Georgetown College of Kentucky shot a scorching 53% in the second half to overcome a 44-39 halftime deficit as the Tigers held on to beat the NGU women (5-6) 95-81 at Hayes Gymnasium Wednesday night.
Jayme Gilbert and Ashley Bell each scored 24 points, which included six three pointers between them, to lead Georgetown. Amanda Milner scored 20 points and pulled down 12 rebounds, Nikki Wood scored 15 points and Mindy Greenstone came off the bench to score 11 points for NGU.
NGU had a 24-10 lead at the 12:00 minute mark of the first half, but Georgetown went on a 17-4 run to take the lead with 6:03 left. Freshman Karly Stache drained her third three pointer of the first half for NGU with five minutes left and the Crusaders battled back to lead by five at the half.
Georgetown, which was held to 28% shooting by NGU’s pressure defense in the first half, then got red-hot and dominated the offensive glass in the second half. They out-scored NGU 56-37 in the second 20 minutes and Bell scored 17 second half points, with four 3’s in the final five minutes to seal the game for the Tigers.
The Crusaders battled back from a 10 point deficit with 5:55 left, and cut the lead to four at 80-76 with 3:50 left. However, Bell knocked down two quick 3’s and Gilbert added another with 1:14 left to put the game out of reach for NGU.
NGU will next travel to Virginia to play Chowan on Saturday, Jan. 10, and will play Tusculum in Tennessee on Tuesday, Jan. 13. Their next home game is Thursday, Jan. 15 against Allen University at 5:30 p.m.