Hoyas Upend No. 11/10 Delaware in WNIT Quarterfinals

Jasmine Jackson

Nov. 11, 2012

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NEWARK, Del. - Senior shooting guard Sugar Rodgers (Suffolk, Va./King's Fork) scored 35 points and the Georgetown University women's basketball team upset the No. 11/10 University of Delaware Blue Hens, 62-56, at the Bob Carpenter Center in Newark, Del., on Sunday afternoon. The Hoyas improve to 2-0 on the season and move to the semifinals of the Women's National Invitation Tournament for the first time in program history.

"We play in the BIG EAST, so we're used to playing these types of games going right to the end," said Georgetown Head Coach Keith Brown. "I'm just extremely proud of the entire time and how they responded to the adversity."

Rodgers took over from the start scoring GU's first eight points as the Blue & Gray jumped out to an early lead.

Turnovers by both squads made it an incredibly sloppy game and physical play forced GU into early foul trouble.

Georgetown maintained a consistent lead through the first ten minutes, but an 8-1 Blue Hen run cut it to one. At 3:04, a layup from Lauren Carra gave Delaware its first lead of the game at 23-22 and the team went up by three when she hit another seconds later.

A Rodgers trey tied it at 25, but Carra answered with a 3-pointer. Sophomore point guard Jasmine Jackson's (Old Bridge, N.J./Old Bridge) three-point play made it 28-28, however, a pair of the charity stripe with five seconds to go gave Delaware the lead going into the break, 30-28.

With both squads starting slow in the second, it was Rodgers who hit a pair of free throws to tie it at 16:50. She added a pair of layups and a free throw to give Georgetown a small cushion and hold the Blue Hens scoreless for the first 6:39 of the half.

At 6:33, Kayla Miller hit a 3-pointer to tie it at 44 as it became a battle down the stretch.

 

 

Despite every Blue Hen attempt, the Hoya defense found a way to hold onto the slight advantage. Free throws were key in the closing minutes with the Blue & Gray hitting seven from the line in the final five minutes to get the 62-56 victory and defeat its first ranked opponent of the season.

Rodgers led all scorers with 35 points setting a new Delaware record for most points scored by a UD opponent. The win also snapped a 15-game home win streak for the Blue Hens. The shooting guard also went 9-of-10 from the line and pulled down four rebounds as well as notching a squad-best five steals.

Jackson added 12 points, while junior guard Samisha Powell (Virginia Beach, Va./Princess Anne) and junior forward Andrea White (Lancaster, Va./Lancaster) both managed seven rebounds apiece.

Georgetown shot 40 percent from the field and 78.3 percent from the charity stripe, while holding Delaware to 36.2 percent shooting and 56.0 percent at the line. The Blue & Gray was outrebounded, 35-33, and forced 22 UD turnovers.

This marks the Hoyas' first-ever trip to the Preseason WNIT semifinals. They will appear in the semifinals on Wednesday at 7 p.m., at UNC in Chapel Hill, N.C.

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