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Georgetown College women's basketball team, 0-10 outside of Davis-Reid Alumni Gym heading into Saturday's game, has been so close so many times this year at the end of road games. In four Mid-South Conference road games, the Tigers (8-16, 4-9 MSC) have lost by an average margin of 3.5 points.
They left nothing to chance against University of Virginia College at Wise (9-12, 3-10). Georgetown started slow, facing a nine-point deficit at halftime, but roared to an 87-74 win in Wise behind a triple threat of Mikkah Rogers, Jessica Waddle and Kourtney Tyra. The trio accounted for 58 of GC's points.
"It feels good," said GC coach Susan Johnson about the win. "We did a great job of taking care of the ball, knocking down free throws and knocking down nine threes on the road."
Rogers led the way with a season-high 24 points, two shy of her career high set her sophomore year. Waddle eclipsed the century mark in three-pointers made in her career at Georgetown, sitting at 101 as a junior. She and Tyra both scored 17 points each in Greear Gym.
"This win will help bring our confidence up," Rogers said. "We've been losing games by five or less points, so hopefully something like this will show our team we can pull away and stay ahead.
"It will be a good ride home."
Ashley Prince also notched double digits with 10 points, while Tyra led the way on the glass with seven rebounds.
The victory not only ends the Tigers struggles on the road, it also gives them the upper hand for the eighth-place slot in conference standings. The two teams were tied at 3-9 entering the game, but a season sweep of the Cavs almost assures Georgetown no worse than hosting a play-in game to start the postseason.
When the conference expanded to 10 teams this past fall, adding Shawnee State and UVA-Wise, the tournament needed a little adjustment to the schedule to accommodate so many games. The bottom four teams will play a higher-seed host play-in game, with the winners advancing to Frankfort for the quarterfinals.
Georgetown has a week to prepare for Shawnee State, which won 63-62 in the first meeting this season over the Christmas break. The No. 23 Bears are coming off a rough road week. Following a big win over then No. 3 Campbellsville University two weeks ago, SSU dropped both games this week to UVA-Wise, 77-70, and to Pikeville, 70-67.
Game will be at Davis-Reid Alumni Gym with the tip set for 2 p.m.
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