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If anyone thought it was a home court advantage type blowout, 103-70, in January when Georgetown College women's basketball routed University of Rio Grande, the No. 17 Tigers disproved that Thursday at Rio.
GC (20-8, 12-4) finished off the Mid-South Conference regular season with a splash in a 105-69 win against the RedStorm (17-12, 6-9).
The Tigers started off blazing - knocking down eight threes in the first half and a 58-31 lead. They did not hit another one all night, finishing 8-of-17.
Senior Jessica Waddle poured in 20 of her game-high 24 points before the break. Devon Golden tallied 17 of her 19 points in the first 20 as well, helping GC to such a fast start. Six Tigers in all reached double digits as Andrea Howard had 14, Mikkah Rogers 12, and Gina Beining and Chelsey Johnson each added 10.
Beining also accomplished another feat early Thursday. With her first rebound, the Ottoville native collected her 500th for the Orange & Black. She moved into the top 20 of all-time rebounders at Georgetown, edging out former teammate Emily Drees. Beining sits at 503 for her career after Thursday. Katie Columbus is the next above her on the all-time list with 525.
The win gives Georgetown its first 20-win season since the 2007-08 team's 23-10 mark, which was also the last one to win the conference tournament and make the national tournament.
"This was a good win to finish the conference season," said GC coach Andrea McCloskey. "This is our second 100-point breaking game. That's always nice to see our offense clicking so well, especially on the road. But we still have a lot of work ahead of us and a lot of goals we want to accomplish."
Georgetown will finish at West Virginia Tech Saturday with a 2 pm tip, then the MSC tournament gets underway next Thursday in Frankfort. The women's national tournament will begin March 14 also in Frankfort.