Shooting Struggles Hinder Hoyas in 56-47 Loss at Penn State
Dec. 9, 2007
University Park, Pa. - The Georgetown University women's basketball team shot just 29 percent from the floor and was outrebounded for the second time this season and Penn State converted seven of ten free throws in the final 1:03 in a 56-47 loss to the Lady Lions on Sunday afternoon.
The Hoyas (5-2) had a five-game win streak snapped while PSU improved to 7-3 overall and 6-0 at home.
Red-shirt junior Brina Pollack (Marlboro, N.J./Marlboro) set new career highs with 20 points and six rebounds while seniors Kieraah Marlow (Coatesville, Pa./Coatesville) and Aminata Diop (Saint-Louis, Senegal) scored 13 and 10 points, respectively. The Hoyas had just four players score as sophomore Jaleesa Butler (St. Louis, Mo./Alton [Ill.]) tallied four points.
"We executed at times and when we did, we scored. We got some high percentage shots but missed a bunch of layups" said GU head coach Terri Williams-Flournoy. "The last time we got outrebounded, we lost (at Hampton) so that's something we have to work on. We can't shoot 18-61 and expect to win."
The teams struggled from the floor, combining for 5-22 field goalin the early going and the game was tied at 8-8 eight minutes in. Marlow had six of the Hoyas' first eight points.
Pollack converted an old-fashioned three-point play at the 7:28 mark on a pretty dribble drive as the Blue and Gray trailed, 19-18.
Penn State went on a 7-1 run in the final 1:44 of the first half to take a 31-26 lead at the break, marking the third time this season that GU was behind at intermission. Marlow had 11 first half points while Pollack had nine, all in the final 10 minutes of the opening period.
Georgetown finished the half shooting 31 percent from the floor while the Lady Lions made 36 percent of their field goals. Penn State outrebounded the Hoyas, 23-16 and grabbed nine boards on the offensive end.
Penn State's Brianne O'Rourke hit back-to-back runners and Kamela Gissendaner connected on two free throws as the Lady Lions opened a seven point advantage with 11:52 remaining in regulation. Georgetown was battling but missed on all 11 of its three-point shots at the time.
Pollack scored the next three baskets for the Hoyas, including her first three-pointer of the season to get GU within 40-35 with 11 minutes remaining. But Georgetown made one of its next seven field goal attempts as PSU extended its lead to 46-37 with 6:16 to go.
Williams-Flournoy returned to Penn State for the first time as a head coach after a steller playing career with the Lady Lions.
"It's great coming back to State College," Williams-Flournoy said. "I had a great experience as a player. I find myself sometimes saying things to my ladies that (former PSU) Coach (Rene) Portland used to say to me, like `tuck in your shirt' or little coaching tidbits. I learned a great deal from her."
Georgetown played five of its first seven games on the road. The Hoyas now open a three-game homestand on Sunday, December 16 when GU hosts Virginia Commonwealth at 1 p.m.