Feb. 23, 2013
WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University women's basketball squad needed every ounce of energy down the stretch as the Hoyas got past the University of Pittsburgh Panthers (9-17, 0-13 BIG EAST), 72-70, Saturday afternoon at the Petersen Events Center. The game went back and forth as both squads were looking for a much-needed victory. The Hoyas are now 14-12 overall and 5-8 in BIG EAST Conference play.
"It was a good game, a win is a win and we needed it," said Georgetown Head Coach Keith Brown. "The biggest thing that I'm proud of is that the girls really fought and stayed in it. We got down by six for a short period of time and Sugar came back and hit those two threes and Dominique hit some big time free throws. We're glad to get this win and get out of here and hopefully we'll do better against DePaul."
After coming back from a late deficit, free throws from senior shooting guard Sugar Rodgers (Suffolk, Va./King's Fork) and freshman forward Dominique Vitalis (Bloomfield, N.J./Gill St, Bernard's) tied it at 70. After a huge defensive stop, junior forward Andrea White (Lancaster, Va./Lancaster) came up with two free throws with one second remaining to seal the 72-70 victory.
It was a back-and-forth game from the start. The teams battled as the contest began, and Pitt took a 10-9 lead on a fastbreak at 14:18. However, sophomore guard Jasmine Jackson (Old Bridge, N.J./Old Bridge) hit a 3-pointer seconds later to spark a 15-0 run midway through the first half allowed the Hoyas to gain the advantage. Rodgers had eight points during the run, while Jackson added four.
The Hoyas held Pitt scoreless for seven minutes, but also went cold for almost three minutes during the rally.
The cold shooting continued as the Blue & Gray allowed the Panthers back in the game when Pitt managed a 10-0 late in the first. The Hoyas stopped the run with a layup from Vitalis at 3:09, but it was a battle down the stretch.
In the closing seconds, Jackson hit a 3-pointer to make it 35-28 at the break.
The Blue & Gray came out firing in the second half as Vitalis scored four points and sophomore guard Brittany Horne (Carmel, N.Y./Carmel) added a trey to make it 42-30.
Pitt moved ahead on a 3-pointer at 12:07 making the score 44-43 after a 13-1 run spanning six minutes.
The lead was short lived as Rodgers came down and sank a trey to regain the advantage, but Pitt answered with an 10-2 run to move ahead by six.
Back-to-back 3-pointers from Rodgers tied the game at 56 but neither squad could gain an advantage.
In the final two minutes, the Panthers hit a late 3-pointer to go up by five. However, it was White who hit a layup and a pair of free throws to pull the Hoyas within one, 70-69.
Pitt answered with a jumper, but Rodgers' sank two shots from the charity stripe to stay within one at 1:15.
A big defensive stop resulted in Vitalis heading to the line with 58 seconds remaining where she hit the first shot to tie it at 70.
White's last-second free throws sealed the victory as Georgetown came away with the 72-70 result in regulation.
Rodgers led the way with 23 points and six steals, while White posted the double-double tallying 19 points and 12 rebounds. White was also 9-of-10 from the free throw line.
The Hoyas shot 40.0 percent for the game, but were outrebounded, 43-38.
Asia Logan led the way for Pitt with 21 points and 16 boards.
The Hoyas will be back in action on Tuesday as the squad travels to DePaul University for its final road game of the regular season. Tipoff against the Blue Demons is scheduled for 9 p.m., ET. The game will be televised live on CBS College Sports.