March 20, 2011
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The Georgetown University women's basketball squad (23-10) defeated the Princeton University Tigers (24-5) on Sunday in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament in College Park, Md. The fifth-seeded Hoyas used a huge first half to get the 65-49 win over the 12th-seeded Tigers. Georgetown prepares to face fourth-seeded Maryland on Tuesday in the teams' second meeting of the season.
Sugar Rodgers (Suffolk, Va./King's Fork) scored 16 before halftime to help stake the Hoyas to a 34-14 lead. The 5-foot-11 sophomore finished with 26 points and led the team in rebounds (eight) and assists (four).
"I thought we came out and set the tone immediately with our pressure defense and that's what we wanted to do," said Georgetown Head Coach Terri Williams-Flournoy. "We wanted to not allow Princeton to get off because they were a team that shot the ball from both the field goal and the 3-point line and we just wanted to set the tone and get it set right away."
Addie Micir led Princeton (24-5) with 13 points. Bidding to become only the second Ivy League team to win an NCAA tournament game, the Tigers were no match for their Big East foe. The Hoyas snapped a 10-game Princeton win streak in the victory.
Georgetown took control with an 18-3 run that made it 22-5. Rodgers contributed eight points and an assist.
Princeton went 6-for-21 from the floor in the first half, including 1-for-9 from three-point range, and committed 14 turnovers compared to three for the Hoyas.
The Tigers closed to 54-39 with 6:17 left, but Georgetown cruised to the finish without difficulty.
Princeton finished with a 33-31 edge in rebounding and outscored the Hoyas 13-11 at the foul line, but Rodgers was clearly the best player on the floor.
The Hoyas will play fourth-seeded Maryland in the second round on Tuesday evening at Comcast Center at 7 p.m. The squads met earlier this season at McDonough Arena and the Hoyas came away with the 53-45 victory. They have never met in the postseason.
"It's tournament time and they've [Maryland] gotten so much better since we've played them," said Williams-Flournoy. "It's really hard to look at a team and what they did in November because certain players step up and they run different offenses, so the only advantage that we have is we've played them before and our kids are confident because we did beat them the first time."
The game will be televised live on ESPN2 with Bob Picozzi and Rebecca Lobo on the call.
Fans can purchase tickets through the Georgetown University Athletic Ticket Office by calling 202-687-HOYA.