No. 18 Georgetown Edges Providence 49-45 Saturday

Jan. 15, 2011

Box Score

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Georgetown senior Monica McNutt notched her first double-double of the season to lead No. 18 Georgetown past Providence 49-45 at Alumni Hall on Saturday. McNutt had 17 points and a career-high 11 rebounds to lift the Hoyas to their ninth-straight win over the Friars.

Georgetown (14-4, 2-2) held-off Providence (8-8, 1-3) to earn its 14th win of the year despite committing 25 turnovers and getting a season-low four points from sophomore Sugar Rogers. Rogers, last year's BIG EAST Freshman of the Year, entered the contest second in the league, averaging 19.0 points per game. The Hoyas' locked-up Providence on the defensive end, holding the Friars to 29 percent shooting from the field.

Georgetown led by as many as 11 points in the second half following a 3-pointer from the wing by McNutt with 15:39 remaining. The bucket put the senior over the 1,000-point mark for her career.

The Friars hung in the game, cutting it to four after a 3-pointer from junior Lola Wells with 17 seconds remaining. Providence was led by junior Miranda Tate who finished with 15 points including three 3s. Tate left the game in the second half with an ankle injury, hampering the PC offense down the stretch.

The Hoyas outscored the Friars 13-6 over the final 11:04 of the first half to take a 27-19 lead into the break. Georgetown held the advantage despite getting just three points on 1-of-7 shooting from Rogers in the first 20 minutes. McNutt paced the Hoyas attack with nine points, while Rubylee Wright added six points and five rebounds.

The Friars trailed by one with 11:05 remaining in the first half following a layup by freshman Lauren Okafor, but the Friars would proceed to go scoreless over the next 5:45, allowing the Hoyas to claim a 21-13 lead. Tate, who led the Friars with eight first-half points, ended the drought with a layup.



Georgetown led by as many as 10 points following a jumper in the lane by Wright. But senior Mi-Khida Hankins cut the lead to eight before the break with a foul-line jumper. The Hoyas owned a 16-4 advantage in the paint and outrebounded the Friars 24-16 in the frame. The Hoya defense held PC to just 8-of-31 shooting from the floor while forcing 10 turnovers.

Georgetown next plays at Notre Dame on Jan. 18 at 7 p.m. Providence is at Villanova on Jan. 19 at 7 p.m.

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