No. 7 Miami Surprised By No. 17 Georgetown, 71-46
Dec. 21, 2011
WASHINGTON, D.C. (AP)– Seventh-ranked Miami and its high-powered offense finally met its match.
No. 17 Georgetown held the nation’s highest-scoring team to nearly half its average and 21 percent shooting in a 71-46 rout Wednesday night.
“(Georgetown) smacked us in the face and we ran and called our moms and asked for help instead of turning to each other,” said coach Katie Meier.
Sugar Rodgers scored 24 points – including a trio of 3-pointers – to lead the Hoyas (10-2), who stifled the Hurricanes (9-2) from the start. Miami had averaged 87 points per game, and its worst offensive outing had been a 92-76 loss at Tennessee on Nov. 15.
“Credit to Georgetown,” Shenise Johnson said. “They did a great job of dismantling us.”
The Hoyas led 34-21 at halftime while holding Miami to just one field goal in the last six minutes while going on an 11-5 run, and maintained a double-digit lead the rest of the way.
“I think we rattled them a little bit, showed them that we were serious this year, and we got em,” Alexa Roche said.
With just over seven minutes remaining, Suriya McGuire hit a 3-pointer to bring Miami within 15. But the Hoyas answered with a 12-0 run, highlighted by Tia Magee’s three-point play, to take a 66-39 lead, their largest of the game.
Johnson led Miami with 10 points – her fewest of the season – on 1-for-13 shooting. Georgetown also limited the Hurricanes’ second-leading scorer, Riquna Williams, to a season-low six points.
“Every time I got the ball there were two defenders running at me – when I did get the ball,” Johnson said. “A lot times I had to just go get the rebound and try to go back up with it.”
Magee scored 13, Rubylee Wright added 10, and Sydney Wilson grabbed 12 rebounds for Georgetown, which snapped a seven-game losing streak to Miami since 2000.
“They handed us a huge lesson,” Meier said. “I’m regretful that it happened but I’ll be more regretful if we don’t take it and learn from it.”