March 8, 2010
HARTFORD, Conn. - A poor shooting night came at a bad time for the No. 12/11 Georgetown women's basketball squad (25-6) Sunday evening as the third-seeded Hoyas fell to the sixth-seeded Rutgers University Scarlet Knights (19-13), 63-56, in double overtime in the quarterfinals of the BIG EAST Tournament. Georgetown led for much of the game but 26.5 percent shooting from the field and some late misses proved to be the difference as GU was bounced from the tournament.
"I thought our kids played extremely hard. It was a tough game," said Georgetown Head Coach Terri Williams-Flournoy. "Shots didn't fall like we needed them to fall. I'm very proud of my young ladies. It was an extremely tough loss but we still have the NCAA tournament."
Defense was the story of the first half as the Hoya full-court pressure stymied the Rutgers offense. The Blue & Gray managed to hold Rutgers to just two field goals until the six-minute mark in the first. Unfortunately, poor shooting on the other end didn't allow Georgetown to take advantage going ahead by just 11 points during the run.
A scoring drought late in the half gave Rutgers an opportunity to get back in it as the Hoyas struggled to take advantage of steals hitting their final field goal at 6:12. The Scarlet Knights cut it to three but eventually fouls resulted in GU free throws late in the half making it 23-19 at the break.
Ta'Shauna "Sugar" Rodgers (Suffolk, Va./King's Fork) led the Hoyas with 11 points and a team-high four rebounds. Sophomore Latia Magee (Tulsa, Okla./Jenks) added seven points. Georgetown outrebounded Rutgers 21-19 and forced 15 Scarlet Knight turnovers on eight steals. However, GU shot a dismal 20 percent in the half and allowed RU 30 percent shooting from the field.
The offensive struggles continued into the second as Rutgers began to close in on the Hoyas. Alexa Roche (Bellmore, N.Y./St. Michael's Academy) kept GU in it midway through hitting five-straight points. However, at 7:42 Rutgers took its first lead of the game on a pair of free throws which was part of an 8-0 run that put GU down by five.
Trailing by three with four minutes remaining a three-point play with Monica McNutt's (Suitland, Md./Academy of the Holy Cross) first points of the night tied it up at 42. Rodgers' put-back gave GU the lead but RU came back as it went down to the wire.
A pair of free throws by Rubylee Wright (Latta, S.C./Latta) once again moved the Hoyas ahead but charity shots on the other end tied it at 46 sending the game into overtime.
The Blue & Gray looked to be in control during the first overtime with a four-point lead midway through. However, with just seconds remaining the Hoyas hit only one-of-two free throws to lead by three and an off balance three at the buzzer from Rutgers sent it into a second overtime with the score tied at 51.
Rutgers controlled the second overtime after hitting a second three early on. Georgetown tried to come back but continued to struggle from the field eventually falling 63-56.
Rodgers led all scorers tallying her first career double-double with 20 points and 12 rebounds. McNutt had only six points but pulled down 10 boards and Magee had 12 points as well as five rebounds. Georgetown forced 22 Rutgers turnovers but was outrebounded 50-44 and shot just 26.5 percent for the game.
The Hoyas will now be looking for an automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament. Selection Monday is on March 15 and will be televised on ESPN.