Nov. 23, 2012
BERKELEY, Calif. - The Georgetown University women's basketball squad had a tough second half, but it was enough to hold on for the 53-51 victory over the Cal State Fullerton Titans (2-3) on Friday afternoon at Haas Pavilion in the semifinals of the Cal Classic by Doubletree. The Hoyas improve to 4-1 on the season and will face their second ranked opponent of the year in the championship on Saturday.
"We have a young team and there were some positives, but the bottom line is that we need to get better at closing out game," said Georgetown Head Coach Keith Brown.
The Hoyas went up by as much as eight early on fueled by contributions down low from senior center Sydney Wilson (Silver Spring, Md./St. John's College Prep) and junior forward Andrea White (Lancaster, Va./Lancaster). Back-to-back 3-pointers from the Titans cut the lead to just two, 13-11, at the 12-minute mark.
Nine points from senior shooting guard Sugar Rodgers (Suffolk, Va./King's Fork) and a layup by sophomore guard Brittany Horne (Carmel, N.Y./Carmel) allowed the Hoyas to gain the 10-point advantage and from that point on, Georgetown never looked back. The Blue & Gray closed out the final 10 minutes of the half on a 22-5 run including 15 points from Rodgers.
The Hoyas went into the break with a comfortable 35-16 lead.
Fullerton was looking to come back in the second half and intensified the defense hoping to force Hoya turnovers. The Titans cut the lead to 10, 45-35, and from that point on it was a battle to hold on as GU went cold.
A Georgetown technical foul at the six-minute mark sparked a 7-2 Cal State run as the team managed to pull within seven, 53-46 with 2:24 remaining.
It proved to be a dogfight down the stretch as a layup with a minute remaining made it a two-possession game and a Hoya turnover with the ensuing 3-pointer on the other end made it 53-51 with 36 seconds to go. The defense held up and forced a turnover to run out the clock making the final, 53-51.
Rodgers led all scorers with 22 points and pulled down a team-best eight rebounds as well as four steals. White added 10 points and four assists, while Wilson posted eight.
Georgetown outrebounded Cal Fullerton, 38-37, and forced 24 turnovers. The Hoyas shot 45.8 percent from the field and allowed just 25 percent Titan shooting.
The Blue & Gray will play in the championship of the tournament on Saturday against the host-No. 11 University of California Golden Bears at 6:15 p.m. ET. Live stats and a webcast will be available through Cal's athletic website.