Points hard to come by as Georgetown falls to WVU
HARTFORD, CONN. (AP) | West Virginia coach Mike Carey looked at the stat sheet and shook his head in disbelief. His Mountaineers had just scored a season-low 39 points and somehow were advancing to the Big East tournament semifinals.
“It wasn’t a pretty game needless to say,” Carey said, chuckling. “We just tried to survive that game. I want to give our girls credit. We didn’t get shook up, continued to play defense and didn’t let our offense affect our defense.”
Taylor Palmer scored all 11 of her points in the second half to help West Virginia beat No. 12 Georgetown 3932 on Sunday in the Big East tournament quarterfinals.
The offense was anemic at best. The Mountaineers (23-7) shot 25 percent from the field and 38 percent from the free throw line. Still, their defense was able to hold the Hoyas to even worse numbers. Georgetown shot 15 percent, missing 58 of its 68 shots.
The teams combined for the fewest points scored in a Big East tournament game. They easily broke the previous mark of 87 set in 2002 by Rutgers and Virginia Tech that was matched three years later by St. John’s and Seton Hall.
“It’s mind boggling because we didn’t hit shots,” Georgetown coach Terri Williams-flournoy said. “I knew we’d win the game with them shooting like that if we would just finally it some shots.”
The Hoyas (22-8) just never did. Sugar Rodgers, who led the team with 14 points, missed 15 of her 20 shots. The rest of the team was a combined 5 for 48.
“I thought we got open shots,” Rodgers said. “We just couldn’t put the ball in the basket.”