Dec. 1, 2012
WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University women's basketball team (6-2) came out on top, 70-54, in the crosstown rivalry matchup against the George Washington University Colonials (4-3) Saturday afternoon at the Smith Center. Four Hoyas scored in double figures for the Blue & Gray which is in the midst of a three-game road swing.
"This is the start of a big-time rivalry and the game was great, I think this can turn into one of those special events every year," said Georgetown Head Coach Keith Brown. "They played hard, our kids played well and any time you have four players in double figures, you hope to win."
The lead went back and forth through the opening 10 minutes of play as neither team looked exceptionally sharp.
A jumper from GW's Chakecia Miller at 9:45 sparked an 8-2 run that forced the Hoyas to trail by eight, 18-10. It became an uphill battle for the Blue & Gray as George Washington held on going up by 10 on a basket by Danni Jackson.
With five minutes remaining in the first half, the Hoyas needed something to get back in it and a jumper from senior shooting guard Sugar Rodgers (Suffolk, Va./King's Fork) at 5:10 was the key. This started an 8-0 Georgetown run including a layup by senior center Sydney Wilson (Silver Spring, Md./St. John's College Prep), as well as buckets from junior forward Andrea White (Lancaster, Va./Lancaster) and freshman forward Logan Battle (Springfield, Va./West Springfield).
With the game tied at 26, GW tried to jump ahead but the Hoyas wouldn't allow it as a late layup from White with 10 seconds remaining tied it at 33 as the teams went into the break.
Georgetown came out firing in the second half as the Blue & Gray put together a 9-2 run to take the 42-35 lead, their largest of the game to that point.
The Hoya defense continued to force turnovers and make plays on the other end as the run became 19-4 and the lead ballooned to 52-37.
GW stopped the bleeding with a three at the 13-minute mark, but at that point the damage had been done. The Hoyas continued to pile on the points going ahead by 20 right before the eight-minute mark and not allowing the Colonials back into the contest.
Despite a late scuffle, the game continued smoothly and Hoyas went on to win, 70-54.
Rodgers led all scorers with 22 points and a team-high eight rebounds. She was 10-for-10 from the line and had four assists along with six steals. White added 15 points, five boards and four helpers, while junior point guard Samisha Powell (Virginia Beach, Va./Princess Anne) posted 11 points with five rebounds. Wilson rounded it out with 10 points and four boards.
GU shot 50 percent for the game and outrebounded GW, 30-27. The Hoyas forced 30 turnovers and 36.5 percent shooting from the field.
Tara Booker led George Washington with 20 points, while Megan Nipe added 11.
Georgetown outscored the Colonials, 37-21, in the second half and dominated the boards, 18-10, in the final 20 minutes while also shooting 54.5 percent from the field.
Georgetown will be back in action on Tuesday at Monmouth University for the second in a three-game road swing. Tipoff is scheduled for 7 p.m., at The MAC in West Long Branch, N.J. Live stats and a webcast will be available through the Hawks' athletic website.
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