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Campbellsville University put together a 20-2 run to start the third quarter, giving the visitors enough breathing room to hang on and spoil Georgetown College women's basketball senior day.
GC (7-18, 3-9) had the No. 9 Tigers (24-5, 9-4) reeling in the first half and even took a 34-32 lead into the break.
However, Campbellsville used costly turnovers to change the tempo of the game in a 74-57 win. Georgetown senior Emilie Ziese looked to alter the pattern, stepping in and making her only three-pointer in the Orange & Black. Coach Andrea McCloskey recognized the trouble facing CU's 1-3-1 trapping half-court defense. She started bringing her posts to match the front. Campbellsville did not challenge the 6-foot-1 forward from Rensselaer, Ind. She responded by calmly stroking the deep shot.
Georgetown College has a new sharp-shooter at the top of the record list. Sophomore Shelby Beam hit 10 three-pointers in a game this past Saturday, breaking the Tigers' men's and women's records for makes in a single game.
Neeley Thomas was the previous record holder on the women's side with eight makes in a game during the 2002-03 season. Russ Chadwell held the record on the men's side with nine makes in a game during the 1992-93 season. Both players are now members of the GC Athletic Hall of Fame.
"I'm really proud of Shelby for breaking this record," said GC coach Andrea McCloskey. "She has really been putting in the extra time in the gym. All her hard work has really paid off."
Georgetown College women's basketball's Shelby Beam had a premonition, maybe, feeling good during pre-game meal Thursday evening before the Tigers game with Life University. The sophomore joked with assistant coach Kourtney Tyra this game would be the night the three point record would fall. Indeed it did as Beam went 10-of-16 from deep, scored 40 points and GC rolled 98-65 over the Running Eagles (5-22, 0-12).
"I was just feeling it tonight and had some really good looks thanks to some awesome passes from my teammates," Beam said.
The Tigers (7-17, 3-8) dished out 17 assists. Lydia Graves led with five, while post-players Shakela Smith (four) and Emilie Ziese (three) also had great vision.
"Then I was hitting most of my shots and that's a good feeling," Beam said. "It is good to be in a zone like that, it's a place every player wants to be in every time they step on the floor."
Georgetown College women's basketball senior came ready to play against Shawnee State University. Emilie Ziese tallied a career-high 31 points and added 11 rebounds to help the Tigers (6-17, 2-8 MSC) hang tough with No. 6 Bears (24-2, 9-1) in Portsmouth, Ohio Saturday. SSU opened a big lead in the first four minutes and then weathered a couple of runs for an 81-69 win.
It was 17-3 early on senior day for the Bears as Jen Arnzen, one of the two SSU senior post players, hit a couple of threes. GC called time to refocus and found its own offensive rhythm behind Ziese, but could never make up the difference.
Georgetown College women's basketball answered a 4-0 University of the Cumberlands spurt with a 27-2 run that put the game away in the third quarter Saturday at Davis-Reid Alumni Gym. Kennedy Flynn hit a three in that run that started a 19-0 burst to the end of the quarter. The Tigers (6-16, 2-7) were impressive in the 73-56 win over the Patriots (10-11, 2-7).
Flynn had a game-high 18 points on 6-of-9 shooting, 3-of-4 from behind the arc, coming off the bench. Kaci Currens had a career-high 13 points, hitting a pair of threes while going 5-of-8 from the field.
"Once I started seeing them go in it just motivated me to work even harder," Currens said. "It just reminds me to keep shooting and Emilie (Ziese), Shelby (Beam) and Shakela (Smith) have really been working hard on (the younger players) on motivating us through this. Today felt good."
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