Orekhova scores 18 but Bulls fall to No. 15 Hoyas
TAMPA -- USF gave No. 15 Georgetown a scare, trailing by one point with 3:30 to play, but the Hoyas scored the next nine points and pulled out a 66-56 victory over the Bulls before a crowd of 743 at the USF Rec Center.
Junior guard Inga Orekhova, making her Bulls debut, scored a game-high 18 points on six 3-pointers, while guard Jasmine Wynne had 17 points. Georgetown star Sugar Rodgers hit just one of her first 14 shots, finishing with 12 points on 4-of-19 shooting.
"You go into the locker room and you shoot 26 percent and have 13 turnovers, you're taking away a kid that's one of the best in the country," coach Jose Fernandez said. "She's All-Big East for a reason ... but we didn't get the dividends on the offensive end."
The Bulls (9-7, 1-1) led much of the second half, but didn't have any outside shooting besides Orekhova -- the rest of the team went 1-for-13 beyond the arc. Georgetown (13-3, 1-1) outrebounded the Bulls 50-37, including 15 offensive rebounds. USF trailed 55-54 with 3:39 left, but Andrell Smith shot an airball, then Wynne missed the front end of a one-and-one on the next possession, allowing Georgetown to pull away. It spoiled an impressive debut for Orekhova, who sat out the first 15 games due to an NCAA suspension.
"I was really anxious today. I couldn't wait. It felt good being back," Orekhova said. "We just have to shake it off and focus on the next game. ... We have to work harder. We're a great team. We just have to do the little things to win."