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Women's Basketball - Thu, Mar. 8, 2012

Georgetown College women's basketball is set to return to the National Tournament for the first time since 2007-08. The Tigers finished with a No. 19 ranking nationally and a seventh at-large bid for a No. 5 seed in next week's tournament.

GC will tip off against Vanguard (CA) at 5:45 pm in Frankfort. This is the first of a four-year contract between the NAIA and the Civic Center to host the national tournament event. This is the third overall location for the women's tournament, which has spent the past 22 years in Jackson, TN.

"We are excited but not satisfied with getting into the tournament," said GC coach Andrea McCloskey. "We had a tough conference tournament that left us very hungry coming into this tournament. Vanguard is a solid team out of the west and it should be a very good first round game."

The Tigers are currently 21-9, but did struggle at times on the road this season. They finished 6-5 outside Davis-Reid Alumni Gym and 3-3 on neutral courts.

However, at times Frankfort can seem like a home environment for Georgetown and is a court with which the Tigers are very familiar.

Leading scorer Andrea Howard has not played there much in college, but did play numerous games at the Civic Center during her high school days at Franklin County High School. All the other players have had at least one game in the open court arena.

Vanguard is 23-6 on the season and won six of its last seven games. The Lions have two scorers averaging double-digits and average 68.7 points per game, while allowing just 56.8.

The Tigers Howard and Jessica Waddle average double figure scoring, while the team as a whole averages 75.03 ppg. GC's defense has been holding opponents to 65.93.

Georgetown is one of five schools to make it in from the Mid-South Conference. Joining GC is University of the Cumberlands, Shawnee State, Lindsey Wilson and Campbellsville University.

Follow the games through twitter at GCAthletics, through live stats on the NAIA page or through the viewing package offered by the NAIA. NeuLion is the NAIA's digital media partner and official video-streaming company of 10 select NAIA National Championship events. The first 30 games in Frankfort will be available via live stream for $29.95 and any single day can be purchased for $9.95.

Will Chambers, the voice of the Tigers, and Jason Grefer, the color analyst for GC, will be doing several games at the tournament for NeuLion.


 
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