Dec. 1, 2010
WASHINGTON (AP) - The No. 12/13 Georgetown University women's basketball team rallied in the closing minute to defeat the University of Richmond Spiders, 65-64, Wednesday evening at McDonough Arena. The Blue & Gray took the lead with 1:05 to play and managed to hold on for the victory to improve to 6-1 on the season.
"We gave them a lot of confidence tonight and when you give a good team confidence they're going to play well," said Head Coach Terri Williams-Flournoy. "Our defense was better in the last ten minutes, but overall this wasn't a good performance."
With 1:05 remaining on the clock, sophomore Sugar Rodgers (Suffolk, Va./King's Fork) hit a jumper to put the Hoyas ahead by two. It was their first lead of the half. Two free throws from senior Monica McNutt (Suitland, Md./Academy of the Holy Cross) made it 65-61.
With just seven seconds remaining following the free throw, Georgetown committed a foul beyond the arc giving the Spiders a chance at a three-point play. Abby Oliver hit all three, but the Blue & Gray managed to force six turnovers in the final six minutes to hold on as time expired for the 65-64 win.
Early in the second half, Richmond led by as much as seven but the GU defense kept the Hoyas within striking distance. The squads were tied three times in the second half.
Georgetown led much of the first half, going ahead by as much as nine on a layup by sophomore Sydney Wilson (Silver Spring, Md./St. John's College Prep). Richmond took its first lead of the game at the 13-minute mark, but the Blue & Gray came back strong.
An 8-0 run in the closing minutes put the Spiders ahead, but a three from Rodgers put the Hoyas back on top. Richmond had one more run up its sleeve before the half as the Spiders led 37-34 at the break.
Rodgers led Georgetown with 22 points, while McNutt added 18. Tia Magee (Tulsa, Okla./Jenks) had a squad-high four boards. GU shot 47.9 percent from the field and 40 percent from beyond the arc. The Hoyas forced 25 Spider turnovers on 11 steals.
Brittani Shells led Richmond with 26 points, Georgetown held her to just six points in the second half.
"This is not a game we're going to hang our hat on," said McNutt. "We're glad we won but we know this wasn't our best game."
The Hoyas will embark on a four-game road trip with four games in eight days beginning at Wake Forest on Saturday. Tipoff is scheduled for 7 p.m., live stats will be available at www.GUHoyas.com.