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Georgetown College women's basketball recorded its 10th win, sixth straight, in the past 11 games Saturday as the team upended University of Rio Grande, 94-68. The No. 13 Tigers (15-6, 9-3 Mid-South Conference) are winning by an average of 14.8 points per game in that span. They are averaging 76.1 ppg while allowing just 61.3.
"Our key is defense," said GC coach Andrea McCloskey. "We know the shots will fall. We have a lot of great shooters, but we want to limit our opponents and find quick chances off their misses."
Georgetown has four players that average double figures and a fifth that is three-tenths shy of double digits. Lizza Jonas continues to pace the Tigers with 14.7 ppg, but Kourtney Tyra (who has been averaging more than 18 ppg since returning from Puerto Rico) is closing the gap at 14.6.
Andrea Howard has shown her sharp-shooting ways again, finding rhythm after sitting out for a month with a fracture in her shooting hand. The junior averages 13.4 ppg. Devon Golden puts in 10.6 ppg and is a warrior on the boards with 8.5 rebounds per game. Devanny King, the fifth starter, returned from a stress fracture in her foot and is averaging 9.7 ppg.
"It's all about balance," McCloskey said. "We want to limit our opponents, which means solid defense and rebounding. Then on the other end we have confidence in everyone to step up and make a play when we need it."
In GC's most recent game, the team thwarted a sluggish start for another big win. In the process Tyra broke a single-season record – consecutive free throws made. She currently sits at 32 straight. The previous record was 31, set by Jayme Gilbert.
The junior also moved up to fourth in career assists with 382 and 18th in points with 1,072.
Golden ripped down 16 rebounds, five shy of tying a GC game record. This moved her into 9th all-time as a Tiger with 667. She is nine away from eighth place.
GC returns to action 6 pm Thursday against Cumberland University. The No. 7 Bulldogs (20-1, 11-1) have taken the MSC by storm this year. As one of the new full members, joining from the Trans South, CU is on top of the conference. It is also the last team to hand GC a loss, 66-64, in Lebanon, Tenn.
This kicks off a five-game home stand for the Tigers, which has played 13 of their past 15 games on the road.
"It will be nice to be home," McCloskey said. "I know the players are exciting to be done with the road for a bit. Playing in our own gym is almost like playing on the road since we haven't been there much in the past couple of months.
"We are looking forward to getting back in front of our home crowd and Thursday's game will be a great night to come out and support us."
Georgetown plays again 2 pm Saturday on Alumni Day against University of the Cumberlands.