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Georgetown College women's basketball relished its week at home for the first time since Dec. 1 and is still reaping the rewards. The Tigers jumped seven spots to sit at No. 16 after a 98-59 win over University of Rio Grande and an 85-75 victory over then No. 13 Shawnee State. That win puts GC at 3-2 this season against ranked teams.
Junior point guard Kourtney Tyra also continued to be honored for her stellar performances. Her triple-double, which may be a first-ever at Georgetown College, followed by a double-double over the Bears garnered her NAIA National Division I Women's Basketball Player of the Week honors. It is the first time for the McKee, Ky. native. It is also the first time since the early 2000s that a Tiger has won this award.
"Neeley Thomas and Andi Johnson have both been national player of the week, but their careers overlapped and I don't remember which was the most recent," former GC coach Susan Johnson said.
Tyra dished out 24 assists in the two games along with 36 points to average a double-double (12 and 18).
The junior leads the nation in assists per game average with 6.824 and is second in total assist with 116. She currently is fifth all-time at GC with 360 assists in her career and her 36 points gives her 1,008 as a Tiger. Tyra is two shy of being tied for 20th on the all-time scoring list for the Orange & Black.
"It has been a great week for us as a team," said coach Andrea McCloskey. "Our hard work is coming through and having everyone healthy is making everyone better. Also being at home for the first time in nine games was a great boost for us.
"We have to take that and stay road tough the next two weeks before we get to enjoy being home for a while."
The Mid-South Conference continues to be one of the toughest divisions in the nation with five teams in the Top 25 and a sixth team receiving votes. St. Catharine College became the newest member of the Top 25, coming in at 25. The Patriots have won six of their past seven games, including three straight over ranked opponents.
Cumberland University remained seventh, Campbellsville University jumped one to ninth, Shawnee dropped to 20th and University of the Cumberlands is receiving votes.