No. 10/11 Hoyas Defeat Longwood in Season Opener
Nov. 11, 2011
WASHINGTON - The No. 10/11 Georgetown University women's basketball squad (1-0) won its season opener on Friday evening in McDonough Arena defeating the Longwood University Lancers (0-1), 56-45. The Hoyas had a slow start, but managed to maintain a comfortable lead for almost the entire contest to pick up the first win of the 2011-12 season.
Despite an underwhelming performance, Head Coach Terri Williams-Flournoy was pleased with the effort.
"Do you want to come out and look absolutely perfect in your first game? Sure you do, but I don't think I've ever seen that happen. It's the first game, you're playing with different combinations and trying to get everyone some minutes. You can call it rust, first game jitters, it's a W."
Longwood scored first, but the Hoyas quickly tied it on a jumper from senior Alexa Roche (Bellmore, N.Y./St. Michael's Academy) who recorded her first career start. Classmate Adria Crawford (Alexandria, Va./Thomas Edison) added a layup to give Georgetown its first lead which would stand for the remainder of the contest.
The Blue & Gray went ahead by as much as 10 points in the first half as a number of players contributed off of the bench.
Freshman Taylor Brown (Bowie, Md./Bishop McNamara) pushed the advantage to 10 at 10:22 on a layup off a turnover. Longwood cut it to three just minutes later, but Georgetown put together a 7-0 run to once again move ahead by double digits thanks to a three from Roche.
The teams went into half with Georgetown leading, 29-23.
Longwood came out and immediately cut the lead to four early in the second half. However, Georgetown went on a 6-0 run to move ahead by double digits on a layup from junior Vanessa Moore (Hackettstown, N.J./Pope John XXIII).
As the Hoyas closed out the contest, the Lancers pulled within six but it would be the closest they would came as Georgetown won, 56-45.
Junior Sugar Rodgers (Suffolk, Va./King's Fork) led the squad with 13 points going 8-of-8 from the line and Crawford added a squad-high seven rebounds. Roche scored 10 points, while junior Sydney Wilson added six points and six boards.
Georgetown outrebounded Longwood, 44-29, and forced the Lancers in 23 turnovers. The Hoyas also posted 11 blocks, but shot just 31.7 percent from the field.
"On a positive we had 44 rebounds, that's outstanding for us," said Williams-Flournoy. "These games also give you an opportunity to see players step in and do different things. Tommacina (McBride) came in and gave us some good quality minutes, Andrea (White) game us some quality minutes and I thought Sydney Wilson looked extremely tough today."
Brittani Billups led the Lancers with 14 points and eight rebounds, while Erin Neal also added 14 points with three steals.
The Blue & Gray has a rematch from last year's NCAA Tournament on Sunday as the Hoyas travel to Comcast Center to battle the No. 11/10 University of Maryland Terrapins. Live stats will be available at www.GUHoyas.com and tipoff is scheduled for 2 p.m.