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No. 9 Georgetown women handle Phoenix 87-53

Jan. 24—GEORGETOWN, Ky. — No. 9 Georgetown's women showed defensive prowess that translated to offensive success in a 87-53 win over Cumberland last Saturday at the Davis Reid Alumni Gymnasium.

Cumberland (7-10, 0-4 Mid-South Conference) had a tall task taking as the Tigers proved why they are a top 10 team. Georgetown held the Phoenix to 31.5% shooting from the field and 0-for-7 from 3, CU's second-consecutive game without a three. The visitors were forced into 20 turnovers that led to 26 points for the home team.

Kayla Gordon extended her 20-plus points streak to five games finishing with a game-high 23 points on 8-of-18 shooting and hit 7 of 12 free throws. Jana Claire Swafford added nine points while Lindsey Freeman finished with seven points and 12 rebounds. No other Phoenix had more than two points in the contest.

Georgetown (17-2, 2-1 MSC) shot 42.9% from the field and drilled 10 3-pointers. The Tigers had four players in double figures led by Teionni McDaniel with 22 on 10-of-13 shooting. Ellie Wilkerson had 12 points on 5-of-10 shooting. Erin Toller added 11 points and Trinity Klock posted 10, all in the second quarter.

Cumberland started the first quarter with a basket from Gordon to grab the lead early and she followed with two free throws to grab a 4-0 lead. Leading 8-4, Georgetown responded to tie the game at 9-9 on 5-1 spurt and continued to push that out to lead 13-9 at the media timeout.

Over the final five minutes of the first, Georgetown pushed the lead up to eight at 21-13 before Alyssa Goerhing had a putback for a 21-15 score.

Emaleigh Tarpley scored the first points of the second quarter on a scoop layup, but it was Trinity Klock off the bench that sparked the Tigers second. Klock scored 10 points in the quarter for the Tigers with seven boards to help GC pull ahead by 15 at the half, 41-26.

Cumberland hung around the 15-point deficit for most of the third, but in the final minute of the quarter, the Tigers drained back-to-back threes to get up by 20, 61-41.

Georgetown started the fourth with a 12-0 run to get up by 32 and then finished out the game to 87-53.

The Phoenix are off this Thursday and will prepare for their fourth conference game on the road this coming Saturday at Lindsey Wilson.