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Georgetown College women's basketball team reminded everyone Saturday that no lead is big enough. With 4:50 remaining, the No. 21 Tigers trailed No. 7 Cumberland University by 21, 61-40. A light switch went off and Georgetown mounted a furious rally tying it at 64 all with five seconds remaining.
The Bulldogs (14-1, 5-1) called a timeout, set a play and with 0.3 seconds remaining a Yolanda Davis stick back ended GC's (9-6, 3-3) comeback attempt.
"They don't give up," said Tiger coach Andrea McCloskey. "They never let me down. They always are out there working hard.
"We got in this situation because we were struggling with the shot, but we weren't taking bad shots. I can't fault them for that. I know they want the shots to go in, and I know they are working it to take good shots. We just have to get back in the gym and get back to work."
For 35 minutes, Georgetown managed just 15 field goals and four three pointers. In the final five, the Tigers hit eight shots, six from deep.
Cumberland, coming off its first loss of the season, roared out to the double-digit lead but clammed up down the stretch due to shutdown defense that starts with Lizza Jonas.
"We had to move her to guarding the point guard," McCloskey said. "She is our glue and I have to assess where we can get the most out of her. I moved her to guarding their point guard, which stopped the drives to the lane. They had to start looking to get the ball inside and started missing."
It was the four seasoned veterans that carried the scoring load. Kourtney Tyra, who knocked down three of the six threes down the stretch, finished with a game-high 19 points. Jonas and Andrea Howard, who was also largely involved in that final five three-point barrage, both chipped in with 12 points. Devon Golden finished with 10.
CU's Davis was one of three Bulldogs to finish with 12 points on the day.
Georgetown has been on the road for five weeks for nine games, ironically it started with an overtime loss that happened because of a stick back with 0.3 seconds remaining.
The Tigers will be back in the friendly confines of Davis-Reid Alumni Gym Jan. 10, a place they haven't played since Dec. 1.
"I know the girls are tired and I'm exhausted," McCloskey said. "But as I looked at last year, before we went to Campbellsville I pulled out the stats and showed our team what we were doing at home verses on the road. I told them we had to shoot with confidence. We really started to pick it up from that point.
"When forming the schedule this year I wanted to give us an opportunity to be on the road a lot, partially to gel with such a new group and team, but also to gain confidence in our shooting. Not sure if this will help or hurt, only time can tell that. But we went 5-3. All three loses came against very good teams, can't hang your head about that."
Tigers will play University of Rio Grande at 6 pm as they come back home for two games.