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Inside the game, most players are focused on the task at hand and the stats are for everyone else to ogle over. Such was the case Thursday night as junior point guard Kourtney Tyra (McKee, Ky.) dropped a triple-double in a 98-59 win over University of Rio Grande.
The No. 23 Tigers (10-6, 4-3 Mid-South Conference) flexed their muscles against the feisty RedStorm (5-11, 0-8). With 9:05 remaining, Tyra grabbed a defensive rebound that would give her 14 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists.
"I had no idea," the guard said. "I was just out there playing. It was a lot of fun. I didn't think about it one way or the other as to why Coach (Andrea McCloskey) still had me out there.
"We were in a good offensive rhythm and Rio is a team that can be streaky."
And McCloskey did not tell her when she came to the bench either. The moment was a total surprise as it was announced after the game. She is now just 14 points shy of scoring 1,000 points in her two-plus years at Georgetown.
But, while the points and rebounds are nice, it was her 11 assists that she really liked.
"Every game that's what I'm out there to do, set my teammates up," Tyra said. "Devanny (King) and Andrea (Howard) were really scoring tonight and that's what makes me happy."
Howard (Frankfort, Ky.) scored a quiet 26 points to lead all scorers, while King (Medina, Ohio) chipped in with 19 points.
"I'm pleased not only for Kourtney and the way she saw the floor, but to have people on the other end of those passes to finish it off," McCloskey said. "They showed the confidence tonight to knock down the open looks and that's going to open things up a lot in transition."
Being at home for the first time since Dec. 1, the women's basketball team wasted little time putting on a show for the home crowd. The Tigers, after a period of trading baskets early on, grabbed control midway through and held a 51-33 edge at the break.
"We got a few stops and took advantage on the offensive end to break the game open," McCloskey said. "But Coach (David) Smalley always has a tough team and that will be an opponent people can't overlook."
Georgetown remains at home for a 2 pm Saturday showdown with Shawnee State University.
Lizza Jonas had 12 points, Devon Golden nine, Lindsay Fultz eight, Olivia Coleman, Jessica Foster and Mykal Farris each had three and Tena Johnson finished with one.
Rio was led by Janie Morris' 13 points. Sarah Bonar had 12 and Shardai Morrison-Fountain had 11 to round out its double-digit scorers.
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