Georgetown loses to Brittney Griner and Baylor in NCAA women's basketball tournament
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
BERKELEY, CALIF. -- Georgetown sent shot after shot at the basket against Baylor but few fell through the net.
The fifth-seeded Hoyas suffered through their worst shooting performance of the season and fell, 49-33, to fourth-seeded Baylor in an NCAA tournament South Region second-round game at Haas Pavilion on Monday evening. Their 33 points marked their lowest scoring output in four years.
The Bears (25-9) advance to play top-seeded Tennessee (32-2) in the regional semifinals in Memphis on Saturday.
Making just its second appearance in an NCAA tournament, and its first since 1993, Georgetown (26-7) didn't appear to have the jitters against Baylor as it did in its first-round game against Marist. Instead, the Hoyas were undone by their errant shooting.
Georgetown shot a season-low 17.1 percent from the floor, making just 12 of 70 field goals.
"We couldn't buy a bucket tonight, and it hurt so bad to have that happen on this night," said junior guard Monica McNutt (Holy Cross) as she wiped tears from her eyes.
The Hoyas said they were going to take the ball to the basket against Baylor's 6-foot-8 freshman center Brittney Griner, and they did -- but with little success.
With Griner patrolling the area around the basket, Georgetown never found an offensive rhythm against Baylor. Griner blocked an NCAA tournament-record 14 shots and altered several more, despite playing only 27 minutes because of foul trouble. She has 199 blocks this season, which is also an NCAA record.
From the tip, Griner created all sorts of problems for Georgetown. The Hoyas didn't score their first points of the game until Griner took a seat with two fouls, both of which came on the offensive end. Adria Crawford (Edison), who despite giving up seven inches to Griner wasn't afraid to battle her underneath the basket, drew the charge that sent Griner to the bench.
"She's a good player," senior forward Jaleesa Butler said. "She's a big presence down there. We just couldn't make shots tonight. We did what we could to defend her. It all boiled down to we couldn't make shots."
When Griner left the game with 13 minutes 30 seconds remaining in the first half, Georgetown trailed, 10-0. But even with Griner out of the game, the Hoyas didn't fare much better. After missing their first 12 field goal attempts, they finally got on the scoreboard when Sugar Rodgers made a layup off an out-of-bounds play.
That basket was Rodgers's only field goal of the first half. The Big East freshman of the year, who leads the Hoyas in scoring at 17.8 points per game, had another off-night shooting. Rodgers, who went 3 of 13 from the floor for eight points against Marist, scored only two points in the first half. She finished with nine points on 2-of-14 shooting, only the third time she has scored less than double figures this season.