Ge­orge­town takes care of Fresno State to ad­vance

Magee scores 17 points in vic­tory

The Washington Times Daily - - Weather - BY MIKE POT­TER

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. | Tia Magee ap­par­ently woke up Sun­day and de­cided her col­lege bas­ket­ball ca­reer wasn’t go­ing to end that day.

Ge­orge­town’s 6-foot-2 se­nior for­ward led the way with 17 points, in­clud­ing 7 of 8 from the free throw line, and grabbed six re­bounds in a 6156 vic­tory over scrappy Fresno State in the first round of the NCAA women’s tour­na­ment at Carmichael Arena.

The fifth-seeded Hoyas (23-8), who never trailed, will take on No. 4 seed Ge­or­gia Tech (25-8) in a sec­ond-round game Tues­day night at 7 with that sur­vivor ad­vanc­ing to the Des Moines re­gional next week­end.

The Hoyas will be play­ing for a chance at their sec­ond straight ap­pear­ance in the Sweet 16.

“The fact that we were able to hold our com­po­sure and hold them off is great,” Ge­orge­town coach Terri Wil­liams-flournoy said. “At this time, you’ll just take the win. Had it been one point, 30 points, re­gard­less, it’s a win, and you just move on to the sec­ond round.”

Sugar Rodgers and Adria Craw­ford added 11 points each for Ge­orge­town, which snapped a two-game los­ing streak.

“This is my last go ’round, and it’s re­ally hit­ting me right now,” Magee said. “To­day I was so full of en­ergy I had no idea what to do with it. I just wanted to do well for my team. My teammates have all taken the time to talk to me and just tell me what I need to do, so I just went out and played hard.”

Rodgers was held to six points un­der her sea­son av­er­age, but said she was glad to see her teammates pick up

the scor­ing slack.

“Fresno played great de­fense, and my teammates stepped it up,” the All-big East ju­nior guard said. “I didn’t take too many shots [she hit 4 of 7] be­cause coach said to get the ball in­side. We got the ball in­side, and that made it eas­ier on ev­ery­body.”

Ki-ki Moore had 22 points and Rosie Moult 12 with 10 re­bounds for the No. 12 seed Bull­dogs (28-6), cham­pi­ons of the Western Ath­letic Con­fer­ence. Madi­son Par­rish added 10 points on 10-of-10 free throw shoot­ing for Fresno State, which was in its fifth NCAA tour­na­ment in the past five years and still is look­ing for its first vic­tory in the event.

“Ge­orge­town made the plays in the end, and I wish them luck in the tour­na­ment,” FSU coach Adrian Wig­gins said. “That said, I’m very proud of our team. They made plays, they re­sponded to ad­ver­sity, they shared the ball, and they re­bounded hard. We just couldn’t find that weak­ness that could get us over the top.”

Ge­orge­town shot 37.3 per­cent to FSU’S 34.0, but the most im­por­tant statis­tic was the Hoyas’ 5-of-10 3-point shoot­ing com­pared to the Bull­dogs’ 7-for 29. Fresno out­re­bounded the Hoyas 4135 but com­mit­ted 19 turnovers to Ge­orge­town’s 14.

Magee scored the Hoyas’ first five points, putting them ahead for good on a layup that made it 5-3 with 18:18 left in the first half.

Ge­orge­town led by as many as 17 points, 46-29 on a Rubylee Wright 3pointer with 15:45 to go, be­fore the Bull­dogs started a long come­back that al­most got the job done.

They had the ball down by just three points three times over the final three min­utes. But fol­low­ing a Tay­lor Thompson turnover with the Hoyas up 59-56 and 17 sec­onds left, Mor­gan Wil­liams hit the sec­ond of two free throws with 16 sec­onds to go to make it a two-pos­ses­sion game. Rodgers hit the sec­ond of two with two sec­onds left to com­plete the scor­ing.

“I’m re­ally proud of [my team],” Moult said. “We had a re­ally good ef­fort to­day. I think we’ve got the con­fi­dence that we can play ‘up’ with teams like Ge­orge­town, and this gives us con­fi­dence for next year.”

Fresno State had won the teams’ only pre­vi­ous meet­ing, 57-56 in 1999.

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