February 27, 2021 

BIG EAST Weekly: Georgetown gets big OT win over St. John’s

And Maddy Siegrist keeps on dominating for Villanova

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Georgetown earns second win of the season

On Wednesday, the Georgetown Hoyas women’s basketball team earned a 62-58 overtime win against BIG EAST competitor St. John’s. This bumps the Hoyas to 2-13 overall on the season.

Needless to say, it’s been a rough season for all athletes, and the Hoyas are no exception. In addition to the “new normal” of COVID-19 mixed with the steady dose of racism uniquely familiar to women’s basketball, Georgetown hasn’t had a winning season since it went 19-16 (9-9 in the BIG EAST) in 2018-19 under current head coach James Howard.

Since then, the team has won seven games between this year and the 2019-20 season. So how did the Hoyas get the win?

“By sheer hustle and not allowing a mistake on offense to become a mistake on defense,” said Howard after Wednesday’s win. One quick look at the box score and we can also see that a strong start made all the difference.

The Hoyas outscored the Red Storm 24-18 in the first quarter, shooting at a 69% clip from the floor and 62% from beyond the arc. Georgetown never shot better than 33% for the remainder of the game, but the Hoyas held St. John’s to a team-high 45% shooting performance in the second quarter.

Another decisive factor was points from the bench: the St. John’s bench only scored two points Wednesday, while the Hoyas bench scored 14 of the team’s 62 points.

Yasmin Ott (8 points) and Shanniah Wright (6 points) complemented the surgical shooting from starters Milan Bolden-Morris, Graceann Bennett and freshman Kelsey Ransom. Ransom added 7 steals and 5 rebounds in the win.

”Kelsey showed what it takes to win,” said Howard. He also praised forward Taylor Baur for hitting four critical free throws down the stretch.

Overall, Howard felt this was a strong team effort. “Those who didn’t play, those on the bench and those who played, everyone had a hand in this win tonight.”

Both teams had depleted benches, and winning as a team is about the only way to do it in a season plagued with so much disruption.


The Roundup

Must-read stories throughout the BIG EAST

#BIGEASTWeekly Awards

And the winners are…

Player of the Week 

Maddy Siegrist, Villanova, So., F

Freshman of the Week 

Emma Ronsiek, Creighton, Fr., F

Weekly Honor Roll

Temi Carda, Creighton, Sr., G

Desiree Elmore, Seton Hall, Sr., G/F

Lexi Held, DePaul, Jr., G

Selena Lott, Marquette, Sr., G

Christyn Williams, Connecticut, Jr., G

Written by Erica L. Ayala

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