GEORGETOWN DEFEATS WOMEN'S BASKETBALL, 61-48
WEST LONG BRANCH, N.J. - Alysha Womack (Springfield, Pa./Cardinal O'Hara) scored a team-high 14 points, but the Monmouth University women's basketball team fell to Georgetown, 61-48, Tuesday night at the Multipurpose Activity Center. With the loss, the Hawks fall to 2-6, while the Hoyas improve to 7-2.
Carly Thibault (East Lyme, Conn./East Lyme) added nine points, while Chevannah Paalvast (Auckland, New Zealand/Massey) had a team-high eight rebounds. Sara English (Smithtown, N.Y./Smithtown West [UMass]) had a career-high six blocks to pace the Hawks, who registered a season-high 11 rejections.
Sugar Rodgers, who entered the game ranked fourth in the nation in scoring average, poured in 30 points for the Hoyas, including her 2,000th career point. Rodgers also added six rebounds and six steals. Brittany Horne chipped in nine points for the Hoyas.
After the Hoyas scored the game's first six points, Monmouth stormed back with an 8-0 run to take an 8-6 lead. Womack scored five points in the span, while English added a three-point play to cap the run. A Thibault three-pointer, followed by an English lay-up gave Monmouth its largest lead of the game, 15-10. Neither team could establish a lead larger than three points the rest of the half, and the Hoyas took a one-point edge into the halftime break.
Andrea White led the Hoyas with six points at halftime, while Womack led all scorers with nine points at the break. Rodgers was held to five points on 2-of-11 shooting in the first half.
Rodgers came out shooting in the second half, making a jumper and a three-pointer at the outset. Though the Hoyas upped the lead to eight points at the 10:28 mark on a Rodgers three-pointer, Monmouth battled back, scoring 10 of the next 14 points to close to within two points, 45-43, on Womack's three-pointer at the 7:15 mark. But the Hoyas pulled away from there, scoring 16 of the final 19 points.
For the game, the Hawks outshot the Hoyas, 40.0 percent (18-45) to 35.6 percent (21-59) from the floor. Georgetown took a 33.3 percent (4-12) to 31.8 percent (7-22) edge from long range and a 75.0 percent (15-20) to 71.4 percent (5-7) advantage from the free-throw line. Georgetown turned the Hawks over a season-high 34 times, resulting in a 30-10 edge in points off turnovers.
The Hawks return to action at home following a 17-day break on Saturday, Dec. 22, when they play host to nationally-ranked Delaware. Opening tip from the Multipurpose Activity Center is scheduled for 3 p.m. as part of a men's and women's doubleheader. At 7 p.m., the Monmouth men's basketball team will face Villanova.