No. 15/14 Hoyas Defeat Villanova, 60-54
Feb. 14, 2012
VILLANOVA, Pa.- The No. 15/14 Georgetown University women's basketball team hung on for the 60-54 victory over the Villanova University Wildcats (15-11, 5-8 BIG EAST) on Tuesday evening at The Pavilion in Villanova, Pa. The Hoyas controlled the pace for much of the game and came up with some big plays down the stretch for the win. Georgetown is now 20-6 overall and 9-4 in BIG EAST Conference play.
"We knew this would be a tough game because it always is against Villanova," said Georgetown Head Coach Terri Williams-Flournoy. "I told the girls to throw out everything and just concentrate on getting the win."
Looking at a two-point lead seven minutes into the second half, the Hoyas went on an 11-3 run including six points from junior guard Sugar Rodgers (Suffolk, Va./King's Fork) and four from senior guard Alexa Roche (Bellmore, N.Y./St. Michael's Academy) to go ahead, 42-32.
Villanova cut it to four, 48-44, with four minutes remaining in the game but once again the Hoyas had an answer. Senior forward Tia Magee (Tulsa, Okla./Jenks) hit an and one to make it a three-possession game.
The Wildcats hit free throws down the stretch to cut the lead to four, 55-51. With under a minute left, Villanova set up an out-of-bounds play looking for the three. On the first pass, the Hoya defense forced a turnover and senior point guard Rubylee Wright (Latta, S.C./Latta) converted a free throw on the other end. Nova came down and hit a three making it 57-54 with 30 seconds remaining.
After fouling, Rodgers hit a pair of free throws to push the lead to five. The Blue & Gray came up with one more stop and Wright hit another free throw making the final 60-54.
Villanova's Laura Sweeney scored the Wildcats' first eight points by driving into the lane before the Hoyas made a quick defensive adjustment which slowed the VU output forcing turnovers and missed shots.
This gave the Georgetown offense an opportunity to gain the advantage as senior point guard Rubylee Wright (Latta, S.C./Latta) hit a pair of treys and classmate Amanda Reese (New Orleans, La./Episcopal School of Houston) added a bucket midway through the first as the Hoyas got hot.
Georgetown went into the half leading, 27-19, after forcing 11 Wildcat turnovers in the first. The eight-point lead was the largest of the game to that point.
Rodgers led the way with 19 points, while Wright added 12. Sophomore forward Andrea White (Lancaster, Va./Lancaster) pulled down a team-best seven boards. Rodgers and senior forward Adria Crawford (Alexandria, Va./Thomas Edison) both had six rebounds.
Sweeney led Villanova with 16 points.
Georgetown will be back in action on Saturday, February 18 at McDonough Arena as the squad takes on the Providence College Friars. Tipoff is scheduled for 2 p.m.
Prior to tipoff, there will be a short ceremony honoring the seven members of the senior class.
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.