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.
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.
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.