Jan. 7, 2008
Washington, D.C. - The Georgetown University women's basketball team (10-3) opens BIG EAST play at Cincinnati on Tuesday night, January 8, 2008 inside Fifth Third Arena. Tip-off is set for 7:30 p.m. with live stats available via www.guhoyas.com.
Georgetown has won two straight and five of its last six games.
Georgetown has started the season 10-3 overall for the first time under fourth year head coach Terri Williams-Flournoy. Through the season's first 13 games, the Blue and Gray has accumulated its best statistics - a 45.7 percent field goal percentage, 16.0 assists per game, scoring offense (67.9) and scoring defense (52.9) - under Coach Flournoy.
The Hoyas have started the season 6-0 at home for the first time since the 1996-97 campaign.
Hoyas in the Series vs. Cincinnati ... Cincinnati has won all four of the previous meetings with the Hoyas. UC and GU played a home-and-home series in each of the last two seasons. The Bearcats have won its two home games vs. the Hoyas by an average of 20.5 points.
Georgetown will play its home-and-home vs. Syracuse in 2007-08.
Hoya seniors Kieraah Marlow and Kristen Heidloff (Chicago, Ill./Fenwick) have both played well in the four games vs. Cincinnati. Marlow is averaging 17.5 points and 7.2 rebounds while Heidloff is averaging 7.5 points and 3.5 assists per game.
Fast Breaks ...Georgetown ranks third in the BIG EAST and 16th in the nation in scoring defense, allowing just 52.9 points per game. The Hoyas have held seven opponents to under 53 points.
-- GU has had a higher field goal percentage than its opponent in 12 of the 13 games this season. Georgetown has also shot 50 percent or better in a half on 11 different occasions and finished a game shooting better than 50 percent three times.
-- Sophomore guard Shanice Fuller (Chesapeake, Va./Indian River) has 30 assists vs. just 12 turnovers in the last six games. Fuller ranks seventh in the BIG EAST with 4.1 assists per game.
-- Senior co-captain and leading scorer Kieraah Marlow (Coatesville, Pa./Coatesville) connected on her 500th career field goal last time out vs. Brown. She's made 45.9 percent of the field goals over her career (500-1090). She became the seventh member of the Hoya program to knock down at least 500 FG's.
Marlow Continues to Lead the Hoya Attack ... Senior forward Kieraah Marlow now ranks sixth on the school's all-time list in scoring (1,433 career points) and fifth in rebounding (721). Marlow, who earned All-BIG EAST Second Team honors in each of the last two seasons, is one of four Hoya players to rank in the school's top 10 in both categories.
The Coatesville, Pa. native has tallied double figures 77 times in her career. Her 28 career double-doubles ranks third among active BIG EAST players and she ranks seventh in the league in scoring (16.5 ppg). She's led the team in scoring in nine of the team's 13 games this season.
Butler Playing with Loads of Confidence ... Sophomore forward Jaleesa Butler has really come in during her sophomore season. Butler had her first career double-double with 10 points and 12 rebounds at Towson. Against East Tennessee State, Butler had her second career double-double with 12 points and 11 boards.
The St. Louis, Mo. native ranks second on the team with 6.7 rebounds per game and ranks third on the squad with 8.5 points. Butler posted the best offensive game of her career with 20 points and nine field goals vs. Loyola Marymount.
Since entering the starting lineup six games ago, Butler is averaging 12.8 points and 7.0 rebounds and connecting on 51 percent of her field goals.
McNutt Is On a Tear ... Freshman Monica McNutt (Suitland, Md./Acad. of the Holy Cross) came off the bench and averaged 13.0 points on 55 percent shooting 2.5 blocks and 1.5 steals in the Hokie Hardwood Classic at Virgnia tech.
McNutt set new career-highs with 15 points and three three-pointers in the loss vs. East Carolina before netting 11 points to go along with three treys, three steals and three blocks in 20 minutes in the win over Furman.
McNutt, who was named Washington Post Honorable Mention All-Met during her days at the Academy of the Holy Cross, scored 26 points over that weekend after scoring 23 points through the team's first 10 games.
McNutt posted 12 points on 5-10 shooting and two steals last time out vs. Brown.
McNutt is coming off the bench and averaging 12.7 points on 56 percent shooting (15-28), including 8-15 from three point land in the last three games. McNutt is also averaging 3.0 blocks and 3.0 steals during the span.
Scouting the Bearcats ... Cincinnati enters the game with a 9-4 overall record, 0-1 in BIG EAST play after the Bearcats fell, 54-43 at Seton Hall on Saturday.
Four players, Jill Stephens (16.1 ppg), Kahla Roudebush (15.9), Tenishia Benson (12.2) and Carla Jacobs (11.3) are averaging double figures.
UC first-year head coach J. Kelley Hall is one win shy of his 300th career win. He has compiled a 95-66 record at the Division I level.