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Down 16 points to No. 16 with just more than 14 minutes remaining did not look good for Georgetown College women's basketball. Then the relentlessness appeared. The fight came out and the Tigers roared past Mid-South Conference foe Shawnee State University in overtime.
Junior Mykal Farris hit one of the biggest shots of the season to send the game into overtime where it was all Georgetown. The Tigers (12-7, 3-5 MSC) started the second half of conference play with an 80-71 win over the Bears (17-7, 4-4) Saturday at Davis-Reid Alumni Gym.
"It was the greatest feeling of my life," Farris said of the tying three-point basket with 2.5 remaining. "It came down for the moment to win the game and coach (Kourtney) Tyra had drawn up this play two previous times for me in practice. I hit them both times. Coach (Andrea) McCloskey always says have confidence in yourself and others. So I had confidence in me, and I knew my teammates had confidence in me. There was no way that ball wasn't going in."
Jessica Foster tallied another new career-high in points, her third time to do so this season, and Georgetown College women's basketball took a 73-69 win over St. Catharine College in the Mid-South Conference tilt Saturday.
The No. 25 Tigers (11-7, 2-5) trailed by one at half and even by as many as eight in the early portion of the final 20 minutes. Foster scored 10 of her 26 points in a four minute span that put GC ahead for good. The lead eventually ballooned to 14, but the feisty Patriots (8-12, 1-6) got it back within four, 67-63, with 1:21 to play.
Lena Bramblett's team used fouling and a few untimely Tiger turnovers to try to get closer, but freshman Tralyn Woodard hit four straight from the line to help ice the game. Sophomore Emilie Ziese also picked up a huge charge that also stemmed the tied.
Georgetown College women's basketball has had one tough stretch. The No. 25 Tigers played NCAA Division I Northern Kentucky in an exhibition, went to No. 14 Shawnee State University and then came home to play No. 3 Campbellsville University. CU came to town Thursday in a thrilling Mid-South Conference rivalry tilt, walking away 55-39 victors.
"That's one ridiculous set of games and that doesn't include our travels to Texas playing a Top 15 team and then to California for another Top 15 team," said GC coach Andrea McCloskey. "We've grown every step and it is hard when you are so competitive to be patient with the process, but I think we are on the verge of being a team people will not want to face."
Georgetown's woes inside the MSC, a league with seven of the eight teams in the Top 25 or receiving votes, at the hands of Campbellsville. GC falls to 10-7 and 1-5 in conference play, while CU improved to 19-1 and 5-1.
Georgetown College women's basketball has had a tough road trek since starting the holiday break. It continued Thursday with a trip to a hot No. 14 Shawnee State University. This Mid-South Conference tilt restarted league play. The No. 24 Tigers looked solid early on, but a flurry of baskets from Ali Zieverink and transfer Shavon Robinson helped the Bears (17-3, 4-1 MSC) push out and hold on for the 68-59 win.
GC (10-6, 1-4) needed to defend the three, win the rebound battle and find a way to get to the line. SSU managed only one three off 13 attempts. The Bears have averaged 6.7 threes a game coming into the night.
However, they won the battle on the boards, 41-37 and more importantly 27-17 at the break, and attempted 32 more free throws.
Bench points and three-point shooting helped No. 11 Westmont College (10-3) erase a six-point deficit and win at home over No. 25 Georgetown College (10-5), 65-54 in Santa Barbara, Calif. The Tigers trailed by one at the break and rallied midway through the second half, but Cora Chan and Karlie Storkson helped the Warriors on the comeback victory.
WC got 30 points off the bench, Chan had 15 and Storkson nine; while Georgetown managed just nine on a night that started much like the team's opener in the 2014 Westmont Classic. Seven Tigers scored in the opening 20 minutes, but most of the second half production came from senior Devanny King. The post scored a game-high 16 points, but the Warriors limited her touches down the stretch to take control of the game.
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