Four BIG EAST teams were in action on Sunday, with No. 18/17 Georgetown and Marquette coming out as winners. The Hoyas cruised to a 69-42 victory over Syracuse at McDonough Arena in a game televised on ESPNU, while the Golden Eagles topped St. John’s 63-55 at Madison Square Garden.
Georgetown (14-4, 3-2 BIG EAST) junior guard Sugar Rodgers and senior point guard Rubylee Wright led the way with 23 and 15 points, respectively. Georgetown’s ability to convert easy buckets from fast breaks and score in transition proved to be keys in the matchup. The Hoyas raced out to a 16-1 lead and led 41-13 at the half.
“In Tuesday’s game we came out and missed some early layups so we emphasized that playing tougher opponents in these BIG EAST games, you have to have things to get you going,” said Georgetown head coach Terri Williams-Flournoy. “You’ve got to make that layup to get us going, you can’t miss shots right off of the jump. I thought we did that well today.”
Georgetown also made a season-high 12 3-pointers.
Iasia Hemingway scored 14 points for Syracuse (12-7, 1-4 BIG EAST), who started the game 0-of-12 from the field and didn’t score a field goal until 12 minutes remained in the first half. Kayla Alexander had a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds.
In New York, St. John’s (11-7, 3-2 BIG EAST) and Marquette (12-6, 3-2 BIG EAST) squared off at Madison Square Garden following the Georgetown-St. John’s men’s game (won by Georgetown 69-49). The Golden Eagles pulled out their third win in a row and seventh in their last eight games.
Katherine Plouffe scored 18 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to lead the Golden Eagles, while Katie Young came off the bench to chip in 16 points.
There were 11 ties and five lead changes.
Junior Shenneika Smith scored 13 points to lead St. John’s, and the Red Storm had a chance to rally in the final four minutes of action, cutting the Golden Eagles lead to four, 59-55 with 57 seconds left. Despite 3-point attempts by Da’Shena Stevens and Nadirah McKenith in the final minute, Marquette held on for the win.
Marquette held a 35-25 advantage on the glass and shot 51-percent from the field, compared to St. John’s 41-percent.
There is one game set for Monday, a nationally televised nonconference tilt as No. 3/3 Connecticut hosts No. 22/21 North Carolina in Gampel Pavilion in Storrs, Conn., at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN2.
Material from interviews, school websites, the Associated Press wire service as well as league and team sources was used in this report.