Nov. 29, 2007
Towson, Md. - Sophomore Jaleesa Butler (St. Louis, Mo./Aton (Ill.)) notched her first career double-double with 10 points and 12 rebounds and senior center Aminata Diop (Saint-Louis, Senegal/) scored all 12 of her points in the second half as the Georgetown University women's basketball team earned a hard-fought 67-57 win at Towson on Thursday night. The Hoyas improve to 4-1 for the first time under fourth-year head coach Terri Williams-Flournoy.
Butler had a career-high 12 rebounds after grabbing seven caroms in the first half alone. Shanice Fuller (Chesapeake, Va./Indian River) was 11-12 from the free throw line, all in the second half and finished with the 11 points, four assists and three steals off the bench. Sophomore Kenya Kirkland (Brooklyn, N.Y./Grand Street Campus) picked up career-highs with nine points and four steals while matching a career-high with six rebounds.
Georgetown shot 41 percent from the floor, marking the fifth consecutive game that the Hoyas eclipsed the 40 percent mark from the floor. The Blue and Gray also outrebounded the Tigers, 36-28 for the game and regrouped from a 27-25 halftime deficit. Georgetown's bench outscored the TU bench, 27-11.
"It was definitely a team effort tonight," said Williams-Flournoy, whose Hoyas avenged a loss to Towson in the season opener last season. "I was very pleased with the play of some of the bench players - Shanice, Meredith (Cox) and Jaleesa.
"We played a lot of zone in the first half," said Williams-Flournoy. "We made a conscience effort to pick up the intensity in our man-to-man and full court pressure and it allowed us to get some easy layups - especially when we made the run in the second half.
"Jaleesa (Butler) is playing harder and it's paying off," added Williams-Flournoy.
The score was tight throughout the first half with the Hoyas building a five-point lead, 20-15 on Brina Pollack's (Marlboro, N.J./Marlboro) third jumper of the contest.
Towson scored the game's next five points to tie the game, 20-20 with 6:19 to go before halftime.
The team's field goal percentages hovered around 30 percent during the opening 20 minutes of action and Towson held a 27-25 lead at intermission.
Towson's Alis Freeman hit two quick three-pointers to start the second half to give the Tigers a 33-25 bulge.
Georgetown trailed 38-32 when the Hoyas' leading scorer Kieraah Marlow (Coatesville, Pa./Coatesville) went to the bench with four personal fouls and 12:11 remaining in regulation.
Diop replaced Marlow and immediately converted on a three-point play. Kirkland followed with a layup after GU forced a turnover on the inbounds pass. Diop stole a pass, tossed to Fuller who fed Butler for an easy layup for a 39-38 GU lead with 11:11 left.
But Jamell Beasley hit a jumper after the Towson timeout to give Towson (2-2) a 40-39 lead with 11:03 to go.
GU continued to battle and used its full court defense defense to get two consecutive easy layups for Diop in transition after two made Fuller fouls shots. The Hoyas held a 45-40 lead with 9:26 left. Georgetown's defense helped induce 11 Towson turnovers in the first 12 minutes in the second half.
The Blue and Gray was then in the double bonus, shooting two free throws on every Tiger foul over the game's final 9:55.
The Hoya defense continued to be aggressive while Towson managed just two field goals over a nine minute span as Georgetown went on a 13-5 run to extend its lead to 55-45 with 3:43 to go.
Georgetown is back in action on Thursday, December 6 at Fordham University in Bronx, N.Y.