With five minutes left in the first half, a cry rang out from the Georgetown bench.
"Now that's how you play!"
Prompted by a layup from senior guard Rubylee Wright, the No. 20 Hoyas had a 10-point lead in their match with 11th-ranked Rutgers on Sunday at McDonough Arena.
With 15 steals, 33 rebounds, and a 54-36 win over the Scarlet Knights, Georgetown looked like an inspired team.
"[This win] just shows how good we are as a team. We've been a little up and down, but overall, were just as good as anybody out there," Wright said.
It was a memorable day for Wright, who set a Georgetown record with 472 career assists.
"I wouldn't have been able to do it without these girls. I was blessed to have them on my side," Wright said. "Without them, I couldn't have done it."
Wright's humility highlighted the teams solidarity that was evident Sunday. The Hoyas played with a level of intensity and unity that had been lacking recently.
"My teammates are my support system. Just to know that they have my back and that they support every shot that I take and the way I play basketball, it helps a whole lot," said senior Tia Magee.
At the close of the first half, junior Sydney Wilson delivered the final basket with less than 2 seconds left to play as the crowd erupted in approval. The Hoyas led 26-17, holding the Scarlet Knights to their lowest-scoring first half of the season.
"We didnt take enough pride in our play today," said Rutgers Monique Oliver.
The Scarlet Knights took a hit near the end of the first half when leading-scorer Rushdan Khadijah was wheeled off of the court after sustaining an injury.
"I don't think people realize how important she is, in that she makes everything go," Rutgers coach Vivian Stringer said.
While the Knights frustration mounted, Georgetown eventually built a commanding 54-27 lead.
"Once we started to [force turnovers], they got frustrated and instead of playing at that same level, we had to step it up," said Magee, who was 9-for-11 and finished with 21 points. Sugar Rodgers added 19.
Georgetown held Rutgers to its fewest points this season, and the margin of defeat was the Scarlet Knights' largest
"At this point, you need a signature win," coach Terri Williams-Flournoy said. "We really needed a signature win over a ranked opponent."
The Hoyas ran off the court high-fiving and beaming from ear-to-ear. On a night of broken records, the Hoyas found more than just one reason to smile.
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