Kourtney Tyra had a triple-double against Rio a year ago and set a career-high in points Saturday. Photo by Richard Davis
Women's Basketball - Mon, Jan. 6, 2014
Home, sweet home, again. Georgetown College women's basketball got back to its winning ways with an offensive explosion from two seniors in a rout of Mid-South Conference foe University of Rio Grande.
The No. 5 Tigers' (8-3, 2-1 MSC) Andrea Howard matched her career-high, 34 points, while Kourtney Tyra set a new one, 29 points. Georgetown won 101-78.
"It feels great to play at home and to have this energy," Howard said. "It was important for us to get this win as a team and gain confidence heading into a very big week."
Georgetown hits the road for a pair of conference showdowns. It starts Thursday at No. 7 Campbellsville University. Tip is set for 6 pm. GC finishes the week with a 2 pm game against St. Catharine. All three teams were in the national tournament a season ago.
"Very pleased with the performance tonight," said Tiger coach Andrea McCloskey. "Rio is averaging in the 80s. We clamped down defensively and found our rhythm offensively."
The RedStorm (13-4, 1-3) held a several-possession lead for most of the first half, but once Tyra and Howard got going it was all Georgetown. The tandem hooked up for a three-pointer by Howard for GC's second lead of the game. Then Howard stole the ball a few minutes later and Jessica Foster finished the fast break as the Tigers took the lead for good, 35-34.
Foster's basket started a 30-18 run that gave GC a double-digit lead it never relinquished. Twice Georgetown led by as many as 30. It was fitting that Howard's final field goal of the game tied her career-high and put the Tigers at 100 for the first time this season.
GC returns to action 6 pm Thursday against Campbellsville University (13-1, 4-0). Georgetown won the last meeting in Campbellsville and will be looking to build on the momentum gained from the win Saturday.