No. 10 Georgetown 56, Longwood 45
A school like Longwood, trying to build a program under a new
coach, is only going to get big-time attention when it’s playing a
Friday night was one of those rare spotlight moments for the
Lancers, facing the No. 10 school in the country in the opening
game of the season.
And by no means did they embarrass themselves.
Longwood hung with Georgetown most of the game and trailed by
only six with 7 minutes to play, but the Hoyas were just good
enough to hang on for a 56-45 win.
”Moral victories? No,” coach Bill Reinson said. ”But I told
the girls in the locker room just now that they need to feel as
good as they possibly can about losing a game because they came out
and they battled from beginning to end.”
Reinson took over early last season after Kristin Caruso was
fired after being suspended over an undisclosed personal matter.
The Lancers finished 7-23 and have never beaten a ranked team or a
team from the Big East. They are playing only nine of their 30
games this season at their home in Farmville, Va.
But the lineup is laden with upperclassmen, including senior
Mina Jovanovic, who held preseason Big East first-team guard Sugar
Rodgers to 2-for-10 shooting from the field.
”For the first game, it was fun,” Jovanovic said. ”It’s
especially fun playing against a Top 10 team. We stick to the plan,
The plan was to slow down the fast-and-furious Hoyas (0-1), who
shot only 32 percent. Rodgers finished with 13 points, helped by
her 8-for-8 performance from the free throw line.
”Early season rust,” Rodgers said with a laugh. ”And she
followed me everywhere. She was like a little shadow, but I’m
getting that all season.”
Erin Neal and Brittanni Billups scored 14 points apiece to lead
The Hoyas led 29-23 at halftime despite forcing 13 turnovers,
and even though Longwood didn’t attempt a free throw until 2:30 to
go before the break.
Georgetown opened the second half cold and foul-prone, scoreless
for the first 4:12. The score was 31-27 approaching the 14-minute
mark when Rodgers made two free throws to start a 6-0 run that
pushed the lead back to double digits.
The Lancers stayed in it, though. Neal’s three-point play cut
the deficit to six with 7:03 remaining, but Longwood couldn’t get
any closer the rest of the way and finished with 23 turnovers.
”We followed the game plan for the first 32 minutes
perfectly,” Reinson said. ”We were within striking
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