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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.
When going against No. 1 you need everything you have. Georgetown College women's basketball stood toe-to-toe with top dog Campbellsville University and did not blink in the Mid-South Conference showdown. The GC Tigers (9-11, 4-4) used a huge second quarter to upset CU (19-4, 7-2) 66-62 in Campbellsville. This is 10 points below what the No. 1 team averaged in conference play and 15 less than what it's averaged this season.
"Defense is what won that game today," said GC coach Andrea McCloskey. "We buckled down defensively with 12 blocks today. Teonia (McCune) had six, none bigger than in the final 90 seconds of the game rejecting a three-point attempt as we had a one-point lead."
Kennedy Flynn turned it over and Campbellsville was looking to capitalize. Emily Fox came open, put up the shot and the 6-foot-5 McCune swatted it away. CU went 0-for-4 with a turnover from that point on including another three blocked by McCune as the final horn sounded.
"This is a great win for us," McCune said. "A lot of people doubted us, but we came in with a specific game plan, and we got it done playing Georgetown basketball. I'm so proud of my team and coaches. We played to win today."
Some might have seen Georgetown College women's basketball players carting a basketball around campus yesterday as they went about their daily tasks of class and studying. Coach Andrea McCloskey decided to switch gears on helping her youthful team learn the value of holding onto the basketball. For Thursday night's game at St. Catharine College, the plan worked.
The Tigers were plagued early with miscues, but had just eight in the final three quarters as they rolled off half a century of points in 63-45 win over the Patriots in the Mid-South Conference tilt.
It did not start so smoothly. Georgetown (8-11, 3-4) managed just three field goals and had eight miscues to be down 12-8 after 10 minutes.
Tight second half shooting along with a slew of turnovers was the downfall Monday for Georgetown College women's basketball in Pikeville. The Tigers were holding their own against the No. 16 Bears, off to their best start in program history, in a rare Mid-South Conference week starting showdown.
However, UPike (18-1, 4-1) ran away with it in the third quarter for an 83-66 win over GC (7-11, 2-4).
Pikeville caught fire following a Jessica Foster two that had the game within two possessions, 47-43. The Bears rolled off 19 of the final 25 points in the last five minutes of the third for a dominant 66-49 lead.
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