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Georgetown Coach Pat Knapp had plenty to be pleased about last night. The Hoyas were impressive on offense and tenacious on defense, and the effort resulted in a 79-67 victory over Providence in a Big East matchup before 351 at McDonough Gym.
"Good to get a win," said Knapp, whose team has won four of its last five. "Good to get any win. It's the Big East. There's no game [in this conference] where you can predict the score."
After a strong start to the season, Georgetown (9-2, 1-1) was disappointed to lose its conference opener, 60-57, to Miami last Saturday. The Hoyas, however, showed their resiliency against Providence (5-7, 0-2).
Georgetown also demonstrated its offensive firepower. The 79 points tied its second-highest scoring output of the season. The 56 percent field goal percentage was a season high and their nine three-point field goals tied a season high.
Junior forward Rebekkah Brunson led Georgetown with 22 points on 8-of-14 shooting. Freshman forward Carmen Bruce scored a season-high 14 points and sophomore guard Mary Lisicky, the team's point guard and outside shooting specialist, went 5 of 9 from behind the three-point arc to finish with 18 points.
"There was a lot of concentration," Bruce said. "We got the ball to open players. People were cutting harder, putting more emphasis on running the offense."
Providence scored seven unanswered points at the end of the first half to take a 36-32 halftime lead. But Georgetown was nearly unstoppable to start the second half -- it made 11 of its first 14 field goals after halftime. The Hoyas also held the Friars to just three field goals over nearly eight minutes.
"By the second half, you figure out, you feel how they [the Friars] are moving, where the open spots are," said Zsuzsanna Horvath, who scored six straight points during one stretch in the second half for Georgetown.
Horvath's contributions went beyond the eight points and two blocked shots she had as a reserve.
"Zsuzsanna got inside for some good post moves . . . and her giving Becky [Brunson] and [forward] Nok [Duany] some rest and coming in and scoring eight points is really helpful," Knapp said.
A three-point basket by Lisicky with 10 minutes 11 seconds remaining gave Georgetown its first double-digit lead of the game. The Hoyas, who shot 65 percent in the second half, then slowly began to pull away. Another Lisicky three-pointer keyed an 11-2 run, giving the Hoyas their biggest lead of the game at 75-61. The only area where Georgetown came up short was the free throw line, where they made 12 of 23 attempts.