Georgetown Women's Basketball Looks to Extend Five-Game Win Streak; Take on Penn State on Sunday Afternoon
Dec. 8, 2007
Washington, D.C. - After losing its season opener at Hampton, 52-50 more than a month ago, the Georgetown University women's basketball team has won five straight games and looks to continue its winning ways on Sunday afternoon, December 9, 2007 against Penn State. Tip-off is slated for 3 p.m. with Mike Crispino and Theresa Grentz calling the action on the Big Ten Network. Live stats from Bryce Jordan Center can been seen at www.guhoyas.com.
Georgetown will be looking to improve to 6-1 for the first time under fourth-year head coach Terri Williams-Flournoy.
During the Hoyas' five-game win streak, Georgetown: is shooting 49.1 percent from the floor ... has a +10 rebounding margin ... is outscoring its opponents, 75.2 - 54.2.
Flournoy Returns to Happy Valley ...It will be a homecoming of sorts for Hoya head coach Terri Williams-Flournoy, as she played for the Lady Lions from 1987-1991. During her playing days, Williams-Flournoy's PSU teams averaged 22 wins per season and finished the 1990-91 campaign with a No. 9 national ranking in the final poll of the season. She was a part of three NCAA Tournament teams and helped the 1990-91 squad to a 29-2 record.
Hoyas in the Series vs. Penn State ...Penn State leads the all-time series, 2-1. The Lady Lions won 84-56 on Feb. 5, 1982 and 52-44 last season in Washington, D.C. Georgetown's victory came in a NCAA Second Round matchup when GU won, 68-67 here in University Park. GU head coach Terri Williams-Flournoy was a Hoya assistant coach that season and current Georgetown assistant Niki Reid Geckeler was a starting guard for the Hoyas.
Fast Breaks ... The Hoyas knocked down 25 free throws in the win at Towson. The 25 made foul shots ties for the best mark so far this season by a BIG EAST Conference member.
-- The Hoyas open the season playing five of their first seven games on the road and conclude the stretch on Sunday at Penn State.
-- Georgetown is 5-0 when they outrebound their opponent while the Hoyas have had a better field-goal percentage than its opponent in all six games this season.
-- Georgetown held a 55-21 halftime lead at Fordham on Thursday night. The 55 points is the biggest single-half scoring output in the Terri Williams-Flournoy era.
-- Junior guard Kristin Heidloff ranks third on the school's all-time list with a career three-point field goal percentage of .367 (133-362). Heidloff is 11-20 from long range so far this season. Her 129 career three-pointers ranks sixth all-time in Georgetown annals. She is six treys shy of tying Kate Carlin (139) for fifth place all-time. Heidloff leads the BIG EAST in three-point field-goal percentage (55%).
-- Senior forward Kieraah Marlow now has 1,323 career points and ranks seventh on the school's all-time scoring list. Marlow, who earned All-BIG EAST Second Team honors in each of the last two seasons, is one four Hoya players to rank on the school's top 10 lists in both scoring and rebounding. The Coatesville, Pa. native has tallied double figures 70 times in her career. Her 25 career double-doubles ranks third among active BIG EAST players and she ranks fifth in the league in scoring (17.3 ppg).
-- In her first three career starts, all this season, guard Brina Pollack recorded a career-high 12 points each time. Pollack, a transfer from Purdue, was limited to just 13 games last season due to injuries. In the season's first six games, the Marlboro, N.J. native is leading the team with 26.0 minutes per game and ranks second on the squad in scoring(9.3 ppg) and second on the team and seventh in the league in field goal percentage (55%).
-- Sophomore Kenya Kirkland played in 21 games a season ago and was in the starting lineup in the season's final two games. Kirkland, who earned the team's Hustle Award following her freshman year, was in the starting lineup in the team's first six games this season and hauled in a career-high six rebounds at Gardner-Webb. The Brooklyn native, who will most often get the nod to guard the opponent's best scorer, tallied career-highs with nine points, four field goals and four steals at Towson.
-- Senior 6-5 center Aminata Diop, a transfer from Southeastern Illinois J.C., averaged 6.1points and 5.3 rebounds a year ago in her first season in the Blue and Gray. The native of Senegal, on the western coast of Africa, hit 45 percent of her field goals and notched two double-doubles last season. Diop, who speaks four languages, English, French, Dutch and Wolof (native to Senegal) had her third career double-double with 17 points and 11 rebounds vs. Navy. She ranks 13th in the BIG EAST, making 55 percent of her field goals.
-- Sophomore forward Jaleesa Butler has been a nice boost in the post through the first six games. Butler had her first career double-double with 10 points and 12 rebounds at Towson last Thursday. The St. Louis, Mo. native is averaging a team-best 6.8 rebounds to go along with 4.8 points. Butler set then career-highs with 10 points, nine rebounds and five field goals in the win at Gardner-Webb. At GWU, Butler went 5-5 from the floor in the game's first nine minutes. She's led the team in rebounds three times, all in a reserve role.
-- Sophomore Meredith Cox saw her first action of the season at Gardner-Webb. Cox recorded eight points and grabbed a career-high seven rebounds in 21 minutes off the bench. Cox had a season-high 12 points on five field goals and two treys at Fordham. Thirty five of her 45 made field goals a year ago were from three-point land.
-- The Hoyas were given some terrific news during the second week of November. Georgetown's recruiting class was ranked sixth in the nation by Mike Flynn's Blue Star Report and 18th nationally by HoopGurlz.com. It marks Coach Flournoy's first top 10 recruiting class.
Scouting Penn State ... Penn State is 6-3 under first year head coach Coquese Washington. The Lady Lions won five of their first six games before dropping two of their last three. PSU is 5-0 at home this season.
Four players are averaging double figures. Tyra Grant and Mashea Williams are both averaging 14 points per game.