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Georgetown College women's basketball learned its postseason fate Wednesday night in the upcoming NAIA Women's Basketball Division I National Tournament in Frankfort, Ky.
The No. 8 Tigers (21-8) will start one of the best college tournaments against Loyola University New Orleans. The Wolf Pack (21-11) were receiving votes in the final poll.
Other teams in the Tigers bracket are – overall No. 1 Vanguard (26-1), Cal State San Marcos (15-17), No. 19 John Brown (25-7), No. 17 Lyon (24-8), No. 9 Our Lady of the Lakes (26-4), and No. 22 Talladega (26-4).
Georgetown played Vanguard in the first round of the 2012 tournament where the team advanced to its first-ever Fab Four appearance. GC also played Lyon in the first round of the 2013 tournament and won to advance to the second round.
This is the first meeting between Georgetown and Loyola.
The Wolf Pack are currently ranked in the Top 25 in nine statistical categories – ninth in three-point field goal made (231), 11th in field goal percentage defense (35.2), 12th in three-point field goal percentage defense (27.4), 17th in three-point field goals made per game (7.219), 17th in total total rebound offense (1,359), 18th in three-point field goal percentage (33.9), 19th in defensive rebounds per game (28.969), 24th in scoring defense per game (62.063), and 25th in scoring margin (9.0).
Georgetown finished ranked in Top 25 in seven categories – third in free throw percentage (76.5), seventh in blocks per game (4.724), seventh in total blocks (137), eighth in field goal percentage (45.2), 11th in three-point field goal percentage (35.3), 21st in total rebound defense (35.897), and 23rd in assist/turnover ratio (0.911).
Loyola has three players averaging in double figures. Jasmine Brewer leads with 13.5 a game. Janeicia Neely averages 13.4 and Megan Whittaker averages 10.1.
Brewer is also the force on the boards with 7.9 rebounds per game. She hits 53.2 percent from the field, including 38.5 (5-13) from deep. Whittaker is the main three-point threat with 90 makes on 225 attempts this season. Neely has hit 53 from downtown.
GC has four in double digits. Andrea Howard's 15.3 leads the way. Kourtney Tyra averages 14.5. Lizza Jonas averages 12.3 and Devanny King 11.9. Jessica Foster isn't far off with 8.7 a game. Howard and Tyra have led the way in three-point shots each hitting 50-plus. Howard has 55 and Tyra 52.
King is the force on the boards with 6.9 per game, while Jonas also averages 6.1.
The Wolf Pack have had a pair of five straight wins this season, but come into the tournament 2-2 over the past four games.
The Tigers had a stretch in the middle of the season where they put eight wins together, but also come into the tournament 2-2 over the past four games.