- The Washington Times - Friday, January 27, 2012

Senior Tia Magee led the Hoyas to a sweet victory earlier this week against West Virginia on the road.

The inspired forward took matters into her own hands after a 64-61 loss to the Louisville Cardinals the game before. Following the loss, she said: “We cannot lose [again]. Defensively [we need to] be more aggressive. Offensively [we need to] be more aggressive and more confident.”

Magee displayed her confidence Tuesday against the Mountaineers by totaling 17 points in the second half, after going 0-for-2 in the first.

“I knew I needed to have a better second half after I played terribly in the first,” Magee said.

The forward’s performance propelled Georgetown to a 64-54 victory.

Tia was being really aggressive, and they had bigger posts on her so she was able to take them to the basket,” said Georgetown coach Terri Williams-Flournoy.

Magee notes her teammates as the source of her confidence.

“They really had my back and had confidence that I could get back into the game,” she said. “It really got me going for the second half.”

The Hoyas stepped up their game in all areas against West Virginia and forced 30 turnovers, including 12 steals.  

“We played really good defense,” said Wiliams-Flournoy. “They were tough inside with two really big post players so we had to be able to defend their high-low game so that we wouldn’t get beat too bad inside.”

Down to 20th in the rankings this week, Georgetown (16-5, 5-3 Big East) will face No. 11 Rutgers (17-3, 6-1) on Sunday afternoon at 1:30 p.m. at McDonough Arena.

Rutgers’ only conference loss was to unranked St. John’s, who Georgetown has yet to face. However, the Scarlet Knights have also fallen to Miami, 92-81, in non-conference play, a team that the Hoyas defeated 71-46 earlier this season.

Williams-Flournoy looks forward to Sunday after Georgetown got back on the winning track against the Mountaineers.

“Any win definitely gives your team confidence, and especially going into our next game against Rutgers, you want as much confidence as you can get,” the coach said.