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Georgetown College women's basketball is rounding out the long road trek in fine fashion. The No. 21 Tigers (9-5, 3-2 Mid-South Conference) returned to conference action Thursday night with a 63-57 win over No. 16 University of the Cumberlands (9-5, 2-3).
"It was a solid road win in the conference for us," said GC coach Andrea McCloskey. "I think Coach (Missy) Irvin had a really good game plan against us, but we just stayed the course with what we do and grinded out the win."
Georgetown has struggled with turning the ball over and an aggressive defensive approach from the Patriots did not help that. The Tigers had 23 miscues, but forced 19 and took care of the ball when it mattered.
Kourtney Tyra dished out her average six assists and became the sixth all-time assist leader at Georgetown with 330. The junior also scored a team-high 19 points, 12 in the final 20 minutes. Devon Golden ripped down 10 rebounds to leap frog Bev Taylor's 610 all-time mark. The senior is now sitting in 13th with 614, 37 from breaking into the top 10.
Lizza Jonas continued her solid offensive production with 15 points, but also played shutdown defense against UC's Thali Rodriguez.
"We battled and that's what I like to see," McCloskey said. "At times we were sloppy as evident in our turnovers, but I can never say they weren't out there determined to win."
The Tigers roared out to a 13-2 lead after a sluggish start a season ago was key in a rough game in Williamsburg. Irvin called a time out and settled her team. The Patriots came out more aggressive and behind a barrage of threes from Jill Herman and Dace Biance, regained control. Once Georgetown adjusted to the more physical play, the game became a back and forth battled until Tyra found her way into the lane and to the line several offensive trips late in the game. Golden also keyed the Tigers with three second half bombs and either kept it close or pushed GC ahead. The senior finished with 12 points and a double-double.
Andrea Howard finished with nine, Devanny King four and Lindsay Fultz and Jessica Foster each had two.
Bicane led all-scorers with 24 and Herman had 11 as the only other Patriot in double figures.
Georgetown returns to action 3 pm Saturday at No. 7 Cumberland University (13-1, 4-1).