Colonials Fall Victim to 2nd Half Charge From Rival Georgetown, Lose 70-54
It was a tale of two halves in the Smith Center this evening, as the George Washington Colonials Women’s Basketball team (4-3, 0-0) fell to cross-town rivals Georgetown (6-2, 0-0) by a score of 70-54. The Hoyas beat up on the Colonials at the Smith Center in front of a large student crowd, on Saturday afternoon. It was an up and down day for the Colonials, who will try and rebound from the loss next weekend in another District of Columbia match-up against American.
Despite GW holding a nine-point lead in the first half, and going into the break knotted up, this game turned into a blowout favoring the Hoyas, as the highly touted guard Sugar Rodgers took over, putting up an impressive 22 points and eight rebounds. Defensively, the Hoyas were disciplined and determined, forcing a total of 30 turnovers from a GW squad who at times looked lost on offense. The bright spot for the Colonials was undoubtedly Tara Booker (20 pts, 4 reb.) who took advantage of the weak perimeter defense from the Hoyas and shot 60% from beyond the arc. Her shooting was matched by the rest of the GW squad in the 1st half, as the team managed an impressive 50% from the floor before the halftime buzzer.
Coming out of halftime, however, the Georgetown pressure proved to be too much. Georgetown’s defense provided only tough shots for the GW offense, and the Colonials’ field goal percentage dropped to 29% in the second half. Rodgers then turned on the heat offensively, and smoothly converted all 10 of her free throws to put the game firmly in Georgetown’s control. The intensity of the rivalry, however, never cooled and indeed they boiled over at the tail end of the game, as a scuffle between Shi-Heria Shipp and Andrea White led to both being ejected.
The Colonials move to 4-3 on the year with the loss, and the Hoyas improve to 6-2 early in this season. Next up for the Colonials is an away matchup just north of the Foggy Bottom campus with the 3-4 American Eagles on December 8th, at 2pm. Be sure to tune in to gwradio.com for that matchup, and for all the latest on GW sports stay tuned into wrgwsports.com.