Women’s Basketball falls to UConn Huskies

UntitledOn the first day of classes for the second semester, the No. 3 Connecticut women’s basketball team (13-1, 1-1 Big East) defeated Georgetown (10-5, 1-1 Big East) 75-48 in front a packed McDonough Gymnasium.

The Huskies were in control right from the start, as they jumped out to a 17-4 lead early in the first half. They never looked back as the Hoyas were only able to get within nine points of the Huskies for the remainder of the game.

The Huskies had four players score in double figures. Senior guard Kelly Faris led Connecticut with 15 points, junior center Stefanie Dolson had 13 points, and junior guard Bria Hartley and freshman forward Breanna Stewart had 12 points apiece.

The Connecticut defense created problems for the Georgetown offense, as the Hoyas committed 26 turnovers and only shot 31 percent from the field. The Huskies limited senior Georgetown star scorer Sugar Rodgers. Rodgers, despite leading the Hoyas with 23 points, was chased relentlessly around the court by various Connecticut players and had 22 field goal attempts. Senior center Sydney Wilson and junior forward Andrea White each had nine points as well.

“We played extremely hard tonight, but giving up 30 points off of turnovers is tough,” said Georgetown head coach Keith Brown following the loss. “We did a lot of things that we wanted to do but we didn’t execute well.”

The Hoyas will look to rebound in their next game when they commence a two-game road trip on Saturday at Syracuse at 3:00 pm. The Hoyas will then travel to South Bend to face No. 2 Notre Dame.

Despite the tough loss, Coach Brown feels his team learned in defeat and hopes his players carry those lessons into future games.

“As an educator, I always look on how we can learn from this game and I think we learned how hard we need to play,” said Brown. “If we can transfer that effort into other games, we’ll do some great things this season.”

File Photo: Julianne Deno, Nov. 20, 2010

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