Jan. 4, 2008
Washington, D.C. - Senior co-captain Kieraah Marlow (Coatesville, Pa./Coatesville) posted her 28th career double-double netting 17 points to go along with a season-high 15 rebounds and sophomore forward Jaleesa Butler posted a game-high 19 points, one shy of her career high to pace the Georgetown University women's basketball team to a 65-46 win over visiting Brown in the Hoyas' final non-conference game of the season. The Hoyas committed a season-low 10 turnovers and improved to 10-3 overall, the team's best record through 13 games under fourth-year head coach Terri Williams-Flournoy.
The Blue and Gray improved to 6-0 at home for the first time since the 1996-97 season.
Georgetown endured through its lowest first half field-goal percentage of the season (28%; 9-32) and held a slim 25-24 lead at halftime. The Hoyas shot a blistering 59 percent in the second half while being active enough on defense to limit the Bears to 26 percent shooting (5-19) from the field.
Hoya freshman Monica McNutt (Suitland, Md./Academy of the Hoy Cross) came off the bench and provided an offensive spark with 12 points, including two three-pointers. Shanice Fuller (Chesapeake, Va./Indian River) played another complete game off the bench recording five points, three rebounds, five assists and three steals in 27 minutes.
"After the way we shot the ball in the first half, I just told the girls at halftime to relax and play Georgetown basketball," said Williams-Flournoy. "In the second half, we just executed better. We didn't settle for the first shot we found. We let the offense progress to the second and third option - and we were much more aggressive on the defensive end.
"I think the kids are playing with lot of confidence and they're learning how to win," added Williams-Flournoy. "They learning what it takes to win and when even when wer're down, they understand what it takes to stay together. We're taking pride in our defensive effort as a whole."
Georgetown led by six points, 42-36 with 10:24 to go but GU went on a 13-3 run over the next seven minutes to pull away. The Hoyas made four of six field goals during the stretch and recorded an assist on each of those buckets.
The Blue and Gray closed the game on a 17-7 run over the final 4:53 after Brown's starting foward Natalie Bonds fouled out.
Brown's leading scorer was Ashley Alexander, who scored 12 points and grabbed six rebounds off the pine.
The Hoyas improved to 10-0 on the season when they hold a lead with five minutes to go.
Marlow's 15 boards were one shy of her career-best.
The game saw six ties and six lead changes in the opening period alone.
Butler was active on both ends for the home team in the first half and had a game-high 11 first half points, after entering the contest averaging 7.6 points per game. Despite their cold shooting in the opening period, Georgetown had 10 offensive rebounds.
Georgetown takes to the road and opens BIG EAST play when the Hoyas travel to Cincinnati on Tuesday, January 8 in a 7 p.m. tip-off against the Bearcats.