No. 12/11 Hoyas Tie for Second in BIG EAST Conference with Win Over Seton Hall
March 1, 2010
WASHINGTON - The No. 12/11 Georgetown University women's basketball team (25-5, 13-3 BIG EAST) had a historic night in a 71-49 victory over the Seton Hall University Pirates (9-20, 1-15 BIG EAST) Monday evening at McDonough Arena. The win gave Georgetown an undefeated record at home for the season (13-0) and the squad broke the school record for most three's made in a game with 13. Additionally, the Blue & Gray finished out conference play with a mark of 13-3 tying West Virginia for second place in the league and securing the third seed in the conference tournament this weekend.
"We're happy with the wins but still have so much more to accomplish and we haven't had time to step back and look at the big picture," said Georgetown Head Coach Terri Williams-Flournoy. "We still have to win a game in the BIG EAST Tournament and we haven't been to an NCAA Tournament since I've been here so we can't settle on what we have already accomplished, we need to keep moving forward."
Georgetown got off to a quick start at 17:28 when the Hoyas staged a 23-3 run to take a commanding 21-point lead thanks to six combined three's from junior captain Monica McNutt (Suitland, Md./Academy of the Holy Cross) and freshman Ta'Shauna "Sugar" Rodgers (Suffolk, Va./King's Fork).
The coaching staff began to rotate in players changing up the lineups, however, GU managed to stay ahead by double digits as the defense forced 14 turnovers in the half. In the closing minutes, Alexa Roche (Bellmore, N.Y./St. Michael's Academy) sank a pair of trey's to make it 41-15 at the break.
McNutt led all scorers with 12, while Rodgers added 11 and Roche contributed six points. Roche also had a team-best four rebounds and sophomore classmate Latia Magee (Tulsa, Okla./Jenks) pulled down three boards. GU shot 56 percent in the half connecting on nine three's and going 14-of-25 from the field. Both squads pulled down 13 rebounds and the Hoyas had six steals in the half.
The second half was much of the same as Georgetown inflated the lead to as many as 35 points. GU sank four more three's in the half to break the record of 12 set in 2006 against Fordham.
"Sug (Rodgers) and Moni (McNutt) just shot the lights out," said Williams-Flournoy. "We weren't surprised because we've seen what they can do in practice, but when they have that confidence they can't miss."
Despite mixing up the lineup and some late turnovers, Georgetown managed to maintain the comfortable lead going on to win 71-49.
Rodgers led all scorers with 24 points, hitting seven three's. McNutt added 14 and Magee had 10. Roche scored nine points and pulled down a team-high seven boards. Georgetown shot 48.1 percent in the game and forced 20 Pirate turnovers while outrebounding SHU 29-28.
With the victory Georgetown has clinched the No. 3 seed in the tournament marking the highest seed since the 1996-97 season and the highest finish in conference play since the same year when the Hoyas won the BIG EAST regular season, tying Connecticut for the title.
Georgetown will have a double bye before facing No. 6 Rutgers, No. 11 South Florida or No. 14 Cincinnati in the quarterfinals on Sunday at 8 p.m. on ESPNU. Ticket information for the BIG EAST Tournament can be found at the conference website or by contacting the Georgetown Ticket Office.