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Georgetown College men's and women's basketball begins a four-game Mid-South Conference road trek Thursday at University of Virginia College at Wise. This could be the final few meetings between these two schools as the Cavaliers will be joining the NCAA Division II ranks next year.
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The No. 16 women are 7-0 all-time against UVa-Wise with the first meeting dating back to 1989-90 season. Wise joined the MSC in 2010 to account for six of those matchups. The Tigers (11-6, 5-3 MSC) are looking to improve upon their third-place tie in the conference against the Cavs (5-12, 2-6).
Wise started the season 2-7 before a 4-0 stretch, including a 63-42 win over then No. 2 Shawnee State.
"They are always a dangerous team," said GC coach Andrea McCloskey. "Chelsea Cluesman is a physical presence in the post that has good range and good touch, while her sister MaKenzie is a guard that rebounds well.
"They have an arena that they play very well in and it is going to be a battle for us."
The elder Cluesman sister leads the team with 19.2 points per game and 8.5 rebounds. In the win over Shawnee State she had 18 points and 12 rebounds. MaKenzie averages 9.3 ppg and 4.8 rebounds. Charlotte Reasor averages 10.8 ppg and 5.8 rebounds.
On the men's side, Wise is 8-5 overall and 4-4 in the conference.
"This is a big game for us," said GC coach Chris Briggs. "It is a tough place to play and they are a solid team. We need to take care of blocking out and getting rebounds, which we did struggle with at times against Shawnee State."
The Cavaliers have Deon Boyce that joined the team in December. He has played three games thus far and his lowest rebounding total is 22. He ripped down 23 against Cumberland University and 24 against then No. 1 University of the Cumberlands in two home wins this past week.
Georgetown got back on track as the team got healthy and are on a three-game win streak in the MSC. The Tigers are sitting tied for fifth in the conference with Wise and Campbellsville University just two games shy of the midway point of league play.