Ball control key for No. 18 Georgetown women vs. No. 2 Notre Dame

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With second-ranked Notre Dame in town, Georgetown women’s basketball coach Terri Williams-Flournoy knows her team has to be especially careful with the ball if it wants to pull off an upset.

“We’ve put a little bit more time into making sure that we take care of the ball because [Notre Dame does] press, so we need to make sure that we don’t have unforced turnovers,” said Williams-Flournoy, whose 18th-ranked Hoyas (13-3, 2-1 Big East) play the Irish (15-1, 3-0) on Tuesday at 7 p.m.

Georgetown wants to return to the NCAA tournament. Notre Dame presents another opportunity to make a proper impression toward that goal.

“One of the main goals is to get back to the NCAA tournament,” Williams-Flournoy said. “Losing Monica McNutt [last year’s second-leading scorer], we had to figure out who was going to fill that position. We’re still trying to figure that out.

“This team is actually a better rebounding team …we’re also turning the ball over a little bit less.”

Georgetown has been playing well since a bumpy start to the season that saw it lose to Maryland and LSU. It won 11 straight after that, including decisions over ranked teams in Georgia and Miami, before losing last week to 21st-ranked DePaul. The Hoyas then beat South Florida to get back on the winning track.

“It’s been a little up-and-down because there have been times when we’ve been really, really good, and then there have been times when we have been pretty marginal,” Williams-Flournoy said.

Junior guard Sugar Rodgers leads Georgetown at 20.1 points per game. The only other double-figure scorer is senior forward Tia Magee at 11.4. Magee is the leading rebounder at 7.1 per game. As Williams-Flournoy noted, Georgetown has been good with the ball. It has only 254 turnovers, 110 fewer than Hoyas opponents have committed.

Williams-Flournoy would like to see fewer unforced turnovers as well as some more scoring threats emerge.

“We know that Sugar Rodgers is going to score, and it would be great to have two or three more consistent scorers,” she said.

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