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No. 5 Maryland women stunned by St. Joseph's

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No. 5 Maryland women stunned by St. Joseph's

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Saint Joseph's had lost 10 straight against ranked teams and hadn't defeated a top-five opponent in nearly 36 years.

The Hawks changed all that Saturday, stunning No. 5 Maryland 50-49 behind Chatilla van Grinsven's 18 points.

Saint Joseph's (2-1) beat a ranked foe for the first time since a victory over No. 15 Auburn on Dec. 29, 2007. The Terrapins are the highest-ranked team the Hawks have defeated since upsetting No. 3 Montclair State way back on March 11, 1977.

"This win means so much," van Grinsven said. "We've been so close so much, and to come through is a great feeling. We're celebrating this win. We played as hard as we could and made some plays at the end."

Saint Joseph's had dropped 10 straight games to the Terrapins before this one but held Maryland scoreless over the final seven minutes.

Alyssa Thomas had 16 points and 15 rebounds while Laurin Mincy added 14 points for the Terrapins (2-1), who opened the season with a 39-point victory over Mount St. Mary's and a 43-point win over Loyola.

"This has been a great week for this program," said Saint Joseph's coach Cindy Griffin, whose team defeated Drexel on a game-winning 3-pointer at the buzzer Wednesday. "I think we're not perfect, but we're finding ways to win. I think we're tough. I think our players are tough."

Maryland, a regional finalist in last season's NCAA tournament, couldn't shake the Hawks, even after building a 47-38 lead with 9:10 remaining.

"I thought St. Joe's had a terrific game plan and made us work for everything," Maryland coach Brenda Frese said. "They made it difficult for us to get into our offense."

Saint Joseph's went on a 12-2 run to take a 50-49 lead with 4:21 left. The Terrapins committed five of their 19 turnovers during the spurt.

Thomas hit a jumper for a 49-44 lead with seven minutes remaining, but that was all the offense the Terrapins would muster the rest of the game.

Still, Maryland had three chances to win in the final 19 seconds.

Katie Rutan missed a jumper and Thomas had her follow shot blocked by van Grinsven.

The Terrapins had one last chance with less than a second left, but Tianna Hawkins misfired from the baseline and the Saint Joseph's bench erupted in celebration.

"This win is the result of our hard work and preparing," van Grinsven said. "It's a great day for our program here."

Erin Shields added 10 points for the Hawks, who won despite being outrebounded 47-27. Thomas had nine offensive rebounds.

Neither team hit a 3-pointer in the second half. Hawkins managed just two points after scoring 51 in the first two games.

Maryland plays No. 15 Nebraska and No. 2 Connecticut in the next two weeks.

"Obviously, we have a thin margin for error," Frese said. "Obviously, we've got to come ready to play. This will absolutely humble us."

Georgetown gets a boost with Jessie Govan returning to school

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Georgetown gets a boost with Jessie Govan returning to school

After testing the NBA Draft waters, Georgetown center Jessie Govan decided to return to the Hoyas for his senior season.

Govan announced his intention to return on Instagram a week before the final commitment deadline.

Returning to the Hoyas is definitely a boost to the program that will be in their second year under head coach Patrick Ewing.  At 6-10, Govan was the team’s leading scorer (17.9 ppg) and rebounder (10.0 rpg) averaging a double-double last season.

Paired alongside power forward Marcus Derrickson, the Hoyas were nearly unstoppable in the paint. Derrickson though decided to forgo his senior year and signed with an agent after the season.

Had Govan decided to leave that would have meant over 56 percent of the team’s scoring and rebounding would have departed (to graduation or professional pursuits) in a handful of months. Not the best outlook for a 15-win team that went 5-13 in the Big East.

Instead Ewing gets back his leading scorer that many believe he can mold as a young protégée. While in the draft process without an agent Govan had workouts with the Boston Celtics and the New York Knicks. Both are valuable experiences that he will bring to a relatively young Georgetown squad.

Having Govan for one more year will bridge Ewing’s second season to transfer big-man, Omer Yurtseven to his first year of eligibility in 2019. They were set up to having a walk-on and two sophomores being the only returning Hoyas over 6-6 for the upcoming season.

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Future NBA prospect Omer Yurtseven transfers to Georgetown from NC State

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Future NBA prospect Omer Yurtseven transfers to Georgetown from NC State

The pieces are starting to come together for Patrick Ewing.

On Monday the Georgetown Hoyas picked up perhaps the biggest (literally and figuratively) target of the transfer market, Omer Yurtseven.

From North Carolina State, the transfer from Istanbul Turkey will have two years remaining of eligibility. Due to NCAA transfer rules, he is not allowed to play for the 2018-19 season.

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Standing at 7-0, the center helped power the Wolfpack to an NCAA tournament bid this past season. Averaging 13.5 points, 6.7 rebounds, and 1.8 blocks a contest, Yurstseven earned All-ACC Third Team honors in the 2017-18 season. He also touted a 58.3 shooting percentage and was not afraid to pull it up from deep either (22 made three-pointers).

NC State lost in the first round of the NCAA Tournament to No. 8 Seton Hall, but he was limited due to foul trouble with only two points and two rebounds in 14 minutes of play.

Initially, he is the option to fill the void that Jessie Govan will leave, whether that is during this offseason or next. Already the team has lost power forward Marcus Derrickson

Yurtseven will just be another frontcourt talent for Ewing with the Hoyas.

It was widely reported that he was considering playing options, both in the United States and abroad before this announcement. Easily he has the talent to go in first round of the NBA Draft whichever year he declares.

On the same day, the Hoyas also announced the signing of four-star guard James Akinjo.