Nov. 9, 2012
WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University women's basketball squad helped first-year Head Coach Keith Brown make history Friday evening as the Hoyas defeated the Sacred Heart University Pioneers, 90-63, at McDonough Arena in Brown's debut. The win advanced the Blue & Gray to the quarterfinals of the Women's National Invitation Tournament which will be played at No. 11/10 Delaware on Sunday at 2 p.m.
It was a tough first-round matchup with the Hoyas as the only team in the tournament that went to the NCAA Tournament a season ago and was facing another NCAA qualifier.
"Execution was our goal tonight, I told the girls that if we could execute, we could win and we did it okay but there is a lot of room for improvement," said Brown. "We must play better defense, our motto is to defend rebound and share the ball and we didn't do a great job of defending in the second half, but overall I'm pleased with the effort tonight."
The Hoyas controlled the pace from the get go and led from end to end, sticking with the pressure defense and up-tempo pace they have made famous.
GU opened with a 7-0 run including five points from senior shooting guard and preseason All-American Sugar Rodgers (Suffolk, Va./King's Fork). The Pioneers fought back cutting it to one, but the Hoya defense stayed strong forcing turnovers in the press.
Georgetown led by seven at 14:42, but a 5-0 SHU run cut it to two just a minute later.
Junior forward Andrea White (Lancaster, Va./Lancaster) wasn't about to let the Blue & Gray trail taking over and posting six-consecutive points herself which sparked the Hoyas and allowed them to gain the advantage.
From that point on, Georgetown controlled the game and finished off the first half with a 12-0 run four points each from Rodgers and freshman forward Logan Battle (Springfield, Va./West Springfield) to go into the half leading, 47-24
The Hoyas continued to cruise in the second half never allowing the Pioneers back into the game.
As the coaching staff mixed up the lineup, the Blue & Gray built the lead going up by as much as 38 with 6:57 remaining in the contest.
Knowing there would be a game on Sunday, the starters took a break and the reserves held on making the final 90-63 and giving the Hoyas their first win of the season.
Of the ten available players, all ten played, tallied a point and pulled down a rebound for the balanced effort.
White led the way with a career-best 24 points going 11-of-13 from the field and pulling down seven boards as well as notching five steals and three blocks. Rodgers posted her first double-double of the season with 22 points and a squad-high ten rebounds. She also managed five assists and six steals to lead the Hoyas. Senior center Sydney Wilson (Silver Spring, Md./St. John's College Prep) had eight boards and junior guard Samisha Powell (Virginia Beach, Va./Princess Anne) led the Hoyas with seven assists.
Kiley Evans had 18 points for Sacred Heart which had three players in double figures.
Georgetown shot 45.8 percent for the game and outrebounded SHU, 54-39. The defense held the Pioneers to 29.9 percent shooting and forced 27 turnovers.
Brown is just the second coach in program history to win his debut game. The last was the first coach of the program, Betty Underwood, who led the Hoyas to a 35-23 victory over Immaculata in 1970.
Georgetown has advanced to the quarterfinals of the WNIT and will play at No. 11/10 Delaware on Sunday at 2 p.m., at the Bob Carpenter Center.
The Hoyas are now 2-1 in the Preseason WNIT after going 1-1 in 2000-01. In that year, they defeated James Madison, 75-70, in the opening round and fell to Purdue, 81-67, in the second.
The Blue & Gray is 1-3 all-time against the University of Delaware with the last meeting in 2005-06 where the Hoyas fell, 65-43, in Newark, Del. The lone win came on November 27, 2004 at home by a score of 67-56.
Tipoff on Sunday is scheduled for 2 p.m., at the Bob Carpenter Center. Tickets can be purchased through the University of Delaware. Live stats and a webcast will be available through the Blue Hen's athletic website.
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