Jan. 17, 2009
Washington, D.C. - The Georgetown University women's basketball team dropped a 74-58 BIG EAST contest Saturday afternoon to the No. 7/11 Louisville Cardinals (18-1, 5-0 BIG EAST) at McDonough Arena. The Hoyas struggled with turnovers in the first half, but outscored the Cardinals in the second. With the loss, Georgetown drops to 12-5 overall and 2-2 in the BIG EAST.
"Outside of that (26 turnovers) it was not a bad game," said Head Coach Terri Williams-Flournoy. "I thought we played extremely hard, I though we hit some timely shots. We made some defensive stops when we needed to but we just turned the ball over too many times."
It was All-BIG EAST performer Angel McCoughtry that helped the Cardinals jump out to a quick 7-0 lead before junior Shanice Fuller (Chespeake, Va./Indian River) sank a pair of free throws to put the Hoyas on the board. Through the first 12 minutes, Georgetown managed to keep the game close with a three and two free throws from Karee Houlette (Houston, Texas/Cypress Springs) as well as baskets from Jaleesa Butler (St. Louis, Mo./Alton) and Monica McNutt (Suitland, Md./Academy of the Holy Cross).
The Cardinals staged a 10-0 run late in the half putting the squad up by 17 with 5:48 remaining forcing the Hoyas to play catch-up. Georgetown battled back, but a three-point play from Butler and a trey by Houlette wouldn't be enough as the team went into the locker room trailing by 21 points, 42-21.
Houlette led the Hoyas with 10 points and Butler added five. Despite trailing, GU out-rebounded the Cardinals 17-13 but committed a season-high 17 first half turnovers, many coming off of the UofL press. Georgetown shot 25 percent for the half while the Cardinals hit 53.8 percent from the field. McCoughtry led Louisville with 24 points in the first.
The Hoyas stepped it up in the second half holding McCoughtry to just four points and continuing to hit the boards. Late in the second, Georgetown cut it to fourteen after a layup by Houlette, but that would be as close as the squad would come falling 58-74.
In the second, Georgetown shot 55 percent and held Louisville to 38.1 percent shooting outscoring the Cardinals 37-32. The Hoyas also committed just nine turnovers. Butler contributed nine points in the half and both McNutt and Adria Crawford (Alexandria, Va./Thomas Edison) had eight.
Despite the solid second half, the Hoyas still fell but made a game of it with Houlette leading the way posting 15 points. Butler had 14 in the game and McNutt scored 10. Butler led the squad in rebounding with eight as GU out-rebounded Louisville 30-27. Georgetown struggled to break the press with a season-high 26 turnovers as Louisville scored 30 points off of Hoya TO's.
"I think we are continuing to progress," said Williams-Flournoy. "Every game is a challenge with seven freshmen, but the upperclassmen have really done a good job of stepping up. We're getting better and at this time of the year this is all you want out of your team, to get better."
The Hoyas will host another BIG EAST contest on Wednesday when they welcome the Marquette Golden Eagles to McDonough Arena for an 8 p.m., contest. Live stats and a webcast will be available for fans on www.GUHoyas.com.