Dec. 11, 2011
WASHINGTON - The No. 19/20 Georgetown University women's basketball team proved to be the best of the Georges on Sunday afternoon with a 59-50 victory over the George Washington University Colonials (5-4) at McDonough Arena. The victory marked the Hoyas' eighth-consecutive win to improve to 9-2 overall.
Late in the game, Georgetown put the Colonials to rest at 3:15 in the second half when it went on a 12-3 run to seal the game.
Senior guard Rubylee Wright (Latta, S.C./Latta) started the run with two free throws which was followed by a steal from junior guard Sugar Rodgers (Suffolk, Va./King's Fork). A tip-in from senior forward Adria Crawford (Alexandria, Va./Thomas Edison) as well as an offensive rebound and put back by junior center Sydney Wilson (Silver Spring, Md./St. John's College Prep) continued the offensive spurt. The Colonials could not get back into the swing of things as an attempted steal turned into a foul sending senior guard Tia Magee (Tulsa, Okla./Jenks) to the line for two to cap off the run.
"I think we gave a much better effort in the second half," said Georgetown Head Coach Terri Williams-Flournoy. "We were more intense defensively and played a lot harder."
Georgetown came out strong in the second scoring a few quick baskets to give the team a five-point lead with 16:20 to go. The Colonials did not make the win easy for the Hoyas as they forced four lead changes and tied the game five times. Georgetown proved dominant in the paint during the second half scoring 16 points.
The Hoyas got off to a rocky start as the Colonials jumped out to an early lead in the first. GW was stopped in their tracks as GU went on a 14-4 run to take an eight-point lead, 16-8, with 8:29 in the half.
Steady rebounding from Magee and Crawford coupled with consistent shooting from senior guard Alexa Roche (Bellmore, N.Y./St. Michael's Academy) sparked the run.
The Colonials refused to be buried and climbed back from the deficit. The Hoyas went into halftime with a one point lead, 23-22.
Even scoring and sharing the ball proved to be effective for the Hoyas in the first half as they had eight players contributing to the first-half score.
Georgetown forced 24 turnovers in the contest and outrebounded the Colonials, 38-37.
Rodgers led the Hoyas with 18 points and six steals which tied her career best for takeaways. Wilson and Magee combined for 19 and Magee had a team and career high 13 rebounds
"I think we had a great effort from Sydney Wilson, she made some key shots at very important times," said Williams-Flournoy.
Danni Jackson had 10 points, eight steals and four rebounds for the Colonials, while Tara Booker scored 10 points.
Georgetown will have the next week off to prepare for finals, but the team will be back in action on December 21 at McDonough Arena as the squad takes on the No. 9/9 University of Miami Hurricanes . Tipoff is scheduled for 5 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.