Coming off an exhilarating overtime win over Syracuse, the Georgetown women’s basketball team could not carry their intensity into Saturday’s game at Virginia Tech, falling 79-50. In the losing cause, freshman forward Rebekkah Brunson had her sixth double-double of the season on a career-high 20 points and 10 rebounds.

“We were not at our best on offense in this game,” Head Coach Pat Knapp said. “It had to do with every offensive category there is.”

Despite an early first-half lead, the Hoyas (10-7, 2-4 Big East) never really made this a close game, as the Hokies cruised to victory. Poor shooting haunted Georgetown as the team shot only 30 percent from the field in the first half. Georgetown took a 7-6 lead with 14:27 remaining in the half, but Virginia Tech went on a 15-3 run over the following seven minutes to go up by 11, 21-10. The Hoyas were able to cut the lead to six several times in the first half, but could get no closer. With 1:29 remaining in the first, senior guard Katie Smrcka-Duffy made the score 30-24 on a fast break layup. But the Hokies closed the half with two layups, giving them a 10-point advantage.

Brunson led Georgetown with eight first-half points while Smrcka-Duffy added seven.

The Hokies opened up the second half with a three-pointer, one of five second-half threes. Two consecutive layups from Brunson and sophomore forward Shawntese Charles shaved the lead down to nine with 18:38 remaining, but that would be the last time the Hoyas would narrow the gap to single digits.

Virginia Tech responded with two layups of their own from senior guard Amy Wetzel and senior forward Tere Williams to push the lead back to 13. After a Brunson shot made it 46-34 with 12:52 left, the Hokies pulled away. Over the next seven minutes, they went on a 17-2 run. By the time Georgetown connected on a field goal at the 6:15 mark, Virginia Tech had opened its lead to 63-38. The Hoyas put up little resistance, never again coming within 23 points.

For Virginia Tech, freshman center Ieva Kublina came off the bench to contribute a team-high 19 points, including three shots from downtown. Tere Williams and Sarah Hicks scored 17 and 15 points, respectively. The Hokies ran rampant in the second half, hitting 16 of 26 field goals for a 61.5 shooting percentage. They also hit 5 of 9 from three-point land.

Meanwhile, Georgetown’s starters shot very poorly. Aside from Brunson who hit 7 of 14 from the field, the other four starters shot a combined 6-31. Junior guard Lesley Walker, who hit the game-winning three-pointer in overtime against Syracuse, had a shooter’s nightmare, going 0 for 13 from the field and managing only one point in the contest. Smrcka-Duffy had 12 points on 4-12 shooting.

For her efforts throughout the week, Brunson was named Big East Rookie of the Week for the third time this season. She averaged 17.5 points and 11.5 boards while giving the Hoyas a dominant presence in the frontcourt.

Georgetown will play at Pittsburgh this Wednesday before coming back home to take on Providence on Saturday.

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