March 3, 2013
WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University women's basketball squad will host the University of South Florida Bulls on Monday evening at McDonough Arena in a BIG EAST Conference matchup. Tipoff for the season finale is scheduled for 8 p.m. The Hoyas are currently 14-14 overall and 5-10 in BIG EAST Conference play.
The contest will decide BIG EAST Tournament seeding. The championship begins on Friday at XL Center in Hartford, Conn.
Looking at an 11-point deficit with 14 minutes remaining in the game, Georgetown staged an 11-2 run to cut the lead to one, 45-44, on four points from senior shooting guard Sugar Rodgers (Suffolk, Va./King's Fork) as well as four by junior forward Andrea White (Lancaster, Va./Lancaster). The Golden Eagles had just two points in 10 minutes as the Blue & Gray battled to get back into the game. With four minutes remaining, Marquette hit two quick shots to make it a two possession game. White answered with a jumper and Rodgers added a layup, but the Hoyas were forced to foul and the Golden Eagles sunk free throws to hold on. With one final play, the shot went off the rim as GU fell, 51-48.
Rodgers led all scorers with 21 points and also had four boards as well as four assists and three steals. White added 12 points and nine rebounds along with three steals. The Hoyas outrebounded the Golden Eagles, 36-29, and shot 37.3 percent for the game while holding Marquette to 36.7 percent from the field.
Currently leading the way for the Hoyas is Rodgers. The shooting guard is averaging 22.3 ppg and 7.1 rpg as well as posting 99 steals and 119 assists. White is second with 11.1 ppg and 6.5 rpg, while senior center Sydney Wilson (Silver Spring, Md./St. John's College Prep) rounds out the top three with 6.8 ppg as well as 5.3 rpg.
The Bulls gave No. 3 UConn a battle early on but couldn't pull off an upset on Senior Day at the Sun Dome. Inga Orekhova posted a team-high 13 points and Andrea Smith and Alisia Jenkins added 10 points apiece as USF finished off its home slate with an 85-51 loss on Saturday afternoon. The Bulls (19-9, 8-7) shot 25 percent from the field and had a hard time stopping UConn's top scorers. Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis finished with a career-high 32 points and Stefanie Dolson matched her career high with 25 points to help the Huskies win for the 15th time in their past 16 games.
The Hoyas are 6-4 all-time against the Bulls and 3-1 at home. Last season, Georgetown defeated USF, 66-56, in Tampa, Fla. Three players were in double figures with 12 points apiece including Rodgers, Tia Magee and Adria Crawford. Magee and Crawford both managed double-doubles with 11 and 10 boards, respectively. The last meeting in the District was during the 2010-11 season where the Hoyas won, 67-38.
Monday's game will tip at 8 p.m., at McDonough Arena. Live stats and a webcast featuring Ryan Sakamoto and Georgetown alum Monica McNutt will be available at www.GUHoyas.com.