West Virginia 39, No. 12 Georgetown 32
West Virginia coach Mike Carey looked at the stat sheet and
shook his head in disbelief. His Mountaineers had just scored a
season-low 39 points and somehow were advancing to the Big East
”It wasn’t a pretty game needless to say,” Carey said,
chuckling. ”We just tried to survive that game. I want to give our
girls credit. We didn’t get shook up, continued to play defense and
didn’t let our offense affect our defense.”
Taylor Palmer scored all 11 of her points in the second half to
help West Virginia beat No. 12 Georgetown 39-32 on Sunday in the
Big East tournament quarterfinals.
The offense was anemic at best. The Mountaineers shot 25 percent
from the field and 38 percent from the free throw line. Still,
their defense was able to hold the Hoyas to even worse numbers.
Georgetown shot 15 percent, missing 58 of its 68 shots.
The teams combined for the fewest points scored in a Big East
tournament game. They easily broke the previous mark of 78 set in
2005 by Villanova and Boston College.
”It’s mind boggling because we didn’t hit shots,” Georgetown
coach Terri Williams-Flournoy said. ”I knew we’d win the game with
them shooting like that if we would just finally it some
The Hoyas (22-8) just never did.
Sugar Rodgers, who led the team with 14 points, missed 15 of her
20 shots. The rest of the team was a combined 5 for 48.
”I thought we got open shots,” Rodgers said. ”We just
couldn’t put the ball in the basket.”
The Mountaineers will play Notre Dame in the semis Monday night.
West Virginia handed the Irish their only blemish in the conference
this season, winning 65-63 in South Bend, Ind. on Feb. 12.
Leading 21-18 with 14:39 left, West Virginia used a 14-6 run to
take control Palmer hit three 3-pointers during the spurt,
including one with 6:56 left that made it 34-24. That was the
Mountaineers’ (23-7) final basket of the game.
”The biggest thing was confidence,” Palmer said. ”I started
losing my confidence at the end of the season because I wasn’t
hitting my shots. My teammates had confidence in me and I came out
today and took my shots.”
Rodgers hit a 3-pointer and Adria Crawford added a jumper to
make it 35-29. The Hoyas couldn’t get much closer despite West
Virginia’s best effort to let them.
The Mountaineers missed seven of 10 free throws in the final
minute but the Hoyas couldn’t capitalize on the other end.
”We want to make it interesting at the end,” Carey deadpanned.
”We missed about 10 foul shots.”
West Virginia held a 15-12 lead at halftime as the two teams
struggled on offense for the first 20 minutes. The Mountaineers
shot just 21 percent while Georgetown was 11 percent, missing 31 of
its 35 shots. Rodgers made 3 of 11 shots, the rest of the Hoyas
were 1 for 24.
It was the second-lowest scoring first half in Big East
tournament history, barely surpassing the Notre Dame-Villanova game
in 2003 that was tied at 13 at the half.
This is West Virginia’s final time in the Big East tournament
before leaving for the Big 12 next season.
”Needless to say, I love the Big East, always did. When I first
got a job at West Virginia, I was so excited to coach against the
great players and great coaches, see places I’ve never seen
before,” Carey said. ”I’ve made a lot of friends in the coaching
community. We are going to the Big 12 and I’m looking forward to
that challenge, but definitely will miss the Big East.”