Jan. 21, 2009
Washington, D.C. - The Georgetown University women's basketball team suffered a tough loss Wednesday evening at the hands of the Marquette University Golden Eagles (12-7, 3-2 BIG EAST). The Hoyas fell 80-65 despite leading by 11 points at the break. Jaleesa Butler (St. Louis, Mo./Alton) scored a career-high with 27 points on 12-for-17 shooting and also grabbed five rebounds to pace the Blue & Gray, but MU mounted a comeback in the second half. With the loss, Georgetown drops to 12-6 overall and 2-3 in BIG EAST play.
The game started well for the Hoyas with GU jumping out to a 13-point lead midway through the first half after an 8-0 run. Butler had the hot hand in the first scoring 15 points and going 7-of-9 from the field. Georgetown connected on 48.3 percent of its shots from the field as opposed to Marquette who only converted 34.8 percent. The Hoyas also out-rebounded the Golden Eagles 19-14 and had just eight turnovers.
The second half was another story, however, as MU went on an early 13-2 run to cut the Georgetown lead to just two. The Hoyas managed to hold on for much of the half but with Marquette leading by two with 4:41 to go GU went cold. The Golden Eagles orchestrated a 13-0 run that spanned over three minutes putting the game out of reach for the Hoyas. At the buzzer the final was 80-65 in favor of Marquette.
"It was hard because they got a lot of energy," said Head Coach Terri Williams-Flournoy of the run. "We did some good things, but we let them back into the game."
Butler's career-best 27 and 15 points from senior Karee Houlette (Houston, Texas/Cypress Springs) weren't enough for the Hoyas who had just two players in double-digits. Georgetown out-rebounded Marquette 31-30 but committed 20 turnovers in the game and shot 33.3 percent in the second half. The GU bench outscored Marquette's 36-13. This was the first time this season that Georgetown led at the half but lost the game.
Marquette had three players score in double figures and shot 69.6 percent during the second half. Jessica Pachko and Erin Monfre were each held scoreless in the first and combined to take two shots. However in the second stanza, Pachko scored 16 points, while Monfre connected on all four of her three-point attempts to add 12 to the Marquette total.
The Hoyas will look to rebound on Saturday as the squad travels to the University of South Florida for a 7 p.m., contest. Live stats and a webcast of the game will be available on the South Florida athletic website.