Dec. 31, 1997
Villanova Defeated by Georgetown
In women's basketball action at The Pavilion, the Georgetown Hoyas defeated the Villanova Wildcats, 69-54. With the win, Georgetown improves to 4-5 overall and 1-1 in Big East play, while Villanova falls to 7-4 overall and 1-2 in conference play.
With the score tied at 4-4, Georgetown tallied seven straight points to take an 11-4 lead with 14:42 left in the first half. The Georgetown spurt was led by Kim Gallon who had a three-point play and Sylita Thomas who hit two short jumpers. After the Wildcats cut the lead to 11-9, the Hoyas came back quickly with eight consecutive points to increase the lead to 19-11.
Georgetown would open its largest lead of the half at 28-17 at the 4:11 mark. From that point, the Wildcats went on a 10-2 run to cut the lead to 30-27 at halftime. Villanova's run was highlighted by senior guard Jenny Higgins who nailed two-straight three-point field goals.
After each team traded baskets to begin the half, the Hoyas used a mini-spurt to take a 38-31 advantage at the 17:08 mark. Both teams would play even for the next 10 minutes, before Georgetown would increase its lead to 57-45 with 7:31 to play. From that point on, Georgetown would hold the Wildcats to just nine points the rest of the way and cruise to the victory.
Georgetown, who shot 50.9% for the game, was led by Thomas who tallied game-highs of 18 points and 12 rebounds and Gallon who netted 17 points. In the win, Gallon became the 15th Hoya in school history to score 1,000 career points.
Leading the way for Villanova was senior Jenn Beisel who registered 14 points and five rebounds. Higgins was the only other Wildcat to score double figures, as she finished with 11 points. Point guard Shanette Lee added eight points and eight assists.