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Stringing together a bundle of wins does not come without battling adversity. Georgetown College women stared the end of a seven-game streak in the eyes and did not blink. The No. 6 Tigers (15-3, 9-1 MSC) were down 22 in the first half and 21 at the break, but erased it with near 70 percent shooting in the second half against University of Rio Grande (14-8, 3-7). Georgetown escaped with a 78-73 on the road.
"Defense is our lifeline. To say we were not pleased with our first half effort on that side is an understatement," said GC coach Andrea McCloskey. "We also looked at even when we did start to find our level of intensity, Rio was shooting lights out. We knew that wouldn't continue, and we felt we had to take it one possession at a time."
Senior Kourtney Tyra had another phenomenal night against the RedStorm. She finished with 27 points, 17 in the final 20 minutes. Her first three of the game gave GC its first lead, 3-2, and what felt like would be the only lead. However, with the game knotted at 66-66, Tyra caught a pass for a three and a 69-66 lead the Tigers never relinquished.
Devanny King found Tyra for the shot as the junior also provided a lot of heart in the second half comeback. Saddled with two fouls in the first half, she sat with just three points and watched as her team struggled to figure out Rio's zone and stop the production in the lane. The forward returned and scored 13 of her 16 in the second half, including a pair of free throws for the final margin of victory.
"It took everyone," McCloskey said. "We were working the ball, not settling, making better passes and shutting things down on the defensive side."
Lizza Jonas made several huge defensive plays, steals and stops, while also pouring in eight of her 10. Andrea Howard struggled from deep, but found ways to leave her stamp on the game. The senior scored 16 points, including a powerful two to keep GC ahead late. She went to the deflected pass, took the bump by a Rio defender and muscled up the shot.
Jessica Foster was the only other Tiger to score with nine points.
The RedStorm was led by Brianna Thomas' 19. Ciara Herring chipped in with 13. Sarah Bonar and Sharday Baines finished with 12 each.
Georgetown finishes up the four-game road sweep with a 2 pm showdown with Shawnee State University Saturday.