Feb. 27, 2012
WASHINGTON - The No. 12/13 Georgetown University women's basketball squad (22-7, 11-5 BIG EAST) lost a tough one to the No. 18/25 St. John's University Red Storm (21-8, 13-3 BIG EAST), 54-45, on Monday afternoon at McDonough Arena. The game closed out the regular season for both squads who have earned a double bye to the quarterfinals in the upcoming BIG EAST Tournament.
"I'm very surprised and very disappointed in today's game, I thought we came out flat," said Georgetown Head Coach Terri Williams-Flournoy. "We didn't look like we came out to play hard and that we were just going through the motions."
Despite leading by as much as nine at one point, the Hoyas struggled to find a rhythm in the first. The squads shot poorly in the opening minutes making it a slow start for both.
With 4:59 remaining in the first half, Georgetown trailed by one, 18-17. A jumper from junior guard Sugar Rodgers (Suffolk, Va./King's Fork) sparked a 10-0 run that would put GU up by nine, 27-18, with 1:48 left on the clock.
Rodgers scored five points in the run, while senior guard Alexa Roche (Bellmore, N.Y./St. Michael's Academy) added a layup and a free throw.
The lead quickly diminished, however, as the Red Storm went on its own 7-0 run to give the Blue & Gray the slight 27-25 advantage at the break.
Georgetown held onto the lead early in the second, until the Red Storm took advantage of turnovers to go ahead, 38-36, on a Da'Shena Stevens layup at 7:40.
The Hoyas would not lead again as St. John's used a 5-0 run to make it 45-38 with time ticking away.
Down the stretch, Georgetown was forced to foul and eventually fell, 54-45.
Rodgers was the lone Hoya in double digits with 13 points and a team-best seven rebounds. Senior points guard Rubylee Wright (Latta, S.C./Latta) had eight assists and three steals, while Roche added seven points and five boards.
The Hoyas were outrebounded, 44-31, but forced 22 Red Storm turnovers on nine steals. The Blue & Gray shot 27.1 percent for the contest.
St. John's had three players in double figures shooting 34.9 percent for the game.
"I hope that this is a learning experience for us, that you have to play with heart every time you step on the floor and that you have to play with a certain amount of effort," said Williams-Flournoy.
Georgetown had clinched the No. 4 seed in the upcoming BIG EAST Tournament giving the Hoyas a double bye to the quarterfinals. GU will open tournament play on Sunday at noon in Hartford, Conn., at the XL Center.
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