Nov. 26, 2011
LAS VEGAS - The No. 21/21 Georgetown University women's basketball squad made it three in a row with a 64-56 victory over the No. 10/10 University of Georgia Lady Bulldogs (4-1) on Saturday afternoon at Cox Pavilion in the semifinals of the Lady Rebel Roundup. It marked UGA's first loss of the season and improved GU to 4-2 on the season. The Hoyas will face undefeated UNLV in the championship game on Sunday.
"I'm very proud of our young ladies, I thought everyone contributed to this victory," said Georgetown Head Coach Terri Williams-Flournoy.
Looking at a three-point 59-56 advantage late in the game, senior point guard Rubylee Wright (Latta, S.C./Latta) penetrated the lane with a scooping layup to make it a two-possession game. The Hoyas came up with four big defensive stops to close out the contest as the Lady Bulldogs were forced to foul on the other end.
At the final buzzer, GU had the 64-56 victory marking its first win over a ranked opponent this season.
A 13-2 Georgetown run early in the second half gave the Hoyas momentum and an 11-point lead which was the largest of the game. Freshman guard Taylor Brown (Bowie, Md./Bishop McNamara) started it out with a trey and junior guard Sugar Rodgers (Suffolk, Va./King's Fork) added a jumper at the free throw line.
Brown hit her second three of the run before senior point guard Wright stole the ball in the press and went in for the layup. Rodgers added a trey making it 48-37 midway through the second.
The Lady Bulldogs came back and cut it to six with 3:33 remaining in the game keeping the game within reach, but the Hoya defense would close it out.
Each team showed flashes of brilliance in the first half with Georgia looking good early and the Hoyas coming on late. After trailing by seven four minutes in, senior forward Tia Magee (Tulsa, Okla./Jenks) brought the Hoyas right back into the game with two layups and a free throw.
As the defense did its job on the other end, the Hoyas had different players step up to keep it close. Senior guard Alexa Roche hit a three and came back with a field goal on the next possession to make it 20-15 giving GU its largest lead of the half at 6:03.
As the first half wound down, Rodgers caught fire hitting three consecutive three's as the Hoyas went into the break leading, 31-29.
Rodgers led the way for the Blue & Gray with 23 points, while Magee added 14 points and six rebounds. Senior forward Adria Crawford (Alexandria, Va./Thomas Edison) pulled down a squad-best seven rebounds and Wright added nine points along with four assists and two steals. Georgetown outrebounded Georgia, 40-33, and shot 39.3 percent for the game.
The Hoyas had a number of contributors in the win.
"I think Alexa Roche held it down for us in the first half and we were very happy to see Sugar Rodgers wake up," said Williams-Flournoy. "Tia Magee had some big buckets down the stretch, Rubylee Wright did a great job running the point and out little freshman Taylor Brown hit some big threes."
The win was meaningful for Williams-Flournoy who coached under Georgia Head Coach Andy Landers at UGA for six seasons. It was the first meeting between the coaches.
Sunday's game will be at 6:30 p.m. ET against Lady Rebels in the championship game of the Lady Rebel Roundup after UNLV defeated Northeastern in Saturday's early game. Live stats will be available at www.GUHoyas.com.