March 26, 2009
Washington, D.C. - Senior Karee Houlette (Houston, Texas/Cypress Springs) scored 17 points as the Georgetown University women's basketball squad (20-13) defeated the University of Richmond Spiders (24-10), 65-49, in the third round of the Women's National Invitation Tournament Thursday evening at McDonough Arena. Latia Magee (Jenks, Okla./Jenks) and Monica McNutt (Suitland, Md./Academy of the Holy Cross) also scored in double figures, netting 15 and 12 points respectively. In front of a raucous crowd, Georgetown put together a solid all-around effort forcing 20 Spider turnovers and shooting 43.4 percent on the other end of the floor.
GU's largest lead of the game, 21 points, came at 14:39 in the second half on a three-point shot by Houlette, making the score 45-24. After struggling from the field in the first half, Richmond gained its shot back in the latter part of the second, cutting the lead to 11 with 3:43 left to go. However, the Hoyas held on making key baskets and defensive stops down the stretch for the victory.
Georgetown broke away early on with a 9-0 run over a two-minute span, capped off by a jump shot from Rubylee Wright (Latta, S.C./Latta) at 10:57 to give GU the ten-point advantage. McNutt led all players at the half, scoring all of her 12 points while going 3-5 from three-point range. The Hoyas suffocated the Spiders in the first half, holding them to only four field goals and 19 percent shooting as Richmond went scoreless over the last 9:18 of play to make it 30-14 at the break.
"We have just all become a cohesive unit on defense," said Houlette. "We trust our teammates, I know that if I step up to help, someone is going to be there and I think that has made us better as a team."
Georgetown shot 43.4 percent for the game and 45.5 percent from three-point range, while holding Richmond to just 29.8 percent shooting and keeping the Spiders' leading scorer Brittani Shells scoreless the entire game. GU out-rebounded Richmond, 39-32, and both squads committed 20 turnovers for the game.
The contest marks the first time the Hoyas have won 20 games under Head Coach Terri Williams-Flournoy and the first time in program history since the 1992-93 season when they went 23-7 and advanced to the NCAA Sweet Sixteen. It is also the furthest the squad has ever gone in postseason play.
Transition baskets played a key role in the victory as Georgetown scored 13 points off of turnovers and 30 in the paint.
"A two-foot shot is easier to make than a 20-foot shot," said Williams-Flournoy. "We have continued to push the ball later in the season which has given us more opportunities for layups. I was happy with our effort on offense and defense tonight."
The Hoyas now move on to the WNIT quarterfinals where they will face Boston College. The game is scheduled for Sunday afternoon at Conte Forum. Tipoff is scheduled for 5 p.m. Ticket information will be announced later in the week. Live stats and webcast will be available at www.GUHoyas.com.