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Injuries to an already thin bench did not help as the No. 5 Tigers played Shawnee State University to restart play after the Christmas break. Georgetown College women's basketball was down to nine available players for third-year coach Andrea McCloskey. Thursday, Early foul trouble – two players with two fouls before the six-minute mark – and an in-game injury to Devanny King dwindled the options even more in the Mid-South Conference showdown.
The Bears (8-6, 1-2) struggled early to find range, but seniors Alannah Sheets and Priscila Santos dialed in to lead the visitors to a 76-59 win. The pair accounted for 65 percent of the offensive production – Santos with 26 points and Sheets with 24. They shot 53.3 percent from the field (16-of-30), while the rest of the team went 9-of-25 (36 percent). Two other Bears reached double-figures – Abby Feuchter (13) and Diane Abbady (11).
Georgetown lost the rebound battle, 47-32, as Abbady led with 12. Andrea Howard led GC with nine.
The Tigers (7-3, 1-1) never quit, though. Multiple times in the second half, they got close to pulling the game back into a single-digit deficit, but every time the Bears had an answer. Georgetown struggled from the field, hitting just 35.4 percent, and was ice cold from deep – 2-of-14. This season the ladies are averaging 30 percent from three-point range and at least four threes a game. Under McCloskey, the Tigers typically average five threes a game with a 33 percentage. Over the past five games, however, GC has been particularly cold from deep – 11-of-56.
Georgetown picked up in the second half, scoring 38 points and finished with four players in double figures. Howard and King led the charge with 15 points each. Kourtney Tyra chipped in with 11, while Lizza Jonas finished with 10. Only two other Tigers scored, Mykal Farris had six and Teonia McCune finished with two.
GC returns to action 2 pm Saturday hosting University of Rio Grande (12-3, 1-2).