Hoyas Fall to No. 11/11 Cal in Championship of Cal Classic by Doubletree
Nov. 24, 2012
WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University women's basketball squad fell, 72-56, to the No. 11/11 University of California Golden Bears (6-0) in the championship game of the Cal Classic presented by Doubletree on Saturday at Haas Pavilion in Berkeley, Calif. Georgetown battled its second ranked opponent of the season, but couldn't hold on to fall to 4-2 overall.
"Cal hit a couple more shots, we could have hit a couple more shots and I feel we could have rebounded better," said Georgetown Head Coach Keith Brown. "They had 14 offensive rebounds and four kids in double figures so they should have won the game, we need to go back and see what we could have done to give ourselves more opportunities to make shots."
The tempo was frantic early on and both teams were hitting from all over the court. Georgetown opened with a pair of quick layups, but the Golden Bears hit back-to-back 3-pointers to stay in it. Turnovers gave Cal an opportunity to take a 12-8 lead, but a trey from senior shooting guard Sugar Rodgers(Suffolk, Va./King's Fork) cut the lead to one.
A layup from Rodgers tied it at 15 at 12:34, but Cal managed nine points on three layups and a trey to go ahead by nine as the Hoyas went cold for more than six minutes.
The drought ended on a huge offensive rebound from junior point guard Samisha Powell (Virginia Beach, Va./Princess Anne) who kicked it out to Rodgers for a wide open 3-pointer. Junior forward Andrea White(Lancaster, Va./Lancaster) followed that up with a drive to the basket to pull the Blue & Gray within four, 24-20.
Georgetown came alive in the final two minutes of the first with big shots from Powell, Rodgers and sophomore forward Brittney Horne (Carmel, N.Y./Carmel). On the defensive end, the Hoyas allowed just one bucket to make it 34-29 at the break trailing by just five.
Georgetown came out fired up in the second and cut the lead to one on two occasions, but a 9-0 run from Cal gave the Bears its largest lead to that point at 10.
The Blue & Gray continued to battle, but Cal's presence down low allowed the Bears layups as the team tried to pull away.
The Hoyas wouldn't allow Cal to take the game, however, as back-to-back trey's from Rodgers and Horne cut the lead to seven, 54-47. On defense, Georgetown forced turnovers with a high trapping zone.
A quick Cal run allowed the Bears to go ahead by 13, but GU continued to battle. Unfortunately it wasn't enough as the Hoyas fell, 72-56.
Rodgers led the way for Georgetown with 20 points and six rebounds, while White added 15 points and three rebounds as well as three steals. Powell had seven assists in the contest.
Georgetown shot 42.9 percent from the field, but was outrebounded, 36-28. Cal managed 50 percent from the field and had 23 turnovers in the game. Layshia Clarendon led the Bears with 20 points and Gennifer Brandon had 13 points and 13 boards.
Rodgers and White were both named to the All-Tournament team. Rodgers had 42 points and 14 boards over two contests, while White contributed 25 points and six rebounds.
The Hoyas will be back in action on Wednesday as the squad hosts the La Salle University Explorers at 8 p.m., at McDonough Arena. Live stats and a webcast will be available at www.GUHoyas.com.