Slow Start Dooms Hoyas; GU Falls at Cincinnati, 69-49 in BIG EAST Opener

Jan. 8, 2008

Box Score

Cincinnati, Ohio - The Cincinnati Bearcats had four players in double figures and got out to an early lead en route to topping the visiting Georgetown University women's basketball team, 69-49 in the Hoyas' BIG EAST opener on Tuesday night. The Hoyas fell to 10-4 on the season.

Georgetown senior Kieraah Marlow (Coatesville, Pa./Coatesville) led GU in scoring for the tenth time this season with 14 points to go along with five rebounds and three steals before fouling out with three minutes to go. Sophomore Meredith Cox (Hanover, Pa./Delone Catholic) matched a season best with 12 points on a season-high four three-pointers.

Sophomore Jaleesa Butler (St. Louis, Mo./Alton [Ill.]) grabbed a team-high nine boards. Classmate Shanice Fuller (Chesapeake, Va./Indian River) handed out seven assists.

GU struggled mightily from the floor, connecting on 33 percent of its field goals. It was just the second time this season the Blue and Gray didn't reach the 35 percent mark shooting the basketball.

The Hoyas turned it over on their first four possessions and trailed 8-0 through the first three minutes. UC held a 17-5 lead with 10:58 to go in the half.

GU started 4-15 from the floor (26%) and committed 11 early turnovers while the Bearcats made seven of their first 14 field goals, including four three-pointers.

Junior Brina Pollack (Marlboro, N.J./Marlboro) converted on a fast break layup at the 7:16 mark pull the Blue and Gray to within 22-12.

Cincinnati was ahead 31-15 with three minutes to go before halftime but Georgetown's Kenya Kirkland (Brooklyn, N.Y./Grand Street Campus) hit a three-pointer from the corner with 1:13 to go. The teams then exchanged empty possessions. On UC's last possession of the half, Hoya freshman Monica McNutt (Suitland, Md./Academy of the Holy Cross) blocked a shot on the defensive end, hustled down court and hit on a fast break layup as the first half buzzer sounded with Fuller picking up an assist.



Georgetown trailed 31-20 at intermission. GU connected on just 30 percent of hits first half field goals and had its lowest scoring half of the season. Cincinnati made 45 percent of its first half shots and hit for seven treys.

Bearcat freshman Tenishia Benson hit a three from the corner to give Cincinnati its largest lead of the game, 43-27 with 10:10 to go in regulation.

GU cut it to 48-37 on two Marlow free throws at 9:42 but Carla Jacobs scored UC's next five points for a 53-37 Bearcats advantage with 9:00 left in the contest.

Cincinnati was led by Kahla Roudebush who tallied a game-high 21 points while Jill Stephens posted a double-double 18 points and 13 rebounds.

The Hoyas will hit the floor again on Saturday, January 12 at Villanova in a 2 p.m. tip-off.

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