Senior Amada Reese
Feb. 18, 2012
WASHINGTON - The No. 15/14 Georgetown University women's basketball squad (21-6, 10-4 BIG EAST) defeated the Providence College Friars (13-14, 5-9 BIG EAST), 66-39, on Saturday afternoon at McDonough Arena.
The game was a part of Play4Kay, a national women's basketball initiative to supporting breast cancer research. Georgetown Head Coach Terri Williams-Flournoy pledged $20 for every Hoya three-pointer and wrote a check to the Kay Yow Cancer Fund for $120 as the Blue & Gray cruised to victory.
"It was good to come out and play like the way we can play today," said Williams-Flournoy. "It was nice to see us aggressive and not be in such a fight. We played relaxed and were able to take a few chances here and there."
A 10-0 run to begin the second half, was all the Blue & Gray needed to pull away from the Friars making it 35-19 less than four minutes in.
At 14:33, junior guard Sugar Rodgers (Suffolk, Va./King's Fork) hit her second trey of the game to tie her for Georgetown's all-time record for career threes. She sits at 249 which ties her with Mary Lisicky who set the record in 2005.
From that point on, Georgetown continued to build the lead going up by as much as 30 at one point as the Friars struggled to come back.
At the final buzzer, the Hoyas were able to keep Providence at bay with the 66-39 victory.
The Friars were in the game early on as neither team shot particularly well in the first. Providence shot 18.5 percent, while the Hoyas mustered 28.1 percent shooting. Despite the tough time from the field, Georgetown led 25-19 at the half after going ahead by as much as seven at one point.
Magee led the way with 17 points and 10 rebounds for her third double-double of the season and the fourth of her career. Rodgers added 14 as well as three blocks. Georgetown had balanced scoring as senior guard Alexa Roche (Bellmore, N.Y./St. Michael's Academy) posted nine points and classmate Rubylee Wright (Latta, S.C./Latta) added eight.
Georgetown shot an impressive 59.1 percent in the second to finish with 40.7 percent shooting from the field for the game. The Hoyas also outrebounded the Friars, 44-33, and forced 16 turnovers on eight steals.
Symone Roberts had a team-best nine points for Providence, while Teya Wright added eight boards.
Prior to tip, the Hoyas celebrated the seven seniors in the Class of 2012. The group is the winningest class in program history with three trips to the postseason, four 20-win seasons and more than 40 weeks consecutively ranked. All seven are on track to graduate in May.
Magee was honored with a ball for scoring her 1,000th point and Wright was given a ball for becoming the all-time program assist leader. Both milestones occured earlier in the season.
"Today was exciting, but at the same time it was really emotional," said Magee. "I was the one in the back crying, wiping my face before we came out to warm-ups that last time. Everyone was excited and that showed in the way we played today."
Georgetown will have the week off before traveling to Syracuse University for a 1 p.m., matchup on Saturday.
Live stats will be available at www.GUHoyas.com.
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