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Hoyas to Visit High-Scoring ‘Canes

The No. 12 Georgetown women’s basketball team looks to continue its winning ways on the road Tuesday at the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Fla.

The matchup is the second on the Hoyas’ current four-game road trip that began Saturday night with a 64-49 victory over the Wake Forest Demon Deacons (5-3). The Blue and Gray will also play contests against Rutgers (5-3) and Rider (0-6) in New Jersey before returning home Sunday.

After struggling to a 65-64 victory against Richmond (5-4) at home last Wednesday, Georgetown (7-1) rebounded against Wake Forest with a dominant performance Saturday in Winston-Salem, N.C.

“We kept our energy. Right away they went after our press a little bit, but we stayed with them and eventually started wearing them down by halftime,” Head Coach Williams-Flournoy said.

The Demon Deacons, who average 76.6 points and 47.4 rebounds per game, were held to 49 and 41, respectively, on 30.6 percent shooting.

The Hoyas will face an even more potent opponent Tuesday, however, as the Miami Hurricanes (7-1) average 85 points and 48.5 rebounds per game with three players – junior guards Riquna Williams and Shenise Johnson and sophomore forward Morgan Stroman – each averaging over 16 points per game. The trio also account for nine steals per game, while Johnson (9.4) and Stroman (9.1) each average more rebounds per game than any Georgetown player.

“We definitely want to shut down their go-to players,” senior guard Monica McNutt said. “If all their go-to players go off, we’re asking for a hard day of work.”

“We’ve got to slow them down defensively and then box them out because they take quick shots,” Williams-Flournoy added. “We can’t give them second chance opportunities.”

The Hoyas figure to implement similar hectic, full court press traps to the ones used against other high-octane offenses such as Wake Forest and now-No. 8 Tennessee that have allowed Georgetown to hold opponents to 51.9 points per game.

“We’ve got to do two things,” Williams-Flournoy said. “We’ve got to sit down and defend and get in there and rebound.”

Given their success on the defensive end dating back to the beginning of last year, the Hoyas are confident that they can control the pace of the contest.

“Wake Forest was averaging [around 80] points as well,” McNutt said. “When it’s a game of runs, [we’ll] watch and see if our runs are better than yours.”

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