WASHINGTON, D.C. --
Georgetown outscored Missouri State 15-4 over a five-minute stretch early in the second half to propel the 20th-ranked Hoyas to a 72-59 victory Sunday afternoon at McDonough Arena. Sugar Rodgers scored 16 of her game-high 20 points after intermission to key the Hoyas’ win, which stopped a five-game win streak for the Lady Bears.
The win for the Hoyas (9-3) came via a strong defensive effort that held the Lady Bears to a season-low 17 field goals. GU also enjoyed a dominant performance on the blocks, finishing with a 48-30 advantage in total rebounds and a 28-10 edge in points in the paint.
But the deciding run saw the GU offense come to life after a low-key first-half performance. The Hoyas would shoot .421 (16-of-38) from the field and convert 10-of-12 (.833) free throw attempts in the second half to salt away the victory.
The first 20 minutes of the contest were a different story, as both clubs struggled to generate any semblance of a consistent offensive attack. Georgetown used a pair of 7-0 scoring runs over the first nine minutes of to build a double-digit lead before ultimately taking a 27-22 advantage into the halftime locker room. The Hoyas limited the Lady Bears to just .280 (7-of-25) shooting in the opening period and forced 11 MSU turnovers, while GU went 11-of-30 (.367) from the floor.
Monica McNutt led all scorers with nine first half points, five of which came in the first four minutes of the contest to help the Hoyas jump out to a 7-0 lead. Coupled with a slow offensive start for the Lady Bears, the Hoyas would stretch their lead to 12 midway through the half, courtesy seven additional unanaswered points. After baskets by Christiana Shorter
and Jaleshia Roberson
momentarily sliced the GU lead to 9-4, the home team got a pair of Rodgers free throws to kick off the run, followed by the first of two Rubylee Wright three-pointers in the half to eventually push the lead to 16-4 with 11 minutes to play.
Missouri State (8-3) would chip away behind a balanced offensive attack and a 7-of-8 (.875) showing at the charity stripe that would result in a 16-7 run that nearly saw MSU erase their deficit closing minutes. Jaleshia Roberson
and Jasmine Malone
each contributed a pair of buckets during the spurt, with Malone’s trey with 3:15 left on the clock pulling the Lady Bears to within 23-20.
The Hoyas came back with back-to-back baskets by Samisha Powell and Andrea White to make it a seven-point game, before Hannah Wilkerson
sank a pair of free throws with 1:12 remaining to account for the final halftime margin.
Missouri State completed the comeback in the opening minutes of the second half, A three-pointer from Casey Garrison
on the opening possession of the period preceded a 17-foot Karly Buer
jumper that knotted the score at 27-all with an even 19 minutes left on the clock.
But a three-pointer from McNutt with 18:30 left would spark GU’s key run that ultimately powered the Hoyas to a 42-31 advantage with just under 14 minutes to go. The Hoyas would another key trey from Wright and four points from Rodgers, before MSU would cut the lead down to seven midway through the half after getting threes from Malone and Wilkerson.
Georgetown would respond with a 19-6 run that would stake the Hoyas to a 70-50 advantage-their largest lead of the day-in the closing minutes. It was during that stretch in which Rodgers would inflict her biggest damage, accounting for 10 points over a five-minute stretch, including back-to-back field goals to start the run, as well as a critical three with 4:56 to play that made it a 17-point game.
McNutt (14 points) and Wright (13) joined Rodgers in double figures, while Malone led MSU with 16 points. Garrison added 13 points and three assists for the Lady Bears.
The Lady Bears will conclude their non-conference season Tuesday (Dec. 21) with a 4:30 p.m. (Central) contest against Morgan State in Baltimore.