Nov. 21, 2011
WASHINGTON - Senior forward Tia Magee (Tulsa, Okla./Jenks) had 13 points and 12 rebounds to help the No. 21/16 Georgetown University women's basketball squad beat the Monmouth University Hawks (0-3), 64-44, on Monday night at McDonough Arena. The Hoyas used a big second-half push to get the victory and improve to 3-2 on the season.
"I think there were moments during the game where we played extremely well," said Georgetown Head Coach Terri Williams-Flournoy. "Our press was really good and it showed that we are a lot better when we are flying all over the floor. We need to be flying to get steals, flying to get the stops, flying to get the traps and flying to get to the open position. We're just much better when we're moving."
The difference came in the second half when Monmouth came out hot tying it at 34 thanks to an 8-0 run which included a pair of three's.
The Hoyas came back with an 11-minute 20-2 run forcing nine Monmouth turnovers as well as getting six points from Magee and five from classmate Adria Crawford (Alexandria, Va./Thomas Edison) as well as freshman Jasmine Jackson (Old Bridge, N.J./Old Bridge).
The depth of the Hoya bench and the emergence of both Magee and classmate Rubylee Wright (Latta, S.C./Latta) made the difference as Georgetown ran players in and out forcing an up-tempo pace.
To start the contest, the Hoyas scored first but Monmouth came back to take a 9-6 lead after a trio of treys to open the game. With the score tied at 11, Wright hit two three's and sophomore guard Samisha Powell (Virginia Beach, Va./Princess Anne) nailed one on three consecutive possessions to put the Hoyas ahead by nine, 20-11.
Monmouth would fight back, going into the half trailing by just seven after a 5-0 run to finish out the first.
Overall, the Hoyas boasted a balanced attack with 11 different players scoring and 12 seeing time on the court in the 64-44 victory.
Magee led the way with her first double-double of the season on 13 points and 12 rebounds. Wright added 13 points with three assists and freshman Taylor Brown (Bowie, Md./Bishop McNamara) tallied 13 points as well as six boards.
"Tia Magee and I spoke before she left this summer and I told her that she had to understand her role, that she needed to come back more aggressive to score and more aggressive defensively, she needed to make plays for us," said Williams-Flournoy. `She's doing exactly what we want her to do and I'm proud of the effort that she's giving us right now."
Georgetown outrebounded the Hawks, 43-32, pulling down 21 boards on the offensive glass. The Hoyas forced 21 Monmouth turnovers on 10 steals and shot 36.5 percent for the game.
"We've actually been rebounding extremely well," said Williams-Flournoy. "We had 21 rebounds against LSU so we're getting to the boards. That's something that we have to continue to do."
The win marked the first time this season that Georgetown has won consecutive games.
Alexis Canady scored 14 points for the Hawks, who were held to their lowest point total this season.
The Hoyas will have the remainder of the week off celebrating the Thanksgiving holiday in Las Vegas, Nev., before facing the No. 10/11 University of Georgia Bulldogs in the semifinal of UNLV's Lady Rebel Roundup. Tipoff is scheduled for 12:30 p.m. ET on Saturday. The game will be meaningful for Williams-Flournoy who was an assistant coach at UGA for six seasons. The winner of Saturday's game will play the winner of UNLV/Northeastern on Sunday afternoon. Gametracker will be available for both games on GUHoyas.com.