HARTFORD, Conn. – Taylor Palmer scored all 11 of her points in the second half to help West Virginia beat No. 12 Georgetown 39-32 on Sunday in the Big East tournament quarterfinals.
Both teams struggled on offense, setting the tournament record for fewest combined points in a game, easily surpassing the mark of 87 set in 2002 by Rutgers and Virginia Tech that was matched three years later by St. John's and Seton Hall.
The Mountaineers will play the winner of Notre Dame and DePaul in the semifinals Monday night.
Leading 21-18 with 14:39 left, West Virginia used a 14-6 run to take control of the game. Palmer hit three 3-pointers during the spurt, including one with 6:56 left that made it 34-24. That was the Mountaineers' (23-7) final basket of the game.
Sugar Rodgers, who led the Hoyas (22-8) with 14 points, hit a 3-pointer and Adria Crawford added a jumper to make it 35-29. The Hoyas couldn't get much closer.
West Virginia did everything it could to keep Georgetown in the game at the end. The Mountaineers missed seven of 10 free throws in the final minute but the Hoyas couldn't capitalize on the other end. West Virginia finished the game 9 for 24 from the foul line.
Georgetown finished the game shooting an awful 15 percent (10 for 68) from the field. West Virginia wasn't much better at 25 percent.
West Virginia held a 15-12 lead at halftime as the two teams struggled on offense for the first 20 minutes. The Mountaineers shot just 21 percent (6 for 29) from the field while Georgetown was an anemic 11 percent, missing 31 of its 35 shots. Rodgers made three of her 11 shots, the rest of the Hoyas were 1 for 24.
It was the second lowest scoring first half in Big East tournament history, barely surpassing the Notre Dame-Villanova game in 2003 that was tied at 13 at the half.
This is West Virginia's final time in the Big East tournament before leaving for the Big 12 next season.