Points hard to come by as Ge­orge­town falls to WVU

The Washington Times Daily - - Sports -

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.”

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