Tigers win 70-63 over Robert Morris and celebrate Coach McCloskey's 100th win.
Women's Basketball - Thu, Dec. 29, 2016
Coach McCloskey tallies 100th win
It has been a long stretch, but hopefully a very fruitful one as the youthful Georgetown College women's basketball team took some hard knocks and turned those lessons into a gritty road win Thursday. The Tigers (4-10) tallied coach Andrea McCloskey's 100th win, ending an eight-game skid in a 70-63 win over Robert Morris University – Chicago in the Saint Xavier Christmas Classic.
"We are so excited to see Coach reach this milestone," said GC sophomore Shelby Beam. "She deserves this. She works so hard for us and really takes care of us on and off the court like we were her kids. She puts everything into this program and she deserves to have all the success."
It was basically all Georgetown and Beam from the get go. The sophomore hit a pair of administrative technical foul free throws before the tip and finished with a new career-high 29 points. GC opened an 8-1 lead behind two threes from Beam. The Eagles (2-13) fought back and even took a late 16-14 lead in the first quarter.
However, when the Tigers needed it, Beam provided. She hit a shot in the lane and was fouled with a second left. This started an 18-0 run for a 32-16 edge with just more than four minutes remaining in the half.
"It was good to finally finish a close game and stay on top all the way to the buzzer," Beam said. "Most of our losses have been in the single digits. I believe youth and the lack of experience we have as a team overall is the biggest obstacle we face. Our tough losses like the ones we have had really help you to get more mentally tough, and I feel getting this win will help us get over the hump."
Beam was named to the all-tournament team.
RMU did not fade away, several times trimming it to a two possession game, but someone always had the answer. In the second half it was Dasia Kilbourne multiple times as the freshman tallied a new career-high of nine points.
Georgetown's kryptonite on this road stretch, third game in a week outside of Davis-Reid Alumni Gym, has been turnovers and the points opponents created from those. Thursday in Chicago, Ill. GC had just 12 miscues for 14 easy points for the Eagles.
"We finally played with confidence," McCloskey said. "The team worked hard until the very end."
Georgetown will help coach celebrate her milestone at home before the Jan. 9 2 pm tip-off against Life University.