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Whenever Georgetown College women's basketball needed a big play Thursday somebody stepped up in Springfield, Ky. against St. Catharine College. The Mid-South Conference regular season will come to a close Saturday, but the Tigers (14-10, 5-8) picked up a very important road win 69-52.
"It was a great team win tonight," said GC coach Andrea McCloskey. "This is what we've been wanting them to see all year. That everyone can find a way to contribute no matter if you are a starter or if you come off the bench, everyone has a role and can make a difference.
"We should be a really tough team to defend, but we've been limiting ourselves offensively. Hopefully tonight our players saw what coach (Kourtney) Tyra and I have been talking about all season. I was pleased top to bottom at the effort and team unity tonight."
Georgetown College women's basketball played a rare Monday game as this past week's weather forced unusual circumstances for Mid-South Conference action. The Tigers (13-10, 4-8 MSC) battled with No. 23 University of Pikeville (23-7, 8-6). It was a game of runs in the first half, and then nip and tuck until the final 10 minutes when the Bears finished strong for the 69-59 victory.
Jessica Foster scored two of her 13 second half points to give GC a three-point lead with 11:11 remaining. A free throw and then a basket on back-to-back UPike possessions tied the game for the ninth time. The Bears finished on a 26-13 run.
To say it has been an unusual season for two rival schools is an understatement. Georgetown College and University of the Cumberlands have been staples in women's basketball's national scene the past several seasons. However, injuries and youth coupled with a stacked Mid-South Conference have plagued both teams. Entering Saturday, both teams were below .500 in the conference and needing to win down the stretch for momentum and potential rankings heading into postseason.
Jessica Foster hit a jumper with just more than six minutes remaining in the first half and it was all Georgetown from there in an 80-65 win.
The Tigers (13-9, 4-7) dropped out of the coaches' poll for the first time in a long while and were looking to find traction Saturday on Senior Day. Seniors Devanny King and Olivia Coleman did not disappoint. King had a career day with 26 points, her previous high was 23, while Coleman has been stepping up in the point guard role dished out five assists.
Georgetown College games with University of the Cumberlands are on Saturday at Davis-Reid Alumni Gym. The women will tip at 2 pm and senior ceremonies will start at 1:50 pm. The men's clock will start running immediately following the women's game and will stop with 10 minutes to go in warm-up to honor the seniors. Cheerleaders and dancers will be honored at halftime of the men's game. In all GC has 11 seniors. Travel safe. Admission is free today.
At this time, Georgetown College vs. University of the Cumberlands women's and men's basketball games for 2 and 4 pm Saturday are still on at Davis-Reid Alumni Gym. Please continue to check the website as Director of Athletics Brian Evans continues to monitor the changing weather patterns.
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