0 run in a two-minute span to cut it to three. Monica McNutt (Suitland, Md./Academy of the Holy Cross) added nine points in the run as the defense shut the Mountaineers down.
The Hoyas battled to stay in the game, but a tough shooting day proved to be too much. GU stayed within eight most of the half but couldn't hit to take the lead. Despite fighting down the stretch, the Blue & Gray just didn't score when necessary and eventually fell 55-46.
Rodgers led all scorers with 12 points and tied a team-high with five boards. McNutt had 11 points and five rebounds while Butler added 10 points for the Hoyas. Georgetown was outrebounded 46-36, but forced 25 turnovers on 14 steals. The Blue & Gray shot 23.1 percent from the field and a dismal 13.6 percent from beyond the arc.
Georgetown will host two more Pink Zone games this week with South Florida on Wednesday and No. 4/3 Notre Dame on Saturday for Senior Day. Tipoff against the Bulls is scheduled for 8 p.m. at McDonough Arena.