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Kourtney Tyra followed up her triple-double by cracking into the 1,000 point club at Georgetown Saturday in an 85-75 win over No. 13 Shawnee State University.
The No. 23 Tigers finished off a home stand, improving to 5-3 in the conference and 11-6 overall. The junior scored 22 points, for 1,008 in her two-plus seasons for Georgetown and also dished out 13 assists for a double-double.
Andrea Howard, who went off against the Bears in Georgetown a year ago, also dropped 20 in the game. Devanny King had 13 points and Lindsay Fultz came off the bench with 12 points. Jessica Foster also played big minutes as Lizza Jonas and King both fouled out with just more than four minutes left.
"It was a huge team effort," said Tiger coach Andrea McCloskey. "We had several come off the bench to score, and that's going to be big for us going forward."
Foster and Devon Golden, who led the team with six rebounds, were forced to play against the much taller SSU team in the final four minutes and try to protect the led. Golden's hardnosed defense led to Schera Sampson fouling out with just more than three minutes left and the Tigers continued to limit the Bears to just one shot.
"We were definitely undersized," McCloskey said. "But, Jessica and Devon played with heart, and you have to have confidence that in the end your team will play with more heart than the opponent.
"Our guards did better in the second half in limiting Shawnee's guards' vision and making it harder to get the entry pass into the post for Sampson and Alex (Pohl), which helped as well. Then on our offensive end we started hitting shots and opening up the lead."
SSU, which started the season as preseason No. 2, drops to 14-5 overall and 5-4 in the league.
Georgetown hits the road for the next four games, starting 6 pm Thursday at University of Virginia College at Wise.
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