Dec. 29, 2007
Blacksburg, Va. - Gabriela Husarova's three-pointer from the corner with 54 seconds remaining lifted East Carolina to a 61-60 victory over the Georgetown University women's basketball team in the first game of the Hokie Hardwood Classic on Saturday afternoon. The Hoyas had a three-game winning streak snapped and fell to 8-3 on the season.
Georgetown senior Kieraah Marlow (Coatesville, Pa./Coatesville) collected her 27th career double-double and third "double" of the season with 19 points and 10 rebounds while freshman Monica McNutt (Suitland, Md./Academy of the Holy Cross) posted career bests with 15 points and three three-pointers.
Junior Brina Pollack (Marlboro, N.J./Marlboro) recorded 11 points, four assists and three rebounds while sophomore Jaleesa Butler (St. Louis, Mo./Alton, [Ill.]) finished with eight points, six rebounds, three steals and three blocks.
Georgetown lost for the first time this season when holding the lead at the half.
GU shot 52 percent from the floor in the first half vs. ECU's 31 percent and took a 30-22 lead into intermission. It marked the eighth time this season that the Hoyas had made 50 percent of their field goals in a half and the third time that they accomplished the feat in the opening period.
The game got off to a sloppy start with the teams combining for 12 turnovers. East Carolina (6-6) jumped out to a 9-2 lead at the 15:39 mark before Georgetown tied the score at 14-14 on a McNutt transition layup after a Shanice Fuller (Chesapeake, Va./Indian River) steal and assist at 7:38. The Hoyas took their first lead, 17-14 at 6:41 when McNutt connected on a three-pointer from the wing.
Two consecutive buckets from Butler gave GU a 23-18 lead with 3:04 to go in the half.
Georgetown held ECU to just one field goal over the final 5:39 of the first half and the Hoyas extended their lead to 30-22 at halftime. It was the seventh time that Georgetown held the lead at the break.
ECU started the second half 10-13 from the floor to take a 46-44 lead at the 9:57 mark.
The game was tied at 46-46 with 9:38 to go but Georgetown managed five field goals the rest of the way
Fuller hit a jumper for the Blue and Gray from the top of the key to tie the game at 58-58 with 2:23 left.
The teams missed on the next four consecutive trips down the floor before ECU hit the game-winning basket. East Carolina worked the ball around and Jasmine Young found Husarova in the far corner for the winning field goal.
It was the first-ever meeting between the schools.
In her first career start, GU junior transfer Krystle Hatton (St. Louis, Mo./Hazelwood East) finished with four rebounds, a career-high four blocks to go along with two steals.
The Hoyas will take on Furman on Sunday, December 30 at 1 p.m. Furman lost to Virginia Tech, 82-49 in game two of the Hokie Hardwood Classic on Saturday.