GEORGETOWN – Junior Andrea Howard turned it on when the Georgetown College women’s basketball team needed her most down the stretch against University of the Cumberlands Saturday.
The Mid-South Conference tilt went from being a blowout to a game in the second half, but the No. 12 Tigers (16-6, 10-3) hung on for the 85-78 win at Davis-Reid Alumni Gym.
Howard had back-to-back 3-point plays to break a 69-69 tie and give GC breathing room. She finished with 12 for the game.
GC was paced by Devon Golden. The senior was hot early on, dropping 3 of 3 from 3-point range and eventually finishing with 21 points. She finished 4 of 5 from deep and added six rebounds, three assists and five steals to her stat sheet as the Tigers avoided a second straight home loss.
Devanny King also scored 21 points with eight rebounds and three steals.
“This was a good game off the loss for us,” said GC coach Andrea McCloskey. “We knew it wasn’t going to be an easy win. We knew the Patriots would make a run. They did, and we stayed the course and got the win.
“I’m very proud of Andrea today. She has been in a slump, but she knows it will fall. We need her to keep taking shots. Devon was on fire today as was Devanny. It’s good to see us start having games like this.”
Dace Bicane led the Patriots (13-10, 6-8) with 19 points, while Jill Herman added 15 and Erica Lane 10.
Georgetown returns to action to host University of Pikeville 6 p.m. Thursday.
Georgetown did all the damage it needed to do in the first half, going ahead 40-22 by halftime at Davis-Reid Alumni Gym.
The Tigers played on even terms with the University of the Cumberlands in the second half, winning 70-49.
GC, 17-5 overall and 7-5 in the Mid-South Conference, shot 62.5 percent in the first half and 52 percent for the game.
Monty Wilson led the Tigers with 18 points, five assists and three steals. Allan Thomas chipped in 14 points, and Deondre McWhorter had 13 points and seven rebounds.
Cumberlands (17-7, 8-6) was led by Steve Goins with 14 points, and Benito Santiago Jr. finished with 11.
Georgetown plays at home Thursday against Pikeville with tip-off at 8 p.m.