Eighth-Seeded Hoyas Fall Short to Top-Ranked UConn, 59-43
March 6, 2011
HARTFORD, Conn. - The eighth-seeded Georgetown University women's basketball squad (22-10) fell in the quarterfinals of the BIG EAST Tournament on Sunday, 59-43, to the top-seeded University of Connecticut Huskies (30-1) at the XL Center. In their second meeting in the past eight days, the Hoyas once again put together an outstanding defensive performance, but couldn't convert on offense.
"I thought our team came out and played extremely well in the second half," said Georgetown Head Coach Terri Williams-Flournoy. "We held them to 59 points, forced them into 21 turnovers, but once again we weren't able to contribute on the offensive end, and that really hurts."
With the game tied 7-7 early on, UConn used a 17-5 burst to take control.
Senior guard Monica McNutt's (Suitland, Md./Academy of the Holy Cross) three-pointer with 6:35 left in the half cut the Hoyas' deficit to nine before UConn rattled off 13 of the final 15 points to go up by 20 at the half.
After making three of its first four shots, Georgetown finished the first half missing 20 of its final 24. The Hoyas shot just 23 percent (16-for-70) in the game.
Georgetown made a run early in the second half, cutting its deficit to 11 as sophomore guard Sugar Rodgers (Suffolk, Va./King's Fork) scored eight-straight points. Her second straight three brought the Hoyas to 41-30 with 15:36 left.
Both teams struggled on the offensive end over the next 10 minutes, combining for just two baskets. Maya Moore missed 10 of her first 11 shots before hitting a layup with 5:15 left that gave UConn a 49-34 advantage.
The Hoyas couldn't get within 12 the rest of the game and eventually fell, 59-43.
Rodgers led the Blue & Gray with 17 points, while also pulling down six rebounds and posting three steals. Junior point guard Rubylee Wright (Latta, S.C./Latta) added seven points, three assists and three rebounds. Classmate Tia Magee (Tulsa, Okla./Jenks) pulled down a squad-best eight rebounds but struggled offensively with four points.
Georgetown forced the Huskies into 21 turnovers and held Moore to just six points. The Hoyas were outrebounded, 49-37, and struggled to defense the paint as Stephanie Dolson posted a career-best 24 points.
The Blue & Gray is in the mix for an NCAA Tournament bid. The bracket will be announced on Monday, March 14 on ESPN at 7 p.m. ET.