TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Adria Crawford, Tia Magee and Sugar Rodgers had 12 points each as No. 15 Georgetown beat South Florida 66-56 on Saturday night.
Rodgers, who entered averaging 20.7 points, was just 4 of 19 from the field. Georgetown (13-3, 2-1) was coming off a 59-50 loss to DePaul in a Big East game on Tuesday that snapped the Hoyas’ 11-game winning streak.
“Sugar is not going to be on every night,” Georgetown coach Terri Williams-Flournoy said. “So we have to have other players step up, and we’re very capable of having other players step up.”
Magee added 11 rebounds, while Crawford had 10. Georgetown finished with 50 rebounds, compared to South Florida’s 37.
“In this league, we’ve got to rebound better,” South Florida coach Jose Fernandez said. “We need to push back. Georgetown, in the paint, was just so much more physical than us. They got more offensive opportunities and some put-backs that hurt.”
Inga Orekhova, a junior college transfer playing her first game with South Florida, scored 18 points. Jasmine Wynne added 17 points for the Bulls (9-7, 1-1).
“I was really anxious about today … I couldn’t wait,” Orekhova said. “We’ve got to shake it (the loss) off and focus on the next game.”
After Wynne cut the Bulls’ deficit to 55-54 with a pair of free throws, Crawford and Rodgers made layups to key a 9-0 run that helped secure the Georgetown victory.
Threes by Orekhova and Andrell Smith, and Caitlin Rowe’s three-point play during an 11-2 stretch helped South Florida get within 53-52 with four minutes to go.
“Any game in the Big East, it’s always going to be up and down,” Williams-Flournoy said. “We did a lot of our defensive goals. We held USF to 56 points, we had 50 rebounds. We just did some of the other things that we needed to do to win the game.”
Magee had seven points as Georgetown took a 32-23 halftime lead. The Hoyas outscored South Florida 24-9 over the final 14 minutes of the half.
Rodgers made 1 of 11 shots and had five points during the opening 20 minutes.
Orekhova connected on three long-range jumpers for nine first-half points.
Rodgers went just over seven minutes before picking up her first points of the game, coming on two free throws. The junior guard missed seven shots in a row before hitting a 3-pointer that put Georgetown ahead 17-14 with 9:54 left in the first half.
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