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Kourtney Tyra has one goal – win. Along the way to achieving this goal she is shattering Georgetown College women's basketball records and setting new standards of excellence.
"She has an intense drive and she's had it since day one of arriving at Georgetown," said GC coach Andrea McCloskey. "Kourtney is a player, teammate and coach all in one, which is what you look for in point guards."
As she enters her senior season, Tyra holds the all-time assists, the single-season assist and the consecutive free throws made records. She is the lone female Tiger to tally a triple-double, is climbing the charts on the all-time scoring list and is 132 rebounds shy of being in the Top 20 all-time there as well. She is a two-time NAIA All-American and helped Georgetown to a 53-40 record in her three seasons with one national tournament run into the quarterfinals.
All four semifinalists from the Mid-South Conference (MSC) Tournament have advanced to the second round of the 2013 NAIA Division I Women's Basketball Championship, as Georgetown (Ky.) put away Lyon (Ark.), 66-55, Thursday night in the Frankfort Convention Center.
The Tigers join Campbellsville (Ky.), Cumberland (Tenn.) and Shawnee State (Ohio) as MSC members still alive in the now 16-team bracket.
Georgetown scored 21 of its 38 second half points from the free throw line, including its last 16 points in the final three minutes of play.
Georgetown College women's basketball makes its second straight appearance in the NAIA Division I Women's Basketball National Tournament. The No. 16 Tigers are currently 22-9 and will face Lyon College for the first time ever in the opening round next Thursday in Frankfort.
"This is the exciting time of the year," said coach Andrea McCloskey. "We learned a lot and have a lot back from last year's run to the Fab Four. The thing we have to remember first and foremost is every team deserves to be here and you have to take it one game at a time.
"The Scots are a solid team and our only focus right now."
Georgetown College women's basketball hit a dry spell at the most unfortunate time Saturday in the semifinals of the Mid-South Conference tournament. The No. 16 Tigers (22-9) were in control early in the second half when No. 18 Campbellsville University (24-8) found a rhythm and clawed back. CU picked up the 78-71 win in the rubber match game.
Kourtney Tyra hit a three for a 14-point edge, but it was all Campbellsville from there. CU scored 23 of the next 32 points to tie the game at 58 and the never looked back. The dagger came a few minutes later as Campbellsville was on a 5-0 run with the shot clock winding down. With one second remaining the ball was tipped out of bounds. Coach Ginger Colvin substituted sharp-shooter Courtney Clifton. The senior came off a set of screens caught the inbound from Katie Allen and hit nothing but net from deep. It gave CU an eight-point lead, 66-58, and the game got only as close as six points again.
Georgetown College women's basketball shrugged off the first round Mid-South Conference monkey Thursday evening in Frankfort. For three years, the No. 16 Tigers (22-8) have fallen in the quarterfinals. The seniors Devon Golden, Lindsay Fultz and redshirt junior Kourtney Tyra have never been to the semifinals. All three were determined not to make it a four-year span. The team scored almost 50 points in the second half and pulled away with a 74-65 win in the Frankfort Civic Center.
Bluefield College jumped out to a nine-point first half edge, 34-25, but the Tigers found their stride midway through the final 20. Golden poured in 18 of her 20 points and Lizza Jonas continued to flex her muscle at the rim and on the glass. Jonas finished with a game-high 24 points, while Golden finished with 20. Each had nine rebounds.