No. 12 Georgetown beats No. 4 Tennessee 69-58

Sluggish the first two games of the Paradise Jam, Georgetown’s

Sugar Rodgers saved her best for last.

Rodgers scored 28 points to lead the 12th-ranked Hoyas to a

69-58 victory over No. 4 Tennessee on Saturday in the tournament’s

final game.

Monica McNutt added 13 for Georgetown (5-1), which opened the

game on a 11-4 run and never trailed. Rodgers and McNutt combined

for nine 3-pointers for the Hoyas, who won the tournament’s Reef

Division.

”I don’t think she was being as aggressive as she should have

been,” coach Terri Williams-Flournoy said. ”She knew this was her

chance to shine.”

Rodgers scored 11 of her team’s first 13 points in the second

half and was one point shy of tying a career high. The sophomore

guard was honored as the Tournament MVP.

”I had a couple bad games there but tonight, I picked it up,”

said Rodgers, who added four rebounds and three steals. ”I think

the big deal tonight was our defense. Every single player on our

team stepped up on defense.”

Glory Johnson scored 13 points, while Meighan Simmons added 11

to lead the Lady Vols (6-1), who had 29 turnovers. Georgetown

turned them into 31 points.

”Our team did not come to the gym on a mission,” said

Tennessee coach Pat Summitt, whose squad was playing its first

ranked opponent of the season. ”We won our first two games pretty

easily but you have to respect every opponent. Tonight, we watched

a team take us apart. I am very, very disappointed.”

The Lady Vols kept Georgetown’s lead to single digits most of

the second half until the Hoyas went on a 7-0 run with 7:09 left to

pull away for good.

With 1:01 remaining, Tennessee’s Shekinna Stricklen collided

with a Georgetown player in the paint and landed hard on her back.

She was taken off the court on a stretcher.

”She’s in a lot of pain but I think she’s going to be OK,”

Summitt said. ”The injury is in her lower back so we’re going to

have wait until we get an X-ray back.”

Georgetown beat the nation’s fourth-ranked team for the second

straight season. The Hoyas defeated No. 4 Notre Dame on Feb. 20 at

home.