Georgetown Women's Basketball Hosts Loyola Marymount on Thursday Night
Dec. 19, 2007
Washington, D.C. - The Georgetown University women's basketball team plays the second game in its three-game homestand on Thursday night, December 20 when the Hoyas hit the floor against Loyola Marymount (7-5). Tip-off is slated for 7:30 p.m. with Chuck Timanus and Dana Simonelli calling the action for HoyaVision which is available via www.guhoyas.com.
Georgetown will be looking to start the season 4-0 at home for the second time since Terri Williams-Flournoy took over the reigns (2005-06).
The Blue and Gray played just two games over a 16-day stretch but are now playing three home games this week. GU will conclude the three-game homestand vs. East. Tennessee State on Saturday at 1 p.m.
Hoyas in the Series vs. LMU ... Thursday's game will mark the first-ever meeting between the schools.
Fast Breaks ... When at least three players score in double figures, the Hoyas are 5-0.
-- Georgetown ranks fifth in the BIG EAST and 19th in the nation in scoring defense, allowing just 52.8 points per game.
-- 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. Sophomore guard Shanice Fuller (Chesapeake, Va./Indian River) netted 11 free throws in the win which is the second-best mark by a BIG EAST player this season (Monique McLean, SJU - 13 vs N.C. State).
-- Georgetown is 5-0 when they outrebound their opponent.
-- GU has had a higher field goal percentage than its opponent in seven of the eight games this season.
-- Georgetown held a 55-21 halftime lead at Fordham. The 55 points is the biggest single-half scoring output in the Terri Williams-Flournoy era.
-- In seven of the team's eight games, the starting five has been the same - Kristin Heidloff (Chicago, Ill./Fenwick), Brina Pollack (Marlboro, N.J./Marlboro) and Kenya Kirkland (Brooklyn, N.Y./Grand Street Campus) at the guards, Kieraah Marlow (Coatesville, Pa./Coatesville) at forward and Aminata Diop (Saint-Louis, Senegal/Ameth Fall) at center. Sophomore Jaleesa Butler (St. Louis, Mo./Alton[Ill.]) earned her first career start vs. VCU to give GU a little taller front line when Butler replaced Kristin Heidloff.
-- 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. In the last five games, Diop is averaging 11.8 points on 57 percent shooting (27-47) to go along with 5.3 rebounds.
Scouting LMU ... Loyola Marymount (7-5) is coming off an 85-46 loss at No. 22 George Washington on Tuesday afternoon.
LMU was selected fourth in the eight-team West Coast Conference (WCC) preseason poll.
Amanda DeCoud is the only player averaging double figures (10.9 ppg). Seven players are averaging at least 19.5 minutes per game. DeCoud was selected as the WCC Defender of the Year last season.
The Lions finished the 2006-07 season 19-12 overall, 9-5 in the WCC and fell to Gonzaga in the WCC Championship Game, one win shy of the NCAA Tournament.