Jaleesa Butler had 12 points and a game-high nine rebounds but Villanova got past Georgetown, 57-51. (Courtesy: Aurora Imaging Company, Inc.)
Jan. 12, 2008
Villanova, Pa. - Stacie Witman scored all 17 of her points in the second half to lead the Villanova Wildcats to a 57-51 victory over the visiting Georgetown University women's basketball team in BIG EAST action on Saturday afternoon inside The Pavilion. The Hoyas fell to 10-5, 0-2 in BIG EAST.
The Hoyas came into the contest ranked fifth in the BIG EAST in field goal percentage (44.8%) but GU has now shot less than 36 percent from the floor in consecutive games.
The Hoyas led 26-25 at the break, marking the tenth time this season the Blue & Gray led at the half. The game witnesses two ties and six lead changes in the first half.
GU shot 41 percent from the floor and notched 20 points from inside the paint. Villanova (11-5, 1-2 BE) connected on 5-14 three-pointers in the first half with Lisa Karcic pacing the Wildcat attack with 14 points and four treys. Karcic finished with 17 points.
Georgetown led 16-13 with 7:29 to go in the first half. Butler and Diop each had four points apiece while Villanova's Lisa Karcic had eight points, including two three-pointers through the game's first 13 minutes.
GU went scoreless for four minutes midway through the period as VU turned a 16-12 deficit into a 20-16 Wildcat lead.
Witman scored seven of the Wildcat's first nine points to start the half after not scoring at all in the opening period. Witman's first three of the game gave VU a 34-32 lead with 14:51 to go.
A five minute scoring drought in the early going of the second half plagued the Hoyas and Villanova extended its lead to 41-32 with 12:09 to go. A Laura Kurz three-pointer at 12:59 gave Villanova a 39-32 edge and the next trip down the floor, Kurz hit a layup off a backdoor cut for a 41-32 advantage for the home team.
Butler stopped the scoring drought with an old fashioned three-point play with Shanice Fuller (Chesapeake, Va./Indian River) picking up an assist on the play. Kenya Kirkland (Brooklyn, N.Y./Grand Street Campus) hit a jumper from the foul line on the ensuing Hoya possession as Georgetown clawed to within 41-37 with 8:14 remaining . A Meredith Cox (Hanover, Pa./Delone Catholic) three brought Georgetown to within 48-43 with 3:29 to go. Two Butler free throws closed the Hoya deficit to 48-45 with 3:03 left but Georgetown missed field goals on their next two possessions while Witman and Karcic made four consecutive free throws to give the Wildcats a 52-45 lead.
Cox made her first start of the season.
Georgetown is now 0-6 in its last six trips to The Pavilion.
Georgetown returns home and takes on sixth ranked Rutgers inside McDonough Arena on Tuesday, January 15 at 7:30 p.m. 8974
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