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Basketball action continues to heat up as the first half of conference play will wrap up this week. Georgetown College will host University of Rio Grande in two important matchups Thursday. The women will tip-off at 6 pm with the men to follow at 8 pm.
On the men's side, the RedStorm is 2-4, breaking through with their first conference win ever over University of the Cumberlands two weeks ago.
"This is a dangerous team," said GC coach Chris Briggs. "Since restarting league play two weeks ago, Rio has been in all of its games down to the wire, even controlling the game against Lindsey before losing.
"Coming off our loss to Lindsey, we need to see our guys focused and play for the full 40 minutes. The Redstorm won't quit and have several shooting threats that we will have to watch."
The No. 7 Tigers (15-3, 6-1) sit atop the MSC, a half-game ahead of the Blue Raiders (13-4, 5-1). Below them are a pair of .500 teams in Cumberlands (10-6, 3-3) and St. Catharine (7-7, 3-3). University of Pikeville and University of Virginia College at Wise have a 3-4 record, Campbellsville is tied with Rio with a 2-4 mark and Shawnee State rounds out the group with a 2-5 record.
GC and Shawnee will each play Rio this week, while the rest of the conference has two MSC opponents to play.
On the women's side, No. 18 Georgetown is right above Rio in league standings, tied for second with Shawnee State. The Tigers are 5-2, coming off back-to-back losses on the road this past week - No. 8 Cumberlands and No. 20 Lindsey Wilson College. The RedStorm, which is receiving votes in the national poll, is 4-2 in the MSC and will be looking to continue a three-game winning streak.
"We had a tough week this past week against some of the best our conference has to offer," said GC coach Andrea McCloskey. "Now the real test is how we respond. We have another lofty opponent in Rio coming in Thursday. The RedStorm are on a roll, which started with a win over Lindsey Wilson.
"Our conference is one of the toughest in the country this year. We have five teams ranked in the Top 25 and two more receiving votes. We only have nine total teams. That's amazing when you can say almost 80 percent of our teams are receiving national recognition."
The Tigers are 6-1 at home this season, and have already beat two ranked conference opponents inside the friendly confines of Davis-Reid Alumni Gym (then No. 8 Campbellsville and then No. 9 Shawnee State). GC's only loss at home was to Xavier, which was No. 16 then and now.
GC and SSU are behind Cumberlands, while Rio and Campbellsville sit right behind tied for fourth. LWC is in sixth with a 3-3 league record. St. Catharine is 2-4, while Wise and Pikeville are both 0-7.