Dec. 28, 2012
WASHINGTON - Senior shooting guard Sugar Rodgers (Suffolk, Va./King's Fork) led the way with 38 points as the Georgetown University women's basketball squad defeated the Yale University Bulldogs (3-8), 90-67, at McDonough Arena on Friday evening in the team's final game of 2012. The Hoyas improved to 8-4 on the season with one non-conference game remaining.
"Overall I'm happy with our performance coming off of a loss, but we still need to be better defensively and stop giving people their career highs," said Georgetown Head Coach Keith Brown. "Obviously when Sugar is out of her mind like she was tonight we can beat anyone in the country."
The Hoyas jumped out to a six-point lead, but the Bulldogs came back to take the one-point lead, 9-8, at 13:32.
The lead was short-lived with a 10-0 run including five points from Rodgers. The Blue & Gray held onto the advantage going up by as much as 15 on a jumper from senior center Sydney Wilson (Silver Spring, Md./St. John's College Prep) as stifling defense became points on the other end.
Yale cut it to eight with 4:02 remaining, but the Hoyas came right back staging a late 9-0 run on four points from Rodgers.
The teams went into the break with Georgetown leading, 45-29.
The Bulldogs pulled within 11 three minutes into the second half, but from that point on GU took over. A trey from Rodgers at 12:19 gave Georgetown a 20-point lead making the score 63-43.
As the minutes ticked away, Yale didn't give up trying to come back, but it wouldn't be enough. With 3:25 remaining, they came within 11, 76-65, but a late 14-0 Hoya run ended it. Rodgers and junior point guard Samisha Powell (Virginia Beach, Va./Princess Anne) contributed a pair of 3-pointers making the final 90-67.
Rodgers led the Hoyas with a season-high 38 points, one shy of her career best, while also contributing six boards, five assists and five steals. Junior forward Andrea White (Lancaster, Va./Lancaster) added 16 points and seven rebounds. Wilson led the Blue & Gray on the glass with 11 rebounds as well as 10 points for her first double-double of the season.
Georgetown shot 42.6 percent from the field and outrebounded the Bulldogs, 55-31, while forcing 24 turnovers.
Janna Graf led the way for Yale with 18 points and Sarah Halejian added 15.
The Hoyas will be back in action on January 2 at McDonough Arena as the squad hosts the Temple University Owls at 7 p.m., to finish off the three-game homestand. Live stats and a webcast will be available at www.GUHoyas.com.