While many of us were at Verizon Center cheering on the men’s team during their huge grayout victory over Villanova, the women were up in Syracuse exacting some revenge on their behalf. Unlike the first meeting between the two squads, this time the game came right down to the final minute. Trailing 54-46 with eight minutes left, Georgetown closed out the game on a 19-8 run, taking the lead for good on a Sugar Rodgers and-one with 39 ticks left on the clock.
Below is a rundown of the major points from GU’s gritty comeback win in The Four-Point Play:
1. Say Hello to the Double Bye: By far the biggest takeaway from Saturday’s contest was the fact that it locked up a double bye in the Big East Tournament for the Lady Hoyas. Sitting fourth in the conference with only a game left to play, they no longer need to worry about fifth-place West Virginia, as the Blue and Gray hold a tiebreaker over the Mountaineers. Here’s hoping the men’s team can follow the ladies’ lead.
2. Window Shopping: If there was one glaring area for improvement in this game for the Hoyas, it had to be rebounding. ’Cuse enjoyed a gigantic 43-27 advantage on the glass, as Iasia Hemingway and Kayla Alexander brought down 15 and 13 boards, respectively; for comparison’s sake, no Georgetown player grabbed even ten.
3. Clutch Win: One has to keep in mind, of course, that the Orange are nowhere near the level of their male counterparts (sitting at 17-12 overall and 6-9 in Big East play), but nonetheless this group—and Sugar in particular—stepped up in a major way in crunch time and deserves credit. The Carrier Dome is still the Carrier Dome no matter who’s playing there, and a lot of teams wouldn’t have had what it took to come back and pull it out at the end like the Hoyas did.
Free Throw: Well, Free Throws One could easily make the case that this game was won by GU at the charity stripe. The Blue and Gray went an impressive 24-30 (80%) from the line, getting there four more times than the Orange and converting seven more attempts.