Jaleesa Butler (L) and Kenya Kirkland (R) helped the Hoyas to a 78-58 win over Furman in Sunday's Hokie Hardwood Classic consolation game.
Dec. 30, 2007
Blacksburg, Va. - Four Georgetown University women's basketball players scored in double figures and the Hoyas led wire-to-wire in toppling Furman, 78-58 in the consolation game of the Hokie Hardwood Classic on Sunday afternoon. Georgetown improves to 9-3 on the year, which is the best start for a GU squad under fourth-year head coach Terri Williams-Flournoy.
GU had four players in double figures for the second time this season.
Senior Kieraah Marlow (Coatesville, Pa./Coatesville) led the Hoyas in scoring for the ninth time this season with 18 points while junior guard Brina Pollack (Marlboro, N.J./Marlboro) netted 14 points and handed out six assists, one shy of a career-high.
Freshman Monica McNutt (Suitland, Md./Academy of the Holy Cross) scored 11 points to go along with 10 points off the bench for sophomore Meredith Cox (Hanover, Pa./Delone Catholic). Junior transfer Krystle Hatton (St. Louis, Mo./St. Louis University) tallied eight points and matched a career-high with nine rebounds in her second career start.
The Hoyas raced out to a 9-0 lead through the first five minutes despite shooting just 5-15 from the floor.
GU held a 24-16 advantage with eight minutes to go in the half and Hoyas recorded 16 of their first 24 points from the paint. Georgetown's full court pressure forced Furman into 3-15 shooting over the game's first 13 minutes. Eight of Furman's 16 points to start the game were from the free throw line.
The Hoyas led 14-9 with 1:44 to go in the half but made eight of their next 11 shots over a seven- minute span to extend the GU lead to 30-17 with 4:54 to go. Two Marlow free throws upped the Georgetown advantage to 41-22 with 35 seconds to go.
Georgetown finished the first half shooting 50 percent from the floor (17-34) and held a 43-26 lead at the break, the third biggest halftime lead of the season for the Hoyas. Seven of the 10 players that saw action in the first half scored at least three points. Furman finished the first half connecting on just 5-29 field goals (17%).
The Hoyas never led by fewer than 18 points in the second half.
Furman (4-8), who was selected to finish ninth in the ten-team Southern Conference, received 13 points from senior guard Chrissy Phelps
It was the first-ever meeting between the schools.
Georgetown has now posted a 1-1 record in the four in-season tournaments under Williams-Flournoy.
Georgetown hits the court again in its final non-conference game of the year on Friday, January 4 when the Hoyas host Brown University inside McDonough Arena at 7:30 p.m.
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