Women's Basketball - Wed, Oct. 24, 2012
Georgetown College women's basketball team starts the
season almost where it ended a year ago. The then No. 11 Tigers had a terrific
run at the NAIA National Women's Basketball Tournament, advancing all the way
to the Fab Four for this first time. Wednesday afternoon it was announced that
GC is preseason No. 6.
"Rankings are great for about the first five minutes when
they come out," laughed Tiger coach Andrea McCloskey. "It is nice for our
players to see that and know they have earned that respect, but now we have to
go out and prove it again. No easy task inside our Mid-South Conference."
The MSC had five teams in the Top 25 and a sixth team
receiving votes. Shawnee State University, which is preseason conference
favorite, is second in the national poll. Georgetown, despite graduating five
players, did receive the second place nod from all the league coaches as well
as garnering two of the 11 first place votes. The team is the second highest in
the national poll, while Campbellsville is sitting preseason No. 13. Lindsey
Wilson College (17th) and University of the Cumberlands (18th) round out the
Top 25 for MSC teams. Newcomer Cumberland University is receiving votes.
"It is an honor to be seen by the conference coaches as
an early favorite," McCloskey said. "People see that we graduated five players
and you think rebuilding year. Fortunately, for us most of our statistical
production was coming from our then juniors and sophomores. Now they are our
seniors and juniors ready to play again.
"The target on our back has gotten bigger and every time
we step on the floor we are going to have to prove ourselves."
Offensively, the Tigers return two All-American guards in
juniors Kourtney Tyra and Andrea Howard. Both put up a lot of points and have
the ability to make defenses focus in on them. Another pure shooter McCloskey gets back after a season ended by a knee injury is junior Lindsay Fultz. The Anderson County native has great range on the floor as well as a sense for the basketball in rebounding. Devon Golden and Lizza Jonas
provide versatility and consistency to the lineup. Both have experience from
post to guard, making for a difficult match up. Jonas is also GC's best
defensive player returning and can guard anyone on the floor. Devanny King
provides a true post presence, and she got a lot of minutes her freshman year.
"It's exciting the group we have back," McCloskey said. "Mix
those in with our transfer Olivia Coleman and our true freshman - Jessica Foster,
Mykal Farris, Tena Johnson and Haley Armstrong - and we should have a very
"The fun part about it was we were successful with a
certain style this past season, but this year, with this team, I think we will
play a completely different style. It's fun as a coach to see the puzzle pieces
and start deciding how they all fit together and work best together."
The Tigers have played a pair of exhibitions games this
past weekend and will play one more against Eastern Kentucky University on Nov.
2 before tipping it off in the 19th Annual Habitat Classic Nov. 9-10.