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Georgetown College women's basketball opened its season with a win in the nightcap of the 17th Annual Habitat Classic.
The Tigers (1-0) led most of the way Friday against Cumberland University (0-1), but need a late spurt from junior Mikkah Rogers to really get things under control in a 62-51 win at Davis-Reid Alumni Gym.
"Mikkah played a whale of a game tonight," GC coach Susan Johnson said. "We don't win without Mikkah. She's a winner. She plays in pain most of the time and you wouldn't even know it. She is a gamer."
Rogers had five points and assisted Gina Beining for two as GC took a three-point lead out to 10 late in the game. The junior finished with 17 points, seven rebounds, four assists and only one turnover.
Kourtney Tyra did most of her damage from the free throw line, going 10-of-13 from the stripe and finished with 15 points. Jessica Waddle chipped in 13 points and Beining had nine points and eight rebounds.
Despite the win, the veteran coach sees a lot her team still needs to work on going forward into the season.
"It wasn't pretty," Johnson said. "They got the better of us rebounding and really pushed us around down low. I know we probably won the overall rebounding total, but it just didn't look like that to me."
The Tigers return to action 4 p.m. Saturday afternoon in the finale of the Classic, facing Union College. Scott County native Rebecca Gray now plays for Union and led the team in a win over Midway College in the opener Friday night. The junior guard had 26 points as the Bulldogs needed a late burst for the 91-78 win. The game was tied heading into the final five minutes, 71-71, before a 20-6 run gave Union the easy victory.