Nov. 14, 2012
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - Senior shooting guard Sugar Rodgers (Suffolk, Va./King's Fork) made history on Wednesday night becoming the Georgetown women's basketball all-time scoring leader as the No. 25/RV Hoyas fell to the University of North Carolina- Chapel Hill Tar Heels (3-0), 63-48, in the semifinals of the Preseason Women's National Invitation Tournament. It marked GU's first loss of the season as the team moved to 2-1 overall.
"Our inexperience was our downfall today. When you play a historic program like UNC, you can get caught up and our kids played UNC the program instead of the game tonight," said Georgetown Head Coach Keith Brown. "When you turn a team over 35 times, you should win the game, but we need to do a better job of making layups and hitting free throws."
The Hoyas scored first, but a 12-0 run from the Tar Heels, including a trio of 3-pointers, put the Blue & Gray down early as the squad was scoreless for more than eight minutes.
Georgetown went without a field goal for ten minutes, but a jumper from Rodgers at 9:23 sparked a 9-0 run. Rodgers' shot was followed by layups from junior forward Andrea White (Lancaster, Va./Lancaster) which turned it around to pull the Hoyas within three. The defense was crucial forcing 15 turnovers to open the game and holding the Tar Heels scoreless for more than five minutes.
The teams heated up as the first half wound down with Rodgers scoring back-to-back trey's, but UNC found a way on the other end to make it 21-20 with three minutes remaining.
At the half, UNC led, 26-22, fueled by a late three.
The Hoyas shot just 20.5 percent in the first and were outrebounded, 31-22, but forced 21 Tar Heel turnovers and 36.0 percent shooting from the floor.
The second half started much like the first with the Tar Heels taking a quick lead on a 7-2 run.
UNC went up by as 14 at the 13-minute mark, but the Blue & Gray battled back with a 6-0 run.
Georgetown continued to fight, but every time the Hoyas gained momentum, the Tar Heels knocked down a three to keep GU at bay. The Hoyas would not come within 10 again as they tried to get back in it.
At 3:45, Rodgers hit a free throw which gave her 1,886 career points making her the program's all-time career scoring leader in just 101 games played.
Despite her accomplishment, the Hoyas were unable to make a comeback in the final minutes falling, 63-48, at the final horn.
Rodgers led the way with 22 points and seven rebounds, while White added 11 points and six boards. Sophomore Brittany Horne and senior Sydney Wilson each had seven rebounds as well. Georgetown was outrebounded, 53-42, and shot just 23.5 percent from the field, but forced 35 Tar Heel turnovers.
Brittany Rountree led the way for UNC with 22 points and the Tar Heels hit 10 3-pointers in the game.
Georgetown will be back on action on Monday at McDonough Arena as the Hoyas host the LSU Lady Tigers at 7 p.m. Live stats and a webcast will be available at www.GUHoyas.com.
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