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Women's basketball raced out to a huge lead over Trevecca Nazarene University and it appeared the game would be similar to this past season's win in Nashville. However, the Trojans (1-2) came to life in the second half and the Tigers (2-0) had to hold tight for the eventual 83-73 win.
After a convincing 51-23 lead at the break, it seemed Georgetown could do no wrong. They raced out to a 12-4 lead and it was late in the first half before TNU broke double digits.
"Everything was clicking early," said GC coach Andrea McCloskey. "It would have been nice to see it remain that way, but it is just our second game. We have a lot of new players and a new chemistry on which we are working. But, the key thing was we buckled down when we needed to, got the stops when we had to and finished our shots down the stretch."
The Tigers came out of the lockeroom scored one field goal almost five minutes into the second half and then not again until just less than 10 minutes left. They also made five free throws in that span as TNU rolled off a 25-9 run. GC scored 23 points over the final nine minutes.
Senior Devon Golden got things going with basket in the lane and then two possessions later nailed what might have been the dagger with a three off an assist from Kourtney Tyra. The Tigers seemed to come to life and TNU would only pull within six with just more than six minutes left in the game.
Lizza Jonas had another huge offensive night to lead GC. The junior from Lexington finished with 24 points and 12 rebounds. Golden chipped in 16, Devanny King 13 and Tyra 10. Haley Armstrong, eight points, and Jessica Foster, seven points, also played key roles off the bench.
"It was a total team effort to not get completely flustered and have them come all the way back," McCloskey said. "They are a good team. We watched them play Shawnee State to a final minute showdown the night before. We knew at halftime they would make a run.
"I'm just really pleased with how our team responded and took care of business."
The Tigers return to action 6 pm Nov. 15 at Bluefield College, starting Mid-South Conference play.