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Georgetown College women's basketball rebounded from Thursday's setback with a hard fought victory over Cumberland University. The two teams are receiving votes in the most recent NAIA coaches' poll and it was an evenly matched Mid-South Conference showdown Saturday in Lebanon, Tenn.
The Tigers (13-12, 8-5 MSC) clamped down numerous times defensively as the host Phoenix rallied within a possession. Even with under 10 seconds remaining and trailing by five, CU (14-9, 3-7) hit a three to make it interesting. Lydia Graves finished out the duel with a pair of free throws in a 50-46 win.
Georgetown had several costly turnovers, 22 total for the game, but managed to limit the Cumberland offense – averaging 63 points per game.
"Defense won the game today," said GC coach Andrea McCloskey. "We did a great job on the boards and it was group effort in the scoring column."
Georgetown College women's basketball was on a five-game winning streak largely anchored in defensive focus and limiting turnovers. In the second quarter Thursday, however, Lindsey Wilson College keyed in on seven Tiger miscues to blow open a close game. The No. 22 Blue Raiders blistered the nets at 61.9 percent in the 10 minutes before the half and rolled to a huge 92-64 win in Columbia, Ky. in the Mid-South Conference tilt.
GC falls to 12-12 and 7-5 in league play, while LWC improves to 20-4 and 6-3.
The home team won the second quarter, 30-13, and continued that trend with a 20-14 edge in the third quarter. Georgetown was a chilly 6-of-28 in the middle 20 minutes. Remove the second and third quarters, GC was 15-of-28 from the field.
The foul line can define many basketball games. Saturday Georgetown College women's basketball team, playing its sixth game in 14 days, did not fare well from the charity stripe most of the day against Mid-South Conference rival University of the Cumberlands. However, when it mattered the Tigers (12-11, 7-4) were money. They were 25-of-38 for the game, but 7-of-10 in chipping away a five-point deficit late. None bigger than two with just three tenths left and game tied at 67.
Jessica Foster grabbed an offensive rebound and was fouled from behind. The senior stepped to the line, 2-of-6 to that point, calmly stroked two in for the 69-67 win. Georgetown has won five straight, going 5-1 in this crazy stretch created by the mid-January snow storm.
"It was a hard fought battle," said GC coach Andrea McCloskey. "We are finally learning how to win in close games."
Defense wins championships or so the legend goes and the past two weeks Georgetown College women's basketball is living that mantra. The Tigers needed buckled down in the final 10 minutes to keep Mid-South Conference foe No. 15 University of Pikeville from finding a way to break the game open.
Then in the final 3:30, GC (11-, 6-4) scored a baker's dozen to cruise 75-63 over the Bears (19-3, 5-3).
"Our defense again won us that game," said Tiger coach Andrea McCloskey. "We were not scoring, but buckled down to get stops on our end as well. We were taking good shots, they just weren't falling. We got to the media timeout, settled down, began making the extra pass and shots started going in."
Four games in eight days is a lot to ask of anyone, then add to that they were all on the road and it has been an uphill climb for Georgetown College women's basketball team. This led to a rocky Monday game at University of the Cumberlands, but in the crunch time the Tigers put it together for a 44-40 win in Mid-South Conference play.
"That was an exhausting game," said GC coach Andrea McCloskey. "We didn't give up. I'm not sure where we got that late energy burst because we are gassed, but they wouldn't give up or quit. I'm very proud."
The spark probably came when senior Ashli Mayes hit Georegtown's first three of the game, 0-9 to that point, to stop the Patriots (8-10, 0-7) run that had the home team up seven.
Then 40 seconds later it was freshman Abbey Van Zant with a three. The Tigers (9-10, 5-4) were feeling good and Jessica Foster's low post lay-up gave the road weary team its first lead, 41-40, with 55 seconds left.
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