RIO GRANDE, Ohio — Kourtney Tyra had a game-high 19 points and seven assists to pace five players in double figures for 13th-ranked Georgetown College, as the Tigers rolled to a 94-68 win over the University of Rio Grande, Saturday afternoon, in Mid-South Conference women’s basketball action.
Georgetown, which is coached by former Rio Grande player and assistant coach Andrea (Jones) McCloskey, improved to 15-6 overall and 9-3 in the MSC.
The RedStorm slipped to 6-15 overall and 0-12 in league play.
The Tigers, ranked No. 13 in the most recent NAIA Division I coaches poll, never trailed and twice led by as many as 11 points in the first half before Rio Grande drew to within 32-30 after the second of back-to-back baskets by sophomore forward Tinesha Taylor with 3:30 left before the intermission.
Georgetown proceeded to reel off seven straight points, though, to push its lead back to nine and eventually settled for a seven-point edge, 43-36, at the halftime break.
Rio Grande got no closer the rest of the afternoon.
The RedStorm were still within striking distance, trailing 48-40, after junior guard Kate Hammond hit two of three free throws with 17:24 remaining, but the Tigers turned the game into a blowout with a subsequent 26-8 run over the next 10 minutes.
Georgetown’s biggest lead of the day was 32 points, which came twice in the game’s final 3:30minutes.
Lizza Jonas added 17 points and a game-high five steals in the winning effort for the Tigers, while Devanny King also netted 17 points and Devon Golden finished with 12 points and a game-high 16 rebounds.
Jessica Foster completed GC’s double-digit quintet with 10 points off the bench.
The Tigers shot 51.8 percent from the field for the game (29-for-56), including 55.2 percent in the second half (16-for-29), and outscored Rio 29-10 at the free throw line.
Hammond led the RedStorm in scoring with 17 points, while Taylor had 11 points and a team-high seven rebounds. Freshman forward Sarah Bonar also had 11 points and shared team honors with senior guard Shardai Morrison-Fountain with four steals.
Rio Grande opens a nearly month-long, six-game road swing on Thursday night at Lindsey Wilson College. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. EST.