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Rodgers leads early surge; Georgetown withstands rally for win

WASHINGTON -- Sugar Rodgers scored 15 of her game-high 17 points in the first half and Georgetown (No. 16 ESPN/USA Today, No. 18 AP) nearly let an early 18-point lead slip away before pulling away late for a 67-57 win over No. 25 St. John's on Tuesday night.

The Hoyas (19-3, 8-1 Big East) raced out to a 37-21 halftime lead, but the Red Storm opened the second half on a 15-4 run and pulled within three at 48-45 with over nine minutes remaining. Led by Monica McNutt and Jaleesa Butler, the Hoyas countered with 15 straight points to go back up by 18 points.

McNutt scored 15 points, Butler scored 13 points and Latia MaGee added 12 points for the Hoyas, who have won 18 of 19 games after a 1-2 start to the season.

The Red Storm (18-4, 6-3), ranked for the first time since the 2005-06 season, had their five-game winning streak snapped.

Eugeneia McPherson finished with 14 points, Kelly McManmon scored 12 and Shenneika Smith scored 10 points for the Red Storm.

This was the first game between two ranked teams at McDonough Arena since the 1981-82 season when the No. 13 Georgetown men defeated No. 4 Missouri 63-51.