March 5, 2013
WASHINGTON - A tough shooting night resulted in a loss for the Georgetown University women's basketball squad Monday evening at McDonough Arena in the team's regular season finale. The Hoyas fell to the University of South Florida Bulls (20-9, 9-7 BIG EAST), 63-35, to finish off the regular season with a record of 14-15 overall and 5-11 in BIG EAST Conference play.
The tilt also marked the last game at home for seniors Sugar Rodgers (Suffolk, Va./King's Fork), Sydney Wilson (Silver Spring, Md./St. John's College Prep) and Vanessa Moore (Hackettstown, N.J./Pope John XXIII). Rodgers leaves the Hilltop as one of the best players to wear the Blue & Gray.
"Sugar has meant everything to this program," said Georgetown Head Coach Keith Brown. "On and off the court Sugar has been a superstar. At times she's been frustrated, but she's done a wonderful job teaching and showing the younger players how to play Georgetown basketball."
The Bulls opened the game with a 9-0 run, before Wilson hit a free throw at 15:59 for the first point of the game. A Rodgers layup at 13:36 made the score 10-3, but the Hoyas would go cold for the next eight minutes as USF built a 13-point lead.
Junior forward Andrea White (Lancaster, Va./Lancaster) stopped the rally with a jumper at 5:30 and Rodgers followed that up with a 3-pointer to cut the lead to eight.
However, South Florida finished the half with an 8-0 run to go into the break leading, 24-8.
The Bulls came out firing in the second to go ahead by 19 before freshman forward Dominique Vitalis (Bloomfield, N.J./Gill St. Bernard's) connected the three-point play to make it 27-11.
That would be the end of the scoring for a while as Georgetown went cold for the next four minutes and USF managed a 16-0 run.
At this point, Rodgers took over with 10-consecutive points to spark some life into the Blue & Gray.
Unfortunately, it wasn't enough as Georgetown never found a way back into the game. At the final whistle, the score was 63-35 as the Hoyas suffered a tough way to end the regular season.
Rodgers led all scorers with 20 points including four 3-pointers. Vitalis managed five points and two steals, while Moore pulled down a team-best eight rebounds.
Georgetown struggled from the field hitting just 16.7 percent, but the defense held the Bulls to 29.4 percent shooting.
The Hoyas were outrebounded, 59-41, and forced 18 USF turnovers.
South Florida had three players in double figures with Courtney Williams leading the way with 18 points.
The BIG EAST Tournament is next on the slate.
"We're good enough to beat some of these teams," said Brown. "I just told the team that we held South Florida to 29 percent shooting and we only gave up 63 points, but we only had nine buckets. If other people step up and hit shots, we're a different team. I hope this is an awakening for them."
Georgetown has earned the No. 11 seed in the BIG EAST Tournament and will face No. 14 Providence College on Friday evening in Hartford, Conn., at XL Center at 8 p.m. Earlier this season, the Hoyas downed the Friars, 79-64, in Rhode Island. The game will be available online through BIGEAST.tv.