Jessica Foster helped GC keep pace with IWU early. Photo by Richard Davis
Women's Basketball - Sat, Dec. 14, 2013
Georgetown College women's basketball exacted a bit of revenge Friday night opening the Shawnee State Classic. The No. 5 Tigers (5-1) have just one blemish on their record through the first month and a half of play. No. 3 Indiana Wesleyan University (9-2) gave them their only loss just more than a month – a month and a day.
In Portsmouth Georgetown needed a rally, but denied IWU a second time with a 60-56 victory.
"Wesleyan is a great team, the defending NAIA (Division) II champions," said GC coach Andrea McCloskey. "We were hungry for this win and went out and got it tonight."
Georgetown used a 14-2 run, spanning the final minutes of the first half and into the first three of the second, to gain control, 33-28. IWU battled back for a very brief advantage, 36-33, when the Tigers finished on a 27-20 run.
The game had six ties and four lead changes. Both teams had leads as large as seven points once during the 40 minutes of action.
Jessica Foster helped GC hang around in the first half with eight – almost a third of the team's output. The sophomore finished with 11 points and a team-high nine boards.
Lizza Jonas chipped in eight in the second half to lead the team with a game-tying high 13 points. Kourtney Tyra came in strong during the final 20 minutes with nine of her 12 points. Devanny King paced all-Tiger scorers in the second half with 10 of her 12.
IWU's leading scorers, Emma Stahl and Val Sohasky, each finished with 13 points, but managed just seven combine in the second half.
"We found a way to clamp down defensively," McCloskey said. "This was a great team effort tonight. Now we have to forget about this and focus on Grace College."
The Tigers take on the Lancers noon Saturday. Follow the video action here. Live stats are also available here.