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No. 10 Georgetown tops Longwood 56-45 in opener

Georgetown forward Adria Crawford (5) chases after the ball against Longwood guard Chelsea Coward (15) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Friday, Nov. 11, 2011, in Washington. Georgetown forward Adria Crawford (5) chases after the ball against Longwood guard Chelsea Coward (15) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Friday, Nov. 11, 2011, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
By Joseph White
AP Sports Writer / November 11, 2011

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WASHINGTON—Georgetown's first game as a Top 10 team was hardly Top 10-caliber, with the Hoyas' uptempo game sputtering Friday night through a closer-than-expected, 56-45 season-opening win over Longwood.

Preseason Big East first-team guard Sugar Rodgers went only 2 for 10 from the field but made all eight of her free throws to score 13 points for the No. 10 Hoyas, who return four of five starters from the team that beat Maryland in the second round of the NCAA tournament last season before losing by five points to Connecticut in the Sweet 16.

The Hoyas shot only 32 percent and committed 18 turnovers. They led by just six with 7 minutes to play.

Erin Neal and Brittanni Billups scored 14 points apiece to lead the Lancers (0-1), who went 7-23 last season and have never beaten a ranked team or a team from the Big East. Longwood committed 23 turnovers.