No. 21 Georgetown 64, No. 10 Georgia 56
Losing to a familiar face didn’t make the defeat any easier for
coach Andy Landers and No. 10 Georgia.
Former Lady Bulldogs assistant Terri Williams led her No. 21
Georgetown Hoyas to a 64-56 upset of Georgia in the first-round
game at the Lady Rebel Round-Up.
Sugar Rodgers scored 23 points and Tia Magee added 14 points for
the Hoyas (4-2), who won the team’s first-ever meeting.
”I expected exactly what we got,” Landers said. ”I expected
full-court defense for 40 minutes. I expected them to come at you
with a lot of traps, Rodgers to try and score a lot of points, and
that’s exactly what they did today.
”We’ve got to get up in the morning, get ready to play and play
like it’s meaningful because it is. I was a little bit disappointed
with that today.”
Jasmine James and Khaalidah Miller scored 16 points apiece for
Georgia (4-1), and Jasmine Hassell added 12 points.
The Lady Bulldogs got within 59-56 on James’ two free throws
with 2:01 left, but Rubylee Wright’s jumper with 1:29 left made it
a two-possession lead for the Hoyas at 61-56.
”I worked for coach Landers for six years and he taught me a
lot,” Williams said. ”So, it’s just a big win for our program,
not so much as beating coach Landers.”
The Hoyas will face UNLV in Sunday’s championship game, while
the Lady Bulldogs will take on Northeastern in the consolation
The Hoyas opened the second half with a 17-8 run and took their
largest lead, 48-37, with 11:55 left in the game. Taylor Brown hit
two 3-pointers and Rodgers had five points during the run.
”We had to do two things,” Williams said. ”We had to be able
to run our press and turn Georgia over, but we had to be able to
score off of those turnovers as well.”
The Hoyas held a 31-29 halftime lead despite falling behind 9-2
at the start. James scored the Bulldogs’ first seven points on a
3-pointer and two jumpers, and had 14 points at halftime.
The Hoyas claimed their first lead of the game at 18-15 when
reserve guard Alexa Roche hit a 3-pointer with 6:43 left in the
first half. Roche then gave the Hoyas their biggest lead of the
game, 20-15, when she connected on a jumper.
The Lady Bulldogs came back to tie the score at 20-20 on
Miller’s 3-pointer and James’ putback.
Georgetown then surged to its halftime lead largely on Rodgers’
three consecutive 3-pointers in the final four minutes. Rodgers led
the Hoyas at intermission with 14 points.