Wise, Va - Georgetown College limited UVa-Wise to 31.3 percent shooting from the field and held off a late rally to post a 55-53 victory at the Prior Center on Monday. The victory was the fourth consecutive win for the Tigers (13-6, 7-3 Mid-South) while the loss sent the Cavaliers (6-13, 3-7 Mid-South) to its sixth defeat in seven games.
Georgetown used only six players in the game and four of the six scored in double figures. Andrea Howard led the scoring effort with 13 points on 4-14 shooting while Devanny King finished with 12 points and 12 rebounds.
The Tigers held the Cavaliers to just 30.3 percent shooting in the first half and did not commit a foul in the opening half en route to a 26-24 halftime advantage. Georgetown cleaned the glass in the opening half as UVa-Wise claimed only three offensive rebounds off of 23 missed shots. In total, the visitors won the first half rebounding battle 26-18.
Georgetown appeared to be on the cusp of putting the game out of reach with a 9-2 run mid-way through the second half; the run extended the Tigers lead to nine at 45-36.
Following a Cavalier timeout, Head Coach Kristin Kunzman’s club responded with an 11-3 run to knot the game at 48 with just over seven minutes to play.
For the remainder of the contest Georgetown never increased its lead beyond five points. The five point advantage came with 2:53 to play as Andrea Howard was fouled on a three point shot and connected on all three attempts to give the Tigers a 55-50 lead.
Neither squad was able to crack the scoring column over the next two minutes. MaKenzie Cluesman ended the drought when her three point basket with 42 seconds to play made the score 55-53 Georgetown. On the subsequent possession, the Cavs forced a Tiger turnover; however, Charlotte Reasor’s jumper came up no good and the Tigers claimed the rebound. Devanny King missed a one and one opportunity for Georgetown and the rebound was grabbed by Christine Nyobe. Despite the miss, time only remained for a three-quarter court shot from Nyobe at the buzzer that fell short giving the Tigers the win.
In the loss, MaKeznie Cluesman scored 21 points on 8-16 shooting while Katie Jo Lester scored 10 points on 4-5 shooting. Chelsea Cluesman chipped in six points, nine rebounds, and six assists.
UVa-Wise will return to action on Thursday when the team travels to Williamsburg, Ky. for a 6:00 p.m. tip against University of the Cumberlands.