There were three BIG EAST women’s basketball games on the schedule Tuesday with Georgetown’s win over West Virginia heading the results. The Hoyas knocked off WVU 65-60 and improved to 9-1 all-time at home against the Mountaineers.
Sophomore Sugar Rodgers, junior Tia Magee and senior Monica McNutt gathered around the podium, looked at the final box score and kept shaking their heads. They had just led Georgetown to its second win over a Top 10 team this season—in a game in which the Hoyas committed 28 turnovers.
“We just had butterfingers,” Rodgers said.
“Crazy,” Magee said.
“They did just enough to make our fingers a little slipperier—is that a word?—make our fingers slip a little more than usual,” McNutt said. “But fortunately we grounded this one out, because those turnovers are ugly.”
No. 19/19 Georgetown’s high-risk, high-reward attack had plenty of both Tuesday night in a win over No. 8/8 West Virginia. The Hoyas (16-5, 4-3 BIG EAST) were only marginally more careless than the Mountaineers (19-2, 5-2 BIG EAST), who gave the ball away 23 times in a game that had more total turnovers (51) than made field goals (40).
Georgetown won by outrebounding West Virginia 32-17 and overcoming an eight-point deficit in the final 8:40. Rodgers finished with 30 points, including a falling-down driving layup with 50 seconds to play that put the Hoyas ahead for good.
The Hoyas shot 51 percent against a Mountaineers club that entered the game ranked No. 2 in the country in field goal percentage defense, allowing opponents to shoot an average 31.2 percent.
The Hoyas were also 21-of-24 from the free throw line.
Senior Liz Repella had 20 points and senior Sarah Miles had 14 points and 11 turnovers for West Virginia.
In Cincinnati, DePaul senior Sam Quigley set a career high with seven 3-pointers and tied her season high with 23 points as the No. 12/17 Blue Demons rolled to a 67-48 win over the Bearcats.
Junior Taylor Pikes added 11 points for the Blue Demons (20-2, 7-0 BIG EAST), who became the first team in the country to reach the 20-win plateau. DePaul also takes a seven-game winning streak into their home game against eighth-ranked West Virginia on Jan. 30 (4 p.m. ET on ESPNU).
The Blue Demons have won 17 of their last 18 games and are off to their best start in conference history. They were 6-0 in Conference USA in 1995-96 and 2003-04. They were also 9-0 to start play in the North Star Conference in 1987-88.
Senior Shareese Ulis scored 18 points, 16 in the second half, to lead the outmanned Bearcats (8-11, 1-6 BIG EAST), who dressed just seven players because of injuries.
In Tampa, Fla., USF snapped a seven-game losing streak and earned its first league win of the year following a 68-64 victory over Seton Hall. The Bulls (10-11, 1-6 BIG EAST) got a game-high 22 points from junior transfer Andrea Smith. Two Seton Hall players scored in double figures, including junior Kandice Green who had 20 points and 11 rebounds for her sixth double-double of the year. Pirates junior Jasmine Crew added 20 points as well.
There are three games on Wednesday’s schedule, including No. 2/2 UConn at Rutgers at 7:30 p.m. ET. Click here to read an Associated Press preview story of the game.
Material from interviews, the Associated Press wire service as well as league and team sources was used in this report.