Dec. 9, 2012
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - The Georgetown University women's basketball team closed out a three-game road swing on Sunday falling at No. 10/10 Penn State University (7-2), 97-74, at the Bryce Jordan Center. The Lady Lions used an early run to take the lead and didn't look back as the Hoyas fought to get back in the game. Georgetown is now 7-3 on the season.
"Penn State is a very good team and when you're playing a team like that, they are ranked 10th in the country and they just played UConn tough, we can't let them have their go-to players get away and that's what we did," said Georgetown Head Coach Keith Brown. "Any time you're a defensive team and you give up 97 points, you're not supposed to win. I am proud of my kids, I thought they played well. I thought this came down to an experienced team playing an inexperienced team on the road."
The Hoyas matched Penn State early on as a three by senior guard Sugar Rodgers (Suffolk, Va./King's Fork) and free throws from junior forward Andrea White (Lancaster, Va./Lancaster) made the score 9-8 three minutes in.
That would be the last the Hoyas would lead, however, as the hot hand of Penn State's Maggie Lucas caught fire and she sparked a 25-3 run including four 3-pointers as well as two fast break layups and a free throw scoring 17 on her own.
During the run, sophomore point guard Jasmine Jackson (Old Bridge, N.J./Old Bridge) hit a trey and Jackson finally stopped the run at the 8:33 mark with a layup making it 33-14 in favor of the Lady Lions.
The Hoyas went another four minutes without scoring as PSU built a lead as Georgetown went into the break trailing, 53-25.
After scoring just 10 points in the first, Rodgers came alive in the second scoring the first eight points for the Blue & Gray, but Penn State kept pace.
The Lady Lions went up by as much as 35 points at the 12:48 mark in the second half, but the Hoyas didn't give up.
With five minutes remaining Georgetown put together a 10-2 run, but it was too little too late as the Blue & Gray fell by a score of 97-74.
Rodgers led the way for the Hoyas with 24 points including 14 in the second half. Senior center Sydney Wilson (Silver Spring, Md./St. John's College Prep) added 11 points and a squad-best eight boards, while Jackson had 10 points on the afternoon.
Georgetown shot 31.9 percent from the field and allowed the Lady Lions 48.4 percent shooting. GU was outrebounded, 49-37, and forced 22 PSU turnovers.
Lucas had a big day for the Lady Lions with 39 points, while Alex Bentley added 23.
The Hoyas will have a 11 days off for final exams before hosting the South Dakota State University Jackrabbits on December 21 at 2 p.m., at McDonough Arena. Live stats and a webcast will be available at www.GUHoyas.com.