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March 4, 2013

Turnovers tip scale against Hoyas

March 4, 2013 - When a team commits 14 first half turnovers, and the same squad averages just over five more during each conference game, it's more than likely victory will not be had. That supposition was true to form Saturday, as the Georgetown women's basketball team fell to Marquette, 51-48 at its home gym, McDonough Arena.

To what did head coach Keith Brown attribute the early giveaways? Celebrating the seniors played a role.

"One of the things we try to do because it was Senior Night; I try not to play Vanessa (Moore) and Sydney (Wilson) together (both are centers), but it was Senior Night, so they deserved the opportunity to go out there and play" shared Brown afterward. "I was trying to get the seniors to play, and that probably contributed to us turning the ball over…Ever since I played basketball in high school, seniors get to play (on Senior Night)".

Georgetown, who finished with 21 turnovers for the game, was again led in scoring by senior guard Sugar Rodgers' 21 points. It was the 23rd time Rodgers, an All-American candidate, has paced the Hoyas in that regard. She also contributed four assists, and as a function of her vast role on the team (scorer, passer, leader) and the attention that garnered from Marquette, committed seven turnovers. In addition to scoring, Rodgers led the game in minutes, logging a complete 40.

Down nine at intermission - they trailed 12 with 3:50 remaining in the first stanza - Brown's team employed a 2-2-1 full court press that deployed aggressive on ball defense to claw back into contention; they were behind a mere 49-46 with slightly more than two and a half minutes left.

"We were able to rattle them" said Brown of that defensive scheme's impact. "I think for about four or five minutes we held them at 43, and then for about another four or five minutes we held them at 45".

A three point deficit was all that again stood between the Hoyas and a tie score at the 19.4 mark, but they would not earn a victory, as sophomore guard Jasmine Jackson's three point shot was blocked. G'Town retained possession, and after a 30 second timeout with the clock reading 4.2 seconds, Jackson would again miss the possible tying shot. Brown was hopeful the Hoyas would convert, noting "I thought I had the last play, to be honest with you".

Brown on execution, or the lack thereof: "It comes down to execution down the stretch… We had a chance to make some free throws, and it's just the inconsistency we've shown in the last few games".

Junior forward Andrea White scored 12 points, while pacing the Hoya game with nine caroms. Freshman forward followed her with eight points. Wilson, the senior center, snagged seven rebounds for G'Town, now 14-14 on the year, 5-10 in the BIG EAST.

Marquette is a game ahead of the Hoyas in league standings - the Golden Eagles stand 6-9, good for 10th place) - and shares a 14-14 mark overall. Senior forward Sarina Simmons finished with 17 points, six rebounds and a game leading seven steals, several of them coming from on ball situations - she's a high level defender. Arlesia Morse, a sophomore forward, logged 12 points and four steals.

The Hoyas host South Florida at 8p tonight, while the Golden Eagles welcome Cincinnati this evening for a 7p tip off. Both contests are each team's last BIG EAST game before the conference tourney, set to start this Friday in Hartford, Connecticut.

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