Feb. 16, 2013
WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University women's basketball squad couldn't stop a hot shooting day for the Villanova University Wildcats (18-7, 7-5 BIG EAST) falling, 57-44, Saturday afternoon at McDonough Arena. The Blue & Gray looked solid in the second half, but couldn't overcome a 21-point halftime deficit to drop to 13-12 overall and 4-8 in BIG EAST Conference play.
"I don't think we got to the shooters enough, their offense is extremely difficult to guard," said Georgetown Head Coach Keith Brown. "In the second half, we made more of an effort to get to the shooters and did more of what we wanted to do."
The Wildcats opened the game with a 3-pointer which was foreshadowing for the remainder of the half as the 'Cats were hot from beyond the arc. Georgetown battled and tied it at seven at the 13:46 mark on a layup from senior center Sydney Wilson (Silver Spring, Md./St. John's College Prep).
Villanova once again regained the lead, but the Hoyas continued to fight with Wilson sinking a layup at 7:55 to make it 17-12. At that point, the Wildcats began to fire and GU went scoreless for the next five minutes allowing 'Nova to build a 17-point lead. The Hoya defense allowed two more treys to close out the half making it 35-14 at the break.
The final 21 Villanova points of the first half were 3-pointers as the Wildcats shot 50.0 percent from beyond the arc in the first.
Georgetown was stronger in the second half as the squad limited VU shots and found answers on the offensive end. The Wildcats went ahead by 24, but the Blue & Gray cut it to 16 at 9:42 on a jumper from senior shooting guard Sugar Rodgers (Suffolk, Va./King's Fork).
Unfortunately, `Nova answered with a trey and then added two more as the Hoyas fought to whittle down the lead.
With 3:01 remaining in the contest, Georgetown staged a 9-0 run on four points from Rodgers and a 3-pointer by sophomore guard Jasmine Jackson (Old Bridge, N.J./Old Bridge), but it was too little too late as GU fell, 57-44.
Rodgers led all scorers with 21 points, including 19 in the second half, as well as nine rebounds and seven assists. Wilson added 10 points, while junior forward Andrea White (Lancaster, Va./Lancaster) posted six points and nine boards.
GU outrebounded Villanova, 37-31, but allowed 15 Wildcat 3-pointers.
Lauren Burford led the way for `Nova with 15 points, while Laura Sweeney added 11 points and nine boards.
Georgetown will be back in action next weekend at the University of Pittsburgh for a 1 p.m., tipoff. Live stats and a radio broadcast will be available through Pitt's athletic website.