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First two possessions were turnovers and the first half was a rough shooting 20 minutes, the story in the game as No. 17 Georgetown College women's basketball played University of the Cumberlands, receiving votes. The Thursday night game opened the Mid-South Conference schedule for both teams. UC took the 61-47 victory in Williamsburg.
The Tigers (3-1, 0-1 MSC) shot just 19 percent in the first half, finished with 24 turnovers and had no one in double figures after coming into the game with five averaging 11.3 ppg or higher.
Georgetown College women's basketball's Jessica Foster had an idea to help former opponent Lauren Hill and her family, who are all facing Lauren's diagnosis with inoperable brain cancer. Since Foster's epiphany on Sunday, Nov. 2 things have been rolling. The No. 17 Tigers hosted a Play for 22 Game Tuesday evening against Midway College.
In attendance was Mid-South Conference rival University of the Cumberlands, proving that outside the lines of competition this conference cares and has the heart of champions emulating the NAIA's Champion of Character program.
"We are all very competitive, which makes us one of the premier conferences across the board in the NAIA," said MSC Commissioner Eric Ward. "However, what makes the Mid-South one of the best conferences is the heart and character we have at the leadership and coaching positions at all our institutions. This movement started by a Georgetown player has rippled through the conference and I'm so pleased to see the University of the Cumberlands extending that effort."
Emotional nights for athletes can sometimes be difficult to refocus and take care of business between the lines, but for the first 20 minutes Georgetown College women's basketball seemed to have things well in hand on Play for 22 night.
Jessica Foster poured in 11 points and grabbed seven rebounds in the 22 jersey for Lauren Hill as No. 17 Tigers (3-0) beat Midway College (2-3) 94-59. Teonia McCune dropped a triple-double, 16 points, 15 rebounds and 10 blocks. Devanny King scored her 1,000th point and then some as she poured in a team-high 21 points.
It was 51-23 after 20 minutes and it seemed to be on pace for another route. The Eagles made it interesting in the second half. They were winning by getting offensive rebounds and forcing turnovers. The much taller Tigers gave up 20 offensive boards and turned it over 23 times.
Georgetown College women's basketball flexed its muscle offensive and defensively Saturday to finish off its tipoff tournament. The No. 17 Tigers (2-0) suffocated Calumet College of St. Joseph (2-3), holding the Crimson Wave's lowest point total thus far. GC more than tripled its opponent, 103-32.
"Start to finish we played our game," said GC coach Andrea McCloskey. "We played defense that led to offense. It is nice to see how we are coming together as a team."
The Tigers force 15 turnovers and CCJS managed just 15.1 percent shooting from the field.
Mykal Farris hit a pair of free throws to bookend a 21-0 run over a seven-plus minute span that routed the Brescia Bearcats. Georgetown College women's basketball started the season with a 90-48 win with six players in double figures.
Brescia University made it interesting in the first 20 minutes of the Habitat Classic as the No. 17 Tigers (1-0) struggled to find a rhythm and missed several easy baskets. A nine-point advantage quickly ballooned to 30 as the team dialed in from deep and picked up the pressure on defense.
"We came out too excited and pumped for our first home game," said GC coach Andrea McCloskey. "In the second half, that was Georgetown College basketball. We settled down, played defense and spread the ball.
"Our shots started to fall, especially from outside, and it was a good team effort. We went five for five sometimes with subs and didn't miss a beat."
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