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Georgetown College women's basketball averaged more than 80 points per game heading to Marion, Ind. But defending NAIA Division II champions Indiana Wesleyan had the defensive answer against the No. 4 Tigers (2-1).
GC managed just 29 points in the first 20 minutes, below its 41-point average. They had just 20 in the second half in route to a 62-49 setback in the early going.
"We knew this would be a very tough game," said GC coach Andrea McCloskey. "There isn't much difference between the top teams in DII and DI that people might think."
The Wildcats (4-0) scored below their average of 77 as well in a much slower, methodical game. IWU did most of its scoring in the final five minutes to open up the lead.
Teonia McCune hit a jumper just north of the five minute mark that had GC trailing just five. Wesleyan went on a 13-4 run to close out the game and hand the Tigers a loss.
Katrina Blackmon and Erika Isham did most of the damage early, scoring 20 of the Wildcats 34 first half points. Georgetown made adjustments, holding the pair to just eight points the rest of the way. Taylor Goshert and Emma Stahl picked up the slack with almost all of their 14 combine points in the final 20.
McCloskey's two big keys are defense and rebounding. Georgetown got beat on the boards 36-32 and IWU hit 45 percent from the field.
On the flip side, the Tigers struggled to find an offensive rhythm in large part to 18 turnovers.
Kourtney Tyra led in the scoring column with 13, while Jessica Foster had a season-high nine. McCune was a spark off the bench with seven points and six rebounds. Andrea Howard struggled with her shot, managing just seven points on 2-of-10 from the field, but was the warrior on the boards with nine.
"It was just one of those nights when things didn't go our way especially being on the road but we are going to have to over come that," McCloskey said.
Georgetown returns to the friendly confines of Davis-Reid Alumni Gym 4 pm Friday against Robert Morris.
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