WASHINGTON - No. 20/18 Georgetown (17-5, 6-3 BIG EAST) upset No. 11/12 Rutgers (17-4, 6-2 BIG EAST) 54-36 on Sunday afternoon at McDonough Arena. With 21 points, senior guard Tia Magee's hot hand in the second half allowed the Hoyas to cruise to victory.
With 3:45 left in the contest, the Hoyas jumped to their largest lead of the game, 54-27, with a layup by Magee to seal the victory. Magee scored 15 of her 21 points in the second half.
The Blue & Gray dominated the second half, never allowing the Scarlet Knights a chance to catch up. The Hoyas' defensive setup made it difficult for Rutgers to get the ball up the floor forcing quick offensive sets, resulting in 12 RU turnovers in the half.
Early in the second, the Hoyas extended their lead to 16 on a tip-in by junior center Sydney Wilson with 16:39 to go. A steal by senior guard Rubylee Wright was converted into two points on free throws from Magee. This would mark the tempo for the remainder of the game, as Rutgers struggled to find its rhythm.
Late in the first, an injury suffered by Rutgers senior Khadijah Rushdan inspired the Scarlet Knights as the squad attempted to get back in the game. RU scored a quick six points to pull the team within six, 22-16, but Georgetown would not let these points go unanswered.
The Hoyas came out strong in the first half as they were up by six, 14-8, early on. Rutgers scored the first basket of the half, but it was quickly answered with a fast break layup by Magee. GU then went on a 14-6 run to make the score 16-8 with 7:42 to go in the half. Two back-to-back treys by junior guard Sugar Rodgers, senior center Amanda Reese drew a charge and a jumper from Magee were all key contributing factors in the run.
With 1:48 left to play in the half, senior forward Adria Crawford sank a jumper for two points and forced a takeaway on the defensive end. As the clock ticked away the final seconds of the half, a missed Hoya shot led to an offensive rebound and lay-up by Wilson at the buzzer. GU went into halftime up by nine, 26-17.
GU's defense made scoring a challenge for the Scarlet Knights as they shot 30.8 percent from the field, marking their lowest scoring game of the season with 36 total points.
Senior April Sykes led the way for Rutgers with 13 points and nine rebounds, while junior Monique Oliver added eight points and seven boards.
Rutgers was 0-15 from the 3-point line for its lowest percentage of the season. The last time the Scarlet Knights failed to make a three-point basket was Dec. 19, 2010 against Texas A&M.
Magee and Rodgers combined for 40 of Georgetown's 54 points with 21 and 19, respectively. Crawford pulled down a career high 12 rebounds to lead the way for the Blue & Gray.
Wright made Georgetown history late in the game notching her fifth assist of the game to give her 472 career assists making her the all-time program leader.
No. 3/3 UConn is the only league team in action on Monday as the Huskies head to No. 5/5 Duke. The 7 p.m. ET game will be televised live on ESPN2 as part of the network’s Big Monday coverage.
Material from interviews, school websites, the Associated Press wire service as well as league and team sources was used in this report.