Khara Smith Leads DePaul Over Georgetown
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Khara Smith’s 24 points and 18 rebounds led DePaul to a 64-58 win over Georgetown at McDonough Arena on Wednesday night. In the process, Smith became DePaul’s all-time leading rebounder as she finished the evening with 1,274 career boards. The 17-year old record was previously held by Diana Vines who collected 1,269 rebounds from 1985-89.
Smith opened the first half with a three-point play and ended the period with a three-point play to push DePaul to a 31-25 lead at halftime. Smith put together a strong first period as she led the Blue Demons with 12 points and eight rebounds.
Georgetown jumped out to a 6-0 lead before Smith’s game-opening three-point play sparked a seven-point flurry for the Blue Demons.
Holly Medley hit DePaul’s first three-pointer of the game with 12:32 on the clock for a 14-10 advantage. Medley’s trifecta started a 14-5 run that saw DePaul leading, 26-15, with 5:32 left in the opening period.
The Hoyas held DePaul (21-5, 8-5 BIG EAST) scoreless for nearly five minutes as they closed the deficit to five points at 28-23. Rachael Carney ended the run with a jumper from the right wing. Smith closed the half with the three-point play before Kieraah Marlow hit a pair of free throws with one-tenth of a second on the clock for the 31-25 halftime score.
Georgetown (10-13, 3-9 BIG EAST) opened the second half with seven straight points and took a 32-31 lead on a Marlow jumper. Medley hit her second three of the game just under four minutes into the second half before Kristin Heidloff answered with a three of her own.
On DePaul’s next possession, Rachael Carney gave the Blue Demons the lead for good on a bucket from behind the arc as the visitors scored 10 consecutive points.
The Hoyas wouldn’t go away as back-to-back three’s by Kate Carlin and a layup by Marlow brought Georgetown to within a point at 53-52 with 5:37 left in the game.
Three minutes later, Smith hit a short jumper for a four-point lead. Another Smith jumper and free throws by Erin and Rachael Carney sealed the game for the Blue Demons. Heidloff hit her third three-pointer of the evening with 21 seconds left for the 64-58 final. Heidloff’s basket was the only field goal for the Hoyas in the final 5:37.
Smith went 11-for-18 from the field and was the only Blue Demon in double-figures. In the last two games, the All-American has totaled 27 rebounds. She grabbed a career-high 19 boards against Notre Dame on Sunday. Erin Cattell and Medley finished with eight points each while Rachael Carney added seven points.
Georgetown was led by Marlow with 22 points and 10 rebounds while Carlin finished the game with 12 points on 4-of-6 shooting from three-point range.
Up next for the Blue Demons is a Saturday night meeting with St. John’s. Tipoff at the DePaul Athletic Center is 7 p.m.