March 17, 2012
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With the win, the Tigers (24-9) become the second Mid-South team to reach the semifinals in the 32-year history of the event. Georgetown will square off against the winner of Union (Tenn.)/Biola (Calif.) at 8 p.m. on Monday at the Frankfort Convention Center.
Lawrence scored a career-high 27 points – 20 in the second half -- on 7-for-8 shooting from the field and an 11-for-13 night at the foul line, both career-bests. She now owns a team-high 52 points in Georgetown’s three tournament games. Lawrence averaged only 4.7 points per game during the regular season.
Georgetown, who trailed 35-32 at the end of the first half, found itself down 42-36 with less than sixteen minutes remaining following a Madison Harris jumper. However, the Tigers answered with a 9-0 run before the Hillcat’s Ariani Silva hit a 3-pointer to tie the score at 45.
Another Tiger surge, highlighted by seven points from Lawrence, pushed their advantage out to nine points, 56-47, with 8:45 left in regulation. Despite the deficit, Rogers State made one final run, pulling back within one, 58-57, late in the half, but Georgetown proved too strong down the stretch. The Tigers made 7-of-9 free throws over the last four minutes to seal the victory.
In addition to Lawrence, Georgetown had two others in double-digits with Devon Golden scoring 11 points and Jessica Waddle adding 10 points and tying a team-high with seven boards.
As a team, Georgetown finished the game shooting 39.6 percent (21-of-53) from the field and shot 80.0 percent (24-of-30) at the foul line, including an 18-for-21 effort in the second half.
Logan Froese led Rogers State with 21 points, while Gianna Woods had a game-high 14 rebounds. The Hillcats finished the contest 23-of-63 from the field, good for 36.5 percent.
Rogers State, who was making its first quarterfinal appearance in just its second trip to the national tournament, concludes the season with a 22-12 record.