Dec. 21, 2011
WASHINGTON - The No. 17/17 Georgetown University women's basketball squad pulled off a big, 71-46, win on Wednesday at McDonough Arena over the No. 7/7 University of Miami Hurricanes (9-2), holding them to a season-low 46 points and 20.6 percent shooting from the field. The Hoyas are now 10-2 overall with a nine-game win streak.
"I really credit my young ladies for staying focused with finals ending yesterday," said Georgetown Head Coach Terri Williams-Flournoy. "They stayed positive and worked hard and I give them a lot of credit."
Execution and defense were the keys in the win. The Hoyas came out poised and ruthless as aggressive defense and consistent shooting led them to victory.
Junior guard Sugar Rodgers (Suffolk, Va./King's Fork), junior center Sydney Wilson (Silver Spring, Md./St. John's College Prep) and senior forward Tia Magee (Tulsa, Okla./Jenks) proved to be a triple threat from the field and on the boards.
Georgetown dominated the second half as it quickly increased its lead to 15 with 15:44 to go, 41-26. The Hurricanes were never able to get back in the game as each time they tried to gain momentum, GU showed no signs of letting up.
Senior forward Adria Crawford (Alexandria, Va./Thomas Edison) got a steal that led to two points by Rodgers. Senior guard Alexa Roche (Bellmore, N.Y./St. Michael's Academy) had a major block that was converted into a pair of free throws. The Hoyas made this a consistent pattern for the flow of the game.
Hoyas went into the half with a 13-point lead over the Hurricanes, 34-21.
Georgetown got off to a solid start with a three pointer from Rodgers sparking a 15-7 run to give the Hoyas a nine-point lead with 11:30 to go in the half. Miami tried to climb back from the deficit, coming within seven, 23-16, with 7:02 to go. However, GU refused to let the Hurricanes find its momentum scoring 11 more points to end the half with 34.
Magee started the run with a pair of free throws followed by a layup by junior forward Vanessa Moore (Hackettstown, N.J./Pope John XXIII). The run was capped off by a layup from freshman guard Taylor Brown (Bowie, Md./Archbishop Carroll). Hoyas forced 23 turnovers and converted them into 19 points in the contest. Georgetown tallied six blocks and took care of the ball, limiting the turnovers to 15.
Rodgers led the way for the Hoyas with 24 points, while Magee and senior guard Rubylee Wright (Latta, S.C./Latta) combined for 23. Wilson had a season-high 12 rebounds.
The Hurricanes had three players averaging more than 12.0 ppg as the Blue & Gray held the squad to its lowest point total since the 2008-09 season. Shenise Johnson led the way for Miami with 10 points as the lone scorer in double digits.
"They were averaging 81.0 ppg and we were only giving up 51.0 ppg and we continued to preach over the past ten days that if we could play defense, we would win," said Williams-Flournoy.
The Hoyas will be taking break for the holidays, but will be back in action on December 29 as they take on Vermont in the annual Blue Sky Classic in Hanover, N.H.