WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University women's basketball squad fell to South Dakota State University (8-5), 64-58, at McDonough Arena Friday afternoon in a school-day game. The Hoyas took an early lead, but the hot handed Jackrabbits hit late to get the victory. With the loss, the Blue & Gray dropped to 7-4 on the season.
"They're a very good team and we played hard, but we didn't play 40 minutes," said Georgetown Head Coach Keith Brown. "We need to focus for 40 minutes and we'll be a good basketball team."
The Hoyas started out hot, opening with a 7-0 run. The Jackrabbits scored their first points off of free throws at 14:54, but Georgetown continued to score another 8-0 run.
At the 13:51 mark, senior shooting guard Sugar Rodgers (Suffolk, Va./King's Fork) hit a 3-pointer to put the Blue & Gray ahead by 14, 18-4.
The lead, however, diminished as quickly as it was built as a scoring drought allowed SDSU to get right back in the game. With GU leading, 22-12, at the 9:50 mark, the Jackrabbits staged a 10-0 run to tie it at 22 and span six minutes.
Rodgers hit a jumper to end the drought and junior point guard Samisha Powell (Virginia Beach, Va./Princess Anne) connected on a layup, but the damage was done as a pair of free throws in the final minute allowed South Dakota State to tie it at 26.
Freshman forward Ki-Ke Rafiu (Offa, Nigeria/Saints Neuman-Goretti [Pa.]) made a free throw to make it 27-26 going into the break.
Once again the Hoyas scored early, but it was SDSU that took over the lead scoring seven-consecutive points to move ahead, 33-29.
The Blue & Gray battled back and at 12:25, Rodgers' free throws gave Georgetown the 39-38 lead. That would be the last Hoya lead of the contest, however, as a series of three treys allowed the Jackrabbits to move ahead by as much as seven.
Looking at an 11-point deficit with 6:03 remaining, Georgetown staged a comeback with a 7-0 run and then cut it to two on a 3-pointer from Rodgers. SDSU answered with a layup, but a defensive rebound from junior forward Andrea White (Lancaster, Va./Lancaster) gave GU the fast break opportunity.
Rodgers streaked down the right side and made the layup under pressure but was called for a charge at 1:47 which proved to be the turning point.
The Hoyas were forced to foul down the stretch and eventually fell, 64-58.
Rodgers led all scorers with 31 points, while White added nine points and a team-best 12 boards. The Hoyas shot 33.3 percent from the field and were outrebounded, 38-35, but forced 29 Jackrabbit turnovers on 14 steals.
Ashley Eide led South Dakota State with 27 points and 13 rebounds.
The Hoyas will be back in action on December 28 at McDonough Arena as the squad hosts the Yale University Bulldogs at 7 p.m., in the second of a three-game homestand. Live stats and a webcast will be available at www.GUHoyas.com.