Feb. 25, 2012
SYRACUSE, N.Y. - Sugar Rodgers(Suffolk, Va./King's Fork) took over in the final minutes as the No. 15/13 Georgetown University women's basketball team edged the Syracuse University Orange (17-12, 6-9 BIG EAST), 65-62, at the Carrier Dome on Saturday afternoon. The Hoyas battled back to get the win and improve to 22-6 overall as well as 11-4 in BIG EAST play. The squad clinched a double bye in the upcoming BIG EAST Tournament.
"Of course we knew it was going to be a tough game, they had been playing extremely well and shooting the ball extremely well," said Georgetown Head Coach Terri Williams-Flournoy. "In the end, we spread the floor and gave Sugar an opportunity to get to the basket. She made a play and that's what big-time players do."
The teams had battled all game with the Hoyas struggling to gain the advantage for much of the contest. That all changed at 2:28 when Rodgers hit a three to tie it at 58. The Orange went ahead on a baseline jumper, but Rodgers knocked down a pair of free throws on the other end to once again tie it at 60.
The Hoya defense came up with a big stop and with 40 seconds remaining Georgetown was looking at its final offensive possession. The Hoyas passed it around before Rodgers saw an opportunity and slashed into the lane going up for the layup getting fouled as the ball went through the net. She hit the and one making the score 63-62 as GU took the lead.
Syracuse looked for a rebuttal and the Orange got a shot off. The rebound bounced around into the arms of Rodgers who managed to call timeout before falling out of bounds. This gave the Hoyas possession and senior guard Morgan Williams(Dickinson, Texas/Dickinson) sank a pair of free throws to secure the 65-62 win.
Trailing by as much as eight in the second, the Hoyas battled to come back with a 9-0 run that included four points from senior point guard Rubylee Wright (Latta, S.C./Latta) and three by sophomore forward Andrea White(Lancaster, Va./Lancaster). The run tied it, but Syracuse hit a three to once again take the lead.
Fouls allowed the Orange to build a lead once again going ahead by eight, 54-46, but Williams had an answer knocking down a big three from the left side to keep the Hoyas in the game.
The first half went back and forth with eight lead changes and five ties. Each squad had momentum at different points, but neither was able to take control.Georgetown led by as much as seven six minutes in as Rodgers and Wright both hit a pair of free throws making the score 10-3.
However, late threes including two as part of a 7-0 run from the Orange resulted in the Hoyas trailing, 32-27, at the half. With 20 fouls called in the first, the Blue & Gray spent time at the line 13-of-15 from the charity stripe.
Rodgers led all scorers with 21 points, while Wright added 14. Senior forward Tia Magee(Tulsa, Okla./Jenks) had 10 points and a squad-best nine rebounds. Rodgers' two threes helped her break the program's all-time three point record with 251 in her career.
Georgetown forced 24 Orange turnovers on 15 steals. The Hoyas shot 80 percent from the line for the game.
Iasia Hemingway led Syracuse with 20 points and 15 rebounds, while Kayla Alexander added 11 points and 13 boards.
Georgetown will be back in action on Monday to close out the regular season at McDonough Arena as the squad takes on the No. 20/25 St. John's University Red Storm. Tipoff is scheduled for 4 p.m.
Fans can watch live on www.GUHoyas.com with Ryan Sakamoto and Ben Gordon Goldstein calling the action. Live stats will also be available.
Tickets are available at the Georgetown University Athletic Ticket Office.