Nov. 19, 2012
WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University women's basketball squad had big performances from three players to get the 71-69 victory over the Louisiana State University Lady Tigers (1-2) on Monday evening at McDonough Arena. Senior center Sydney Wilson (Silver Spring, Md./St. John's College Prep) and sophomore forward Brittany Horne (Carmel, N.Y./Carmel) both posted career highs for the Hoyas to improve to 3-1 overall.
"Our younger players needed to step up tonight and we know it's going to be difficult this season because the learning curve is small," said Georgetown Head Coach Keith Brown. "We believe if they keep working hard and the freshmen and sophomores who didn't play a lot keep learning, and we get a big presence out of Sydney, we have a chance to win basketball games."
The Hoyas scored first, but it was the Lady Tigers who got hot quickly going ahead by as much as seven, 13-6.
The Georgetown defense continued to pressure and as the tempo increased the Blue & Gray began to force turnovers.
A 3-pointer from senior shooting guard Sugar Rodgers (Suffolk, Va./King's Fork) under nine minutes gave GU the 16-15 lead, but the Lady Tigers answered right back with a trey of their own and eventually built the lead back to six.
A layup from freshman forward Logan Battle (Springfield, Va./West Springfield) cut it to four at the break as the Lady Tigers led 27-23.
It continued to be a two-possession game as the second half began, but a 7-0 run from the Hoyas including layups by Wilson and junior guard Samisha Powell (Virginia Beach, Va./Princess Anne) as well as a trey by Horne gave the Blue & Gray momentum as well as the lead, 33-32.
At that point, both teams went cold with a four-minute scoreless period for the Hoyas and seven minutes for LSU. With a deep 3-pointer, Rodgers built the lead and ended the streak as the Blue & Gray took their largest lead of the contest, 36-32.
The Lady Tigers hit a layup to end the scoreless stretch, but Wilson answered with power inside hitting a free throw and then chasing down the rebound to go right back up for a quick three points. She added a pair of free throws to make it 41-34 on a 5-0 run of her own.
The game turned physical with seven minutes remaining and a double technical seemed to energize both teams. LSU took advantage as Theresa Plaisance single-handedly tied it. However, a four-point play from Horne made it 47-43 after swishing the trey in the corner.
Horne continued to feel it hitting another 3-pointer as the Hoyas began to roll with four minutes remaining, but the Lady Tigers kept it close from beyond the arc.
In the waning minutes, fouls resulted in opportunities on both ends as the Lady Tigers cut it to two twice. The Hoyas held on with free throws from Rodgers and Powell, while the defense stood strong making the final, 71-69.
Rodgers led the way with 17 points and eight rebounds, as well as five assists and three steals. Horne added a career-best 16 and Wilson managed a career-high 15 points. Horne also pulled down seven rebounds.
The Hoyas outrebounded the Lady Tigers, 40-36, and forced 18 turnovers.
Adrienne Webb had 21 points for LSU and Theresa Plaisance had 20 points and seven boards.
Georgetown will head out for a west coast tour over the Thanksgiving holiday. The Hoyas will play at the Cal Classic Presented by Doubletree on Friday and Saturday. GU will face Cal State Fullerton on Friday at 6:15 p.m. ET. The consolation and championship will be on Saturday.