By: Justin Grube, Shawnee State (Ohio) Sports Information Director
PORTSMOUTH, Ohio – Women's basketball jumped out to a 20 point lead in the opening half Saturday against No. 6 Georgetown before holding off the Tigers, 70-63. The win, which came during the University's Homecoming Weekend, gives the Bears (11-11, 4-7 MSC) a season sweep against the Tigers (15-4, 9-2 MSC) as Shawnee State is the only team to beat Georgetown in conference play to date.
Alannah Sheets and Priscila Santos each scored 16 points to lead the team, while Diane Abbady finished with 14 points in the victory. Abby Feuchter also added nine points and four assists, while not committing a turnover. Tabby McKinney finished the game with a team-high five assists.
Shawnee State shot 16-of-31 from the field in the opening half. On the defensive end, the Bears limited the Tigers to just 8-of-29 from the field in the opening 20 minutes. This strong effort on both ends allowed the Bears to go up by 10 points, 17-7, just under seven minutes into the game.
The Bears would basically play even with the Tigers until there was 8:42 left in the opening half. Leading 22-13, SSU went on an 8-0 run to take a 39-13 lead with seven minutes remaining in the opening half. The final six points of that run came off the shooting of Santos.
Fueled in part by a great Homecoming crowd, the Bears would use another 6-0 run with all of these points coming from Santos to lead by 20, 36-16, with four minutes to go in the opening half. They would match that lead two minutes later after another basket from Santos made the score 38-18. The Tigers would shave four points off of that lead before the half and trailed 40-24 heading into the locker rooms at halftime.
As hot and cold and the opposing sides where in the opening half, it was a complete role reversal during the first seven minutes of the second half as Georgetown went on a 16-3 run in the opening minutes, cutting the lead to 43-40 with 13:01 to play.
The Shawnee State lead would never get under three points but Georgetown would make it a one possession game on three more occasions. The final three point lead the Bears held came with 6:06 showing on the scoreboard with SSU up 55-52. This time the Bears got a pair of field goals in the paint from Ali Zieverink and Abbady on back-to-back offensive possessions to go back up seven.
Georgetown would work the Shawnee State lead down to four points with exactly one minute on the clock and the Bears holding onto a 64-60 advantage. Sheets and Feuchter would get to the free throw line during each of the Bears next two offensive possessions. They would each drop both of their free throws to put the Bears up eight. Georgetown hit a trey on its next offensive trip but two more free throws from Feuchter in the final seconds made it a 70-63 final in favor of the Bears.
Shawnee State ended up going 23-of-64 from the field, compared to 22-of-50 for the Tigers. The Bears came up with eight steals, including a team-high three from McKinney, while Georgetown forced six SSU turnovers in this fashion. However, the two teams combined turned the ball over just 19 times. The big different for the Bears came at the free throw line where they were 22-of-30, while Georgetown got to the line just 18 times, making 14 of those attempts.