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Georgetown College women's basketball makes its second straight appearance in the NAIA Division I Women's Basketball National Tournament. The No. 16 Tigers are currently 22-9 and will face Lyon College for the first time ever in the opening round next Thursday in Frankfort.
"This is the exciting time of the year," said coach Andrea McCloskey. "We learned a lot and have a lot back from last year's run to the Fab Four. The thing we have to remember first and foremost is every team deserves to be here and you have to take it one game at a time.
"The Scots are a solid team and our only focus right now."
The American Midwest Conference regular season champions are making just their second all-time appearance in the national tournament. It lost in the opening round in 2012 to Westmont College by two. The Scots dropped from No. 17 to No. 19 in the final poll of the season, but earned a bid by virtue of finishing first in the regular season.
They are led by four seniors who average 44.4 points of the teams 68.9 average. Georgetown is a junior laden team bookended by a senior and a sophomore. McCloskey's junior trio of Andrea Howard, 13.1, Kourtney Tyra, 15.1, and Lizza Jonas, 14.3, lead the team in scoring while senior Devon Golden, 11, and sophomore Devanny King, 11.5, round out the double-figure scorers on a team that averages 75.7 points per game. But defense is what the Tigers pride themselves on, allowing just 63.4 ppg.
"In our nine losses, we are giving up an average of 76.3 points, 13 points higher than our season average," McCloskey said. "In four of those losses we have allowed teams to eclipse the 80-point mark. We know defense is important."
Senior Lindsay Fultz has provided solid minutes off the bench this season as well as freshman Jessica Foster and Haley Armstrong.
The Mid-South Conference is well represented with the most teams from one conference in this year's 32 teams. Cumberland University, Campbellsville University, Shawnee State University, St. Catharine College and University of the Cumberlands will all be joining Georgetown back in Frankfort.
"We all laugh about it, but when you get down to it this past weekend's conference tournament is a mini preview into the national tournament," McCloskey said. "I'm really glad we got the recognition we deserve and who knows what can happen with six teams in the field."
For the full tournament bracket, click here.
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