WASHINGTON -- Angel McCoughtry was everywhere for the Louisville Cardinals in the first half Saturday.
Louisville's career scoring and rebounding leader had the Cardinals' first 11 points and the final eight points of the half in a 74-58 win against Georgetown. She bettered her season average of 20.9 points a game by halftime, when she had 24 points.
She also led the team on defense, with four steals -- all in the first half. She entered the game leading the nation in steals with 4.6 per game.
McCoughtry didn't have the same impact in the second half, finishing with 28 points, but she didn't need to as Louisville (No. 11 ESPN/USA Today, No. 7 AP) cruised to the victory.
"She did a really good job of scoring within the offense," Louisville coach Jeff Walz said. "She forced up a shot or two along the way, but for the most part I thought she really handled herself well, and she's an explosive scorer."
Louisville (18-1, 5-0 Big East) has the best mark in the conference.
"It's really good, because last year we were 0-3 and that wasn't a good feeling at all," McCoughtry said. "It feels good my last year to do something great, and we want to continue."
McCoughtry was the main source of offense for Louisville, but the Cardinals didn't really pull away from Georgetown (12-5, 2-2) until her teammates got involved.
Keshia Hines was the first Louisville player besides McCoughtry to score eight minutes into the game, and the Cardinals then went on a 17-2 run -- with McCoughtry contributing five of the points -- to take a 30-13 lead with about 5½ minutes left in the first half.
McCoughtry took over the offense again and closed out the half, giving the Cardinals a 42-21 halftime lead.
The Cardinals' offense slowed down in the second half -- especially McCoughtry, who made a pair of free throws with 18:25 left in the game and did not score again until a jumper with 3:57 left.
"To hold her to four points in the second half, I don't know what happened," Georgetown coach Terri Williams-Flournoy said. "She just started missing -- the basket got a little tighter."
It was the first home loss of the season for the Hoyas. Karee Houlette led Georgetown with 15 points. Jaleesa Butler scored 14 and Monica McNutt had 10.
Louisville missed its first six shots in the second half, and had only one field goal in the first nine minutes after halftime.
"We came out a little slow, but we found a way to pick it up," Hines said.
While Louisville's second-half shooting dropped off, the Cardinals kept their large lead at the free throw line. Louisville was 26-for-31 from the stripe in the game, including a 12-for-12 in the first half.
Hines -- who was shooting 46.7 percent on free throws coming in -- led the way with an 8-for-9 performance. Hines was also 5-of-6 from the field.
"For her to step up and hit free throws was big," Walz said. "Hopefully she'll get some confidence from that."
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