Terps Fall to Georgetown in First Road Game

Despite a double-double by Lynetta Kizer, the Terps were unable to hold on against Georgetown.

On Tuesday night, the Maryland women’s basketball game against the No. 13 Georgetown Hoyas began in similar fashion to every other game the Terps have played this season: freshman Alyssa Thomas scored within seconds of tipoff and guided the Terps to an early lead. However, this time, the Terps were unable to extend their early lead to a final victory, and the 2010-2011 team faced its first loss of the season.

The Terps started out strong, leading by as many as nine points when Dara Taylor made a fast-break layup with 9:24 left in the first half. However, a made jump shot by Georgetown forward Adria Crawford soon shifted the momentum and marked the beginning of a pivotal six-minute 11-0 run that put the Hoyas up, 23-21. Terp junior Lynetta Kizer, who finished the night with a double-double of 10 points and 16 rebounds, quickly tied the game, 23-23.

Both junior Kim Rodgers and freshman Laurin Mincy aimed to break the tie in the final minutes of the first half by each taking a three-pointer, but both were unsuccessful. Rodgers finished the night 1-10 from beyond the arc and Mincy was 0-5.

In the final second before halftime, Georgetown sophomore guard Sugar Rodgers hit a decisive three-pointer, giving the Hoyas a 26-23 lead.

Maryland began the second half troubled, just as in the first half, by turnovers and missed three-pointers, allowing the Hoyas to gain a quick lead of 12 points. The Terps ended the game with 29 turnovers total and 2-21 shooting from the three-point line.

The Terps staged a comeback effort in the last minutes of the second half, led by freshman Alicia DeVaughn and sophomore Tianna Hawkins, who persisted as a dominant inside presence for a Terps offense lacking accuracy from three-point range. DeVaughn and Hawkins’ physical battles in the paint allowed the Terps essential opportunities to get to the free throw line, which proved to be their greatest strength in trying to regain the lead.

Despite a 17.5% field goal percentage and a 9.5% three-point field goal percentage, the Terps shot 75% from the free throw line. Hawkins posted 7 points and 8 rebounds while shooting 5-5 from the free throw line and DeVaughn recorded a double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds. DeVaughn made two free throws with two minutes remaining to give the Terps their first lead of the second half, 45-43.

However, the lead did not last long, as Georgetown’s Rubylee Wright and Sugar Rodgers made back-to-back three-pointers with 0:56 left in the game, putting the Hoyas back up 49-45.

Georgetown’s Sugar Rodgers scored the final points of the game by making two free throws. Rodgers led all scorers with 21 points on 7-16 shooting, and went 3-7 from the three-point line.

Maryland (1-1) returns home to Comcast Center on Thursday, November 18 to play Towson at 7:00 pm.

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