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Georgetown College athletics prides itself on not just success on the field or court, but strives for excellence in all facets of the student-athlete experience.
One portion of that is community service and this past weekend at the NCAA Women's Basketball Division I National Championships, GC's women's basketball was recognized for its efforts with the Play4Kay initiative. The Tigers raised $1,500-plus for the Kay Yow Cancer Fund as part of the Women's Basketball Coaches Association and The V Foundation for Cancer Research.
NCAA DI schools all the way to high schools participates in this effort and the foundation recognizes the top schools from each level. Penn State University (NCAA DI), Queen's University (NCAA DII), Moravian College (NCAA DIII), Georgetown (NAIA), Trinity Valley Community College (CC), St. Agnes Academy (National High School/AAU), and Harrells Christian Academy (North Carolina High School/AAU) were this year's seven honorees.
Sometimes it is just one of those nights – the wrong time to play the wrong opponent. This was the case Thursday for Georgetown College's women's basketball team.
The No. 8 Tigers (21-9) ran into an extremely hot Loyola University (22-11) in the first round of the NAIA Women's Division I Basketball Tournament. The Wolf Pack hit 93 percent from the field for the first eight minutes and were still hitting 84 percent with two minutes left to halftime. LU cooled off considerably and GC showed the heart and grit its fans have seen all season, but in the end it was free throws that were the difference in an 87-80 loss.
The two teams ended up hitting the same number of shots – 31 – and Georgetown finished with one more three-pointer (10). Loyola had eight more made free throws and a total of 13 more attempts. GC finished 8-of-12 from the line, while the Wolf Pack went 16-of-25.
Georgetown College women's basketball will tip off its 3rd straight appearance in NAIA Women's Division I Basketball National Tournament 6:15 pm EST Thursday.
The women are the two seed in their bracket and finished the season ranked No. 8. The Tigers (21-8) take on Loyola in the first round, the first meeting between these two schools.
Follow the action live through stats here. An audio-only broadcast with Jason Grefer and Darrin Douglas can be heard through the Tigers' iHigh site here. A pay video option is available here. Live updates will also be coming through the athletic tweeter handle GCAthletics.
Georgetown College women's basketball learned its postseason fate Wednesday night in the upcoming NAIA Women's Basketball Division I National Tournament in Frankfort, Ky.
The No. 8 Tigers (21-8) will start one of the best college tournaments against Loyola University New Orleans. The Wolf Pack (21-11) were receiving votes in the final poll.
Other teams in the Tigers bracket are – overall No. 1 Vanguard (26-1), Cal State San Marcos (15-17), No. 19 John Brown (25-7), No. 17 Lyon (24-8), No. 9 Our Lady of the Lakes (26-4), and No. 22 Talladega (26-4).
Georgetown College women's and men's basketball teams learn their national tournament fates Wednesday night.
The women, which currently is No. 9 but will learn the final ranking in a few hours, has its selection show at 8 pm. The NAIA will release seedings, pairings and full tournament brackets through its broadcast here.
The Tigers (21-8) have been in the Top 10 all season and as high as No. 3 at one point. They have played numerous ranked or receiving votes teams this season and have a winning record against those teams.