Rodgers leads Hoyas to comeback victory over Rider, 58-51

The Lady Hoyas flip-flopped their way to a win over the Rider Broncs Sunday afternoon in McDonough Gymnasium. The 58-51 win came with 8 lead changes and a comeback in the second half from a 12 point deficit. Georgetown buckled down, making an 11-0 run against the unranked Broncs, starting with a free throw from junior guard Sugar Rodgers (pictured).

The Rodgers Difference

Rodgers came up huge in yesterday’s contest, scoring 21 points and grabbing 8 boards. Despite shooting only 1-9 from three-land, she was able to help fill the noticeable void of Tia Magee in the contest (resting a sore knee), driving to the paint to help compensate for her off-shooting day. The Broncs kept Sugar scoreless for over thirteen minutes, and the Hoyas trailed during that entire period. However, after her made that foul shot, Georgetown mounted their comeback and soon blew past the women from Rider. 14 of Rodgers points came in the second half.

Defensive Drought

Defense was again problematic for the Hoyas. Head coach Terri Williams-Flournoy says, “We really missed Tia at the top of the press”. The press wasn’t at its best, and the team chose not to use their quick trapping play against the comparably speedy Broncs. With subs in for Magee and other usual starters who picked up some first-half fouls, the Hoyas ended up playing a larger lineup than usual. Paired with the lackluster press, Georgetown missed out on some key opportunities defending, especially around the perimeter.

Stepping Up

With the new rotations, lots of players saw action on the court, despite being down to Rider. With the size came some key efforts, especially from Sydney Wilson and Tommacina McBride. McBride was especially impressive, efficiently tacking 10 points onto the score in only 18 minutes of play. Senior Alexa Roche saw 30 minutes, and while she scored only 5 points, she was a major leader on the floor. As one of the players who really sees the floor, she was able to make the offense and defense run by doing the little things. Senior point guard Rubylee Wright put out a great performance, dishing out 8 assists over the course of the evening.

What’s Next

The women will travel to Pittsburgh this Wednesday night to take on their first Big East opponent in the Panthers. The Panthers are 4-4 and have only faced one ranked opponent thus far. Still, the Hoyas can’t go in overconfident, as Roche says they did yesterday afternoon. Those performances lack urgency and result in margins of victory much smaller than they should be, case in point with Rider. The women will utilize Magee, who is set to return Wednesday as well as the back on track Rodgers. With the bench stepping up, the Hoyas seem to be hitting their stride as a squad. Defensive intensity and offensive consistency will be key to their future success.

Photo: Jackson Perry

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