Jan. 28, 2010
MILWAUKEE (AP) – Just when No. 17 Georgetown was beginning to forget what losing felt like, Angel Robinson delivered a reminder.
Robinson’s three-point play gave Marquette the lead with 1:07 remaining, and the Golden Eagles went on to knock off the Hoyas 52-45 on Wednesday night.
After a slow start, Robinson scored 20 points for the Golden Eagles (13-7, 4-3 Big East), going 5 for 6 from the free throw line in the final minute to help clinch the game.
“I think we were lucky to contain Angel Robinson,” Georgetown coach Terri Williams-Flournoy said. “She’s a really good player. The last couple minutes of the game, she attacked the basket – which is what she does.”
Sugar Rodgers scored 23 points for the Hoyas (17-3, 6-1), who came into Wednesday’s game on a 16-game winning streak. Georgetown hadn’t lost since falling to Dayton on Nov. 20.
Had they forgotten what losing felt like?
“Yeah, we did,” Williams-Flournoy said. “But it’s not a good feeling at all.”
Marquette won despite committing a season-high 30 turnovers – but Georgetown didn’t fare much better, committing 26.
“Georgetown came in with so much confidence, and they’re playing extremely well,” Marquette coach Terri Mitchell said. “And everything people have said about them is true, especially their defense. They rattled us.”
Trailing by 7 with 6:16 left, Marquette cut its mistakes to a minimum and made a comeback.
After Marquette cut the lead to two, Robinson hit a jumper and was fouled, converting the free throw to give the Golden Eagles a 44-43 lead.
Despite the big play, Robinson wasn’t patting herself on the back – not after what she called an “embarrassing” 12 turnovers.
“I know I played bad in the first half and I was a little into myself, but I wasn’t going to let the team down,” Robinson said.
Georgetown was called for traveling twice in the final minute as Marquette extended its advantage on free throws.
“I don’t think I should make a comment on the ref,” Williams-Flournoy said.
Acknowledging Marquette’s at-times ugly night offensively, Mitchell said her team’s defense made the difference.
“They’re a team that averages 70 points, and we held them to 45,” Mitchell said. “And for all of our turnovers and all of our mistakes, our team was able to draw a line in the sand.”
It was a return to action for Georgetown sophomore forward Tia McBride and senior guard Kenya Kirkland, who were suspended for their roles in a pregame scuffle with Louisville on Jan. 16.
“I’m not answering any more questions on that,” Williams-Flournoy said.