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Georgetown College women's basketball team battled a University of Virginia College at Wise team that has beaten two ranked opponents in Wise already this season. The No. 16 Tigers (13-6, 7-3 Mid-South Conference) trailed by six midway through the first half, but surged for the 55-53 win.
"It was a wild trip this past weekend," said GC coach Andrea McCloskey. "But, now we can look at the more than a month on the road and be thankful. I think it helped us in this situation, and we picked up a pair of big road wins."
The Tigers are currently in third in the conference with the two road wins. They play four more road games, including two this week, with six home games before the MSC Tournament in Frankfort.
Georgetown left campus Wednesday evening for the conference slate of Thursday-Saturday games. However, a snow blitz postponed the game with the Cavaliers (6-13, 3-7) to Monday afternoon and extended the Tigers trip two more days.
McCloskey's squad responded well to the unique situation, beating University of Pikeville handily and then rallying and hanging on against the feisty Wise team.
"We all knew that it would be a tough game. We had some illnesses also crop up, but we just did what we needed to do and that is what you have to do sometimes to get a road win," McCloskey said. "We held Chelsea Cluesman to just seven points, well below her average. Katie Jo Lester and MaKenzie Cluesman started nicely for them, but once we found our rhythm I knew we were going to win."
Chelsea Cluesman is averaging a league-leading 19.5 points per game, but managed just two at the half against Georgetown before finishing with seven. She also is averaging 55.2 percent from the field, but went 2-of-13 Monday afternoon.
"We are a defensive minded unit," McCloskey said. "I know our scoring will come and can come from a multitude of players. Wise went on a spurt in the middle of the first half. We called a timeout and got things reorganized."
Four Tigers reached double-figures led by Andrea Howard's 13 points. Devanny King recorded a double-double with 12 points and 12 rebounds, while Lizza Jonas (12 points and eight rebounds) and Kourtney Tyra (10 points and seven rebounds) were also close to double-doubles.
MaKenzie Cluesman finished with a game-high 21 points and Katie Jo Lester had 10 to pace the Cavs.
Georgetown will hit the road again this week for a 6 pm Thursday showdown with No. 20 Shawnee State (15-5, 6-4) University and a 2 pm Saturday game at University of Rio Grande (6-13, 0-10).