Georgetown Uses Second Half To Pull Away From Women's Hoops
BALTIMORE - The Loyola University Maryland women's basketball team trailed Georgetown by two at halftime, but the Hoyas used a second-half run Thursday night to pull away with a 72-54 victory at Reitz Arena.
Sophomore Stephanie Karcz led the Greyhounds (1-2 overall) with 17 points, while senior CaLee Gelbaugh contributed a personal-best 13 points and four assists. Junior Madelene McDonald and freshman Delaney Connolly led the charge on the boards, each recording eight rebounds.
For Georgetown (2-0), Cynthia Petke had a double-double of 17 points and 13 rebounds.
Loyola's defense started hot, as the Greyhounds allowed just four points through the first four minutes of play, while Gelbaugh made the most of her first collegiate start, pouring in six points to secure a five-point advantage for the Greyhounds, 7-2, at the 6:03 mark.
Gelbaugh answered Georgetown's pair of free throws with a jumper at the 5:21 mark and, although the Hoyas worked to tie the game at 9-9 with 3:37 to play, Karcz took over after that. The sophomore scored six of the game's next 10 points, sparking an 8-2 run for the Greyhounds that pushed them back ahead six, at 17-11.
Loyola held onto its lead up until the 1:40 mark of the second quarter, when the Hoyas pulled even at 32-32. Karcz's layup regained a brief lead for the Greyhounds, but Georgetown knocked in five-straight points to take its first lead, 37-34, since making the first basket of the game. Karcz's free throw closed out the first half scoring and moved Loyola within two of Georgetown at the break, at 37-35.
McDonald tied the game for a fourth time, at 37-37, by starting the second-half scoring with a layup. Georgetown answered with nine-straight points though and worked its lead to as many as 14, 55-41, with 2:14 to play in the third quarter.
Delaney Connolly entered the contest and knocked down a 3-pointer and Gelbaugh followed it up with a short jumper to force Georgetown to call a timeout with a 55-46 lead and 1:20 on the clock.
The Hoyas hit a 3-pointer out of the break though, and they would not relinquish their double-digit advantage through the remainder of the contest, pulling away for a 72-54 victory.
Loyola will embark on a five-game road swing that will first send the Greyhounds to #16/19 Marquette on Sunday. Tipoff is scheduled for 4 p.m. ET at Al McGuire Center.