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Brian Evans, Georgetown College Director of Athletics, is pleased to announce the Tigers' new head coach of the women's basketball team. James Jackson, who has been serving as men's basketball assistant for the past six seasons, is the program's ninth coach.
"I was very pleased to see Coach Jackson apply for this position," Evans said. "We had an overwhelming response of applicants and an elite quality of coaches in the final round. James stood out from the beginning and made it a very easy decision for myself and the committee.
"He has a proven track record of success in the conference, a vast knowledge of what our mission is here, an understanding of our program and the players, as well as a tremendous recruiting ability to Georgetown College over his six seasons. We are excited about what our future holds."
During his tenure with the Tiger men, GC was 159-48 and 69-31 in Mid-South Conference play with six national tournament appearances with results of: one national title, two championship appearances, two quarterfinal finishes and one second round appearance.
Georgetown College women's basketball continues a trend of All-Americans as senior Emilie Ziese earned NAIA All-American honorable mention Thursday evening as announced by the league office.
Ziese scored 720 points and grabbed 647 rebounds. She finishes 14th all-time in total rebounds as only the second player in the Top 20 with fewer than 100 games played. The Rensselaer, Ind. native played 88 games for a 7.4 rebounds per game average. She also finished with 284 field goals on 562 attempts for a program eighth best of 50.5 percent from the field.
Georgetown College women's basketball had everyone on upset alert as the team battled No. 22 University of Pikeville in the opening round of the Mid-South Conference tournament in Frankfort, Ky.
The Tigers (8-20) came out cold after holding a one-point edge after 20 minutes. The Bears (21-9) used five GC turnovers to go on a 19-7 run in the third quarter. It was the unraveling of the women's season as they fell 73-59.
Mid-South Conference helped women's basketball teams inside the league celebrate another banner 2016-17 season. Five of the eight teams spent significant time ranked in the Top 25 of the national coach's poll while three finished the year in the Top 10 and a fourth in the Top 25. A fifth team was receiving votes.
"This is a strong conference top to bottom, so any and all recognition is a big accomplishment," said GC coach Andrea McCloskey.
Five Tigers were announced Tuesday afternoon as being part of the all-academic team – Shelby Beam, Kennedy Flynn, Lydia Graves, Martina Lytle and Emilie Ziese. These five are sophomores or higher with at least a 3.25 grade point average.
Georgetown College women's basketball enters postseason play Thursday with a 4 pm Mid-South Conference quarterfinal game against No. 22 University of Pikeville. However, Wednesday evening all eight teams will gather in Frankfort for a banquet to celebrate the season.
Part of the celebration will be honoring the 55 student-athletes that earned MSC All-Academic as announced by the league Tuesday afternoon. Five Tigers maintained a 3.25 grade point average or higher with at least sophomore standing. They are: Shelby Beam, Kennedy Flynn, Lydia Graves, Martina Lytle and Emilie Ziese.