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Georgetown Holds Off Avila, 80-71

March 16, 2012
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FRANKFORT, Ky. – (Box Score; Coach Interview) Georgetown (Ky.) advances to the quarterfinals of the 2012 NAIA Division I Women’s Basketball National Championship presented by Kentuckytourism.com for the first time since 2005, following a 80-71 victory against Avila (Mo.) Friday night at the Frankfort Convention Center.

With the win, the Tigers improve to 23-9 on the season and advance to play the winner of Shorter (Ga.) and Rogers State (Okla.) on Saturday at 6 p.m.

Avila opened the contest scoring 15 of the games initial 21 points, including a combined nine points from Victoria Murillo and Brittany Townsend. However, Georgetown stormed back with a 14-5 run, capped by a Dev King field goal to tie the score, 20-20, midway through the half. The Tigers continued to ride the hot hand of Devon Golden, who finished the first half with 12 points on 5-of-6 shooting, en route to a 43-34 lead at the break.

Georgetown finished the period shooting 45.5 percent (15-of-33) from the field, including seven 3-pointers, while also outrebounding the Eagles, 24-14.

Georgetown extended its advantage to 57-36 just five minutes into the second half when Jessica Waddle capped a 13-2 run with a 3-pointer from the top of the key. The Tigers cooled from that point forward, but their dominance on the glass allowed Georgetown to ride the double-digit lead until the final minute when Avila’s Courtney Gimlin connected on a 3-pointer to make it a 80-71 game with one minute remaining.

Amidst the chaos of the final minute, Avila only mustered one shot attempt on a Jackie Wacha jumper that fell off the mark.

Georgetown finished the game with five different players recording at least six rebounds, as the Tigers held a dominating, 42-27, advantage on the glass. Golden paced the Tiger offense with 20 points on 8-of-13 shooting, while Mikkah Rogers scored 13 points and Angie Lawrence added 12 points off the bench.

Avila concluded the contest shooting 47.5 percent (28-of-59) from the field. Courtney Gimlin led four Eagles in double-digits with 20 points, while Victoria Murillo narrowly missed a triple-double with 10 points, eight assists and seven steals.

Avila ends its season with a 22-11 overall record.
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