Dec. 16, 2007
Washington, D.C. - The Georgetown University women's basketball team outscored Virginia Commonwealth, 32-16 in the paint and the Hoyas held VCU to its lowest scoring output since February 17, 2006 as GU toppled VCU, 57-43 on Sunday afternoon. The Blue and Gray upped its record to 6-2 while VCU fell to 7-1.
Georgetown improved to 4-0 when three Hoyas score in double figures and GU rallied from a one-point halftime deficit.
Hoya senior Kieraah Marlow (Coatesville, Pa./Coatesville) finished with a game-high 14 points despite playing just four minutes in the first half due to foul trouble. Senior center Aminata Diop (Saint-Louis, Senegal/Ameth Fall) netted 12 points while sophomore Jaleesa Butler tallied 10 points in her first career start.
"VCU has great post players so one of our goal was to contain what they got in the post," said fourth-year Georgetown head coach Terri Williams-Flournoy. "I think we played enough team defense to achieve our goal. Today was a total team effort.
"We really stepped up our defense in the second half which allowed us to get some easy baskets," said Williams-Flournoy. "Jaleesa (Butler) and Shanice (Fuller) gave us good efforts today and we finished when we got good looks."
Marlow, Georgetown's leading scorer, went to the bench at the 17:47 mark of the first half with two personal fouls. VCU went on a mini 9-2 run over the next eight minutes for an 11-6 lead with 12 minutes to go. The Hoyas battled and scored on consecutive jumpers from junior Brina Pollack (Marlboro, N.J./Marlboro) and Diop as Georgetown climbed to within 13-10 with 10 minutes to go in the half. The teams combined for 22 turnovers in the first half as VCU held a 22-21 lead at the break. It marked the fourth time that the Blue and Gray trailed at intermission.
The Hoyas executed a full court press for the majority of the second half, giving the game a frenetic pace.
Butler scored six of Georgetown's first eight points of the second period as the home team took a 29-26 lead with 17:09 to play. The Hoyas would not relinquish the lead the rest of the way. GU went on a 9-2 run of its own over a stretch of six minutes for a 38-29 advantage with 10:46 to go.
Fuller hit a jumper with 3:40 to go to extend the Hoya lead to 48-38. Fuller finished with six points, three rebounds and a season-high five steals.
Pollack added seven points and a season-high five steals.
Georgetown shot 43 percent from the floor (21-48) while VCU connected on 29 percent of its shots (15-51).
VCU's Krystal Vaughn notched her 14 points, while Quanitra Hollingsworth pulled down a game-high nine rebounds.
Georgetown plays the second game of its three-game homestand on Thursday, December 20 when the Hoyas host Loyola Marymount at 7:30 inside McDonough Arena.