Dec. 20, 2007
Washington, D.C. - Jaleesa Butler (St. Louis, Mo., [Alton, Ill.]) scored a career-high 20 points in just her second career start and the Georgetown University women's basketball team outscored Loyola Marymount, 40-8 in the paint as the Hoyas raced past the Lions, 75-49 on Thursday night. Georgetown improved to 4-0 at home and GU has now allowed less than 50 points in three of its last four games.
Hoyas senior Kieraah Marlow (Coatesville, Pa./Coatesville) tallied her 26th career double-double with 15 points and 12 rebounds while junior transfer Karee Houlette (Houston, Texas/Panola J.C.) came off the bench and matched a career-best with 11 points in just 19 minutes.
Georgetown connected on 53 percent of its field goals and has now shot better than 50 percent from the floor on three different occasions. The Hoyas start the season 7-2 for the second consecutive year.
The Blue and Gray got out to a 13-0 lead, making four of their first five field goals. LMU drained five of their first nine three-pointers and the Lions took its first lead, 21-20, at the seven minute mark of the first half.
The Hoyas immediately responded with a 7-0 run and extended their hot streak into 21-7 run to restore a 13-point bulge, 41-28 advantage with 1:13 to go in the opening period.
Marlow had 13 first half points while Butler and classmate Kenya Kirkland (Brooklyn, N.Y./Grand Street Campus) had six points apiece. Georgetown shot 54 percent in the first half against LMU's 38 percent.
The Hoyas extended their lead to 51-36 at the 15:05 mark of the second half with Butler scoring four of the team's firs five buckets. Loyola Marymount would not get closer than 13 points the rest of the way.
"We got off to a great start tonight before we started to rush some things and got a little impatient," said fourth-year Georgetown head coach Terri Williams-Flournoy. "We settled down and began to execute our offense which made us more comfortable going into halftime (41-31 lead).
"Jaleesa (Butler) is playing with so much confidence," said Williams-Flournoy. "Her teammates feed off her enthusiasm. As a team, we're executing and making the layup opportunities that we're creating for ourselves. Our defense, too, is creating some easy scoring opportunites."
The Hoyas have a quick turnaround and conclude a three-game homestand hosting East Tennessee State on Saturday, December 22 at 1 p.m.