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JACKSON, Tenn. – No. 10-seed Georgetown (Ky.) College became the first seeded team to fall in the NAIA Division I Women’s Basketball National Tournament when the Lady Tigers were knocked off by unseeded Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) College 81-66 in first-round play Thursday afternoon at Oman Arena.
Lewis-Clark State, which reached the semifinals in last year’s national tourney, featured a balanced attack with six players in double figures. The Warriors took the lead for good when freshman center Kendra West converted inside at the 14:21 mark of the first half, giving her team a 12-11 lead. Lewis-Clark State then built a five-point (34-29) lead at the half and extended its advantage to as many as 18 points in the second half.
The Warriors’ defense limited Georgetown (26-8) to 31.6 percent (24-of-76) shooting, including a 30 percent mark (12-of-40) in the first half. Meanwhile, Lewis-Clark State (23-10) connected on 47.6 percent (30-of-63) of its field goal tries, and hit 6-of-12 three-pointers.
Individually, 6-foot-3 senior center Katarina Gabaniova topped Lewis-Clark State’s effort with 12 points and 12 rebounds. Senior guard Brianne Kottwitz and sophomore guard Jessica Foot added 11 points apiece, followed by junior forward Kyla Harris, junior guard Shanta Coleman, and West with 10 each.
Georgetown senior forward Stephanie Crable posted a double-double for the Lady Tigers with 16 points and 10 boards. Freshman guard Neely Thomas came off the bench to contribute 16 points, including 3-of-5 shooting from three-point range. Sophomore guard Rachel Vincent was also in double figures with 15.
Lewis-Clark State will be bidding for its third straight trip to the national quarterfinals when the Warriors face seventh-seeded North Georgia College (31-3) in a second-round contest at 10:45 a.m. CST Friday at Oman Arena.
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