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WOMEN’S BASKETBALL | Hoyas Aim to Bounce Back at WVU

Following a nail-biting three-point loss to Louisville in which the Hoyas struggled to find the net, the women’s basketball team will travel to play West Virginia Tuesday night.

The No. 20 Hoyas (15-5, 4-3 Big East), were neck-and-neck with Louisville all afternoon this past Sunday, but a dismal shooting performance negated the Hoyas’ outstanding play in most other aspects of the game.

“This was one of those games that we’ll go back and look at and [then] kick ourselves,” Head Coach Terri Williams-Flournoy said. “We turned them over 25 times and had 18 offensive rebounds, but we can’t shoot 33 percent and expect to win.”

Indeed, the Blue and Gray will need to perform much better on offense to defeat West Virginia (14-5, 4-2 Big East). The Mountaineers held Pittsburgh to 43 points on 27 percent shooting this past Saturday.

Junior guard Sugar Rodgers, Georgetown’s leading scorer at 20 points per game, boasted 24 points against Louisville. The Hoyas can rely on the always-solid Rodgers, but must look to find ways to get more players involved on the offensive end.

Senior forward Tia Magee and senior guard Rubylee Wright each added 11 points in the loss, but will need to become more consistent offensive threats to take the pressure off Rodgers. If the team can raise its shooting percentage with better shot selection, this production will climb.

The Mountaineers are led by the three-pronged scoring attack of sophomore guard Taylor Palmer, junior center Asya Bussie and redshirt sophomore guard Christal Caldwell. All three average over 10 points per game, and Caldwell is playing well lately, coming off her first career double-double against Pitt.

The key to slowing down West Virginia’s scoring attack will be to limit second chances. Georgetown can build on a solid performance against Louisville, when they only allowed four offensive rebounds. The Blue and Gray must continue to box out and prevent the Mountaineers from converting missed shots into second opportunities. It won’t be an easy task, however, as West Virginia has outrebounded all but three of its opponents this season.

Georgetown currently sits seventh in the Big East, one spot behind West Virginia. A win would establish the Hoyas as only the sixth team to reach five Big East wins this year. Notre Dame and Connecticut sit atop the conference at 7-0 and 6-1, respectively.

If the Blue and Gray are to keep alive their hope of earning a bye in the Big East tournament, a win against West Virginia is crucial. The Hoyas have all the tools to be an elite team; it is merely a matter of uniting them all in one cohesive performance.

Tipoff is at 7 p.m. in Morgantown, W. Va.

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