No. 19/20 Hoyas Win in BIG EAST Opener
Dec. 7, 2011
PITTSBURGH - The No. 19/20 Georgetown University women's basketball team opened BIG EAST Conference play with a big 82-54 win over the University of Pittsburgh Panthers (4-5, 0-1 BIG EAST) at the Petersen Events Center Wednesday evening in Pittsburgh, Pa. The Hoyas used a balanced attack to improve to 8-2 overall and 1-0 in the BIG EAST as well as continue its eight-game win streak.
Junior shooting guard Sugar Rodgers (Suffolk, Va./King's Fork) came alive in the second half to score 21 of her 28 points to lead the Hoyas who posted their highest point total of the season.
"We played exceptionally well tonight," said Georgetown Head Coach Terri Williams-Flournoy. "We played well on defense and forced 24 turnovers which is how we want to play."
Freshman guard Taylor Brown (Bowie, Md./Bishop McNamara) dominated the first few minutes of the game scoring Georgetown's first five points. She added a put back as well as a layup off of a steal in the backcourt for nine of GU's first 14 points and single-handedly outscoring the Panthers.
The Blue & Gray then managed a 19-1 run forcing seven Pitt turnovers on defense to take a 26-7 lead midway through the half.
The Hoyas maintained for the remainder of the period with points from a number of different players as turnovers on defense turned into points at the other end and six different players scored for Georgetown in the first.
At the break, the Hoyas had a commanding 20-point lead, 40-20. Brown led all scorers in the first half with 12 points while senior forward Tia Magee (Tulsa, Okla./Jenks) added eight.
The Blue & Gray shot 51.7 percent on offense and was sharp on defense forcing 10 turnovers and allowing just 17.6 percent shooting from Pitt.
Rodgers took over in the second scoring GU's first twelve points and going a perfect 6-of-6 at the line as she attacked the rim on offense.
A three from Rodgers at 8:08 gave the Blue & Gray its largest lead of the game to that point with a 29-point advantage, 66-37.
The Hoyas stayed on cruise control for the remainder of the half and at the final horn, Georgetown had the 82-54 victory.
Rodgers led the way with 28 points and five steals, while Magee and Brown both tallied 12. Magee pulled down a team-best seven boards and senior point guard Rubylee Wright (Latta, S.C./Latta) dished out 10 assists.
Georgetown shot 47.5 percent for the game and forced 24 turnovers on 14 steals while also holding the Panthers to 26.7 percent shooting.
Asia Logan led Pitt with 15 points.
Georgetown will be back in action on Sunday afternoon at McDonough Arena as the squad hosts local rival the George Washington University Colonials at 2 p.m. The game will be broadcast tape delayed on Verizon FiOS with Monika Moore on the call and Georgetown alum Monica McNutt doing color.
Fans can watch live on www.GUHoyas.com with Ryan Sakamoto and Ben Gordon Goldstein calling the action. Live stats will also be available.