Aminata Diop and Kenya Kirkland haul in a rebound in Tuesday's 81-56 win over Navy.
Nov. 20, 2007
Washington, D.C. - The Georgetown University women's basketball team had its best overall performance of the season en route to an 81-56 win over visiting Navy on Tuesday night inside McDonough Arena. The Hoyas (3-1), winners of three straight, won their sixth consecutive game over Navy.
The Hoyas raced out to a 45-22 halftime lead. It was GU's biggest first half scoring output of the season and the biggest since November 27, 2005 (win vs. Lipscomb).
Senior forward Kieraah Marlow (Coatesville, Pa./Coatesville) finished with a game-high 19 points while classmate Aminata Diop (Saint-Louis, Senegal/AmethFall) notched her third career double-double with 17 points and 11 rebounds.
Marlow now has 1,289 career points to move into tenth place on the school's all-time scoring list.
For the third straight game, every Hoya that checked into the game scored.
Junior Brina Pollack (Marlboro, N.J/Marloboro) handed out a career-high seven assists vs. just one turnover. Senior Kristin Heidloff (Chicago, Ill./Fenwick) tallied a season-high 11 points, including three three-pointers. Heidloff now has 129 career treys, good enough for sixth place on the school's all-time list.
"We were much more patient offensively tonight and we made our layups," said fourth year head coach Terri Williams-Flournoy. "We seemed to be more aggressive on defense and one of our keys going in was to be better in transition. I think we did that. Aminata and Shanice (Fuller) (7 pts., 4 rebs., 5 assts.) really stepped up for us tonight."
Sophomore Meredith Cox (Hanover, Pa./Delone Catholic) tied the game for the Hoyas at 9-9 with 14:47 to go in the first half with a three-pointer right in front of the Navy bench. The Hoyas then went on a 15-4 run over the next seven minutes for a commanding 24-13 lead. Georgetown made 6-8 field goals during the span with Marlow and Diop recording two field goals apiece in the post.
In the 2006-07 meeting between the Hoyas and the Midshipmen, Georgetown led 17-16 at intermission. On Tuesday, GU was ahead 17-12 with more than nine minutes to go in the opening period.
Marlow notched a layup with just eight ticks left in the half to give GU its biggest lead of the game 45-22. Marlow had 13 points in the first 20 minutes, just four points shy of her season average.
Georgetown had three scorers in double figures in the first half alone.
For the third straight game, the Hoya bench outscored the opponent's bench. GU netted 21 points to Navy's 19 on Tuesday. The Hoyas also handed out 23 assists against 13 turnovers, marking the first time the Blue and Gray had a plus assist-to-turnover ratio. The 23 assists was the most for Georgetown since last season's win over Fordham.
Navy, who dropped to 2-4. on the year, received 17 points from freshman Cassie Consedine.
The Hoyas will take the Thanksgiving holiday off and travel to Towson University on Thursday, November 29 in a non-league game that tips at 7 p.m.
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