Women's Basketball - Sat, Feb. 4, 2012
A pair of seniors and a sophomore helped the No. 18
Tigers (17-7, 9-3) shrug off a hungry University of Virginia College at Wise
team, 96-85. The win keeps them firmly in third in the Mid-South Conference
standings. Campbellsville is in fourth at 6-5, two and a half back from GC.
All the stats seemed to be in Georgetown College women's
basketball team's favor at the half, but it held just a 47-43 edge over the
Cavaliers (5-19, 1-12).
In the end GC was too much offensively and defensively. Senior
Gina Beining recorded her second double-double of her college career, while
Mikkah Rogers continued to have the hot hand from deep. Andrea Howard was
one-point shy of her career high with 33 Saturday, helping thwart Kristin
Mullins 29 point effort.
Every time in the opening 20 minutes GC seemed to be
opening the game up, Mullins stepped up with a big shot in the lane or from
deep with the defense all over her. The only stat Wise led in at the break was
field goal percentage, blistering the nets at 51.5 percent. Georgetown was not far
off that at 42.9 percent.
Beining hit the glass hard, garnering six offensive
boards. She had 11 overall and finished with 15 points. A stick back early in
the second half gave the Tigers a 10 point edge.
"Gina is just so strong and plays so smart," said GC
coach Andrea McCloskey. "She got out of rhythm a bit Thursday night, and I
think she came back much more focused today. Not only did she have her points
and rebounds, which we need from the post position, but she had the vision to
see the floor for five assists. She had a great game."
Wise trimmed the deficit back down to five twice and were
down six when Rogers re-entered the game.
The senior is hitting 46.4 percent from deep this season.
She knocked down two bombs and a field goal for all eight of her points in a
17-9 run for a 14 point cushion heading down the stretch.
"Mikkah had a tough first half. She didn't play much and
made a few turnovers," McCloskey said. "But she is probably her toughest
critic, and I knew she would be ready to go in whenever I needed her. She
supplied a spark there for us."
The Cavs never got any closer than 10 points after that
Dev King and Jessica Waddle also scored in double-digits
for the Tigers, each finishing with 10. Lizza Jonas had 10 boards. Wise's Amber
Carter had 16 points and Ayla Young had 14. GC was able to keep Chelsea
Cluesman, who averages 17.4 points per game and a conference high 9.5 rebounds
per game, to just four points and two rebounds.
The Tigers have a week to prepare for a trip to Shawnee
State next Saturday. They are a game and a half back of the No. 11 Bears (21-4,
11-2) in conference play.