Freshman point guard Angie Lawrence scored a career-high 27 points to lead Georgetown past Rogers State 70-63 Saturday night in the NAIA women's national tournament in Frankfort.
The Tigers (24-9) will make their first appearance in the Fab Four on Monday night against Union (Tenn.), which has a 34-2 record. Oklahoma City (33-1) plays Lubbock Christian (28-5) in the other semifinal game.
Entering the tournament, Lawrence had scored only 75 points this season. But the Rockcastle County graduate who made the winning basket in last year's Sweet 16 championship has 52 points in three games in Frankfort. On Saturday, she had career highs in field goals (seven) and free throws (11).
Lawrence scored seven of Georgetown's nine points in the final 2:01 after Rogers State had cut the lead to 62-59.
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It's the second year in a row the Mid-South sent a team to the national semifinals. Shawnee State advanced last season.
Creighton bus driver has heart attack
Creighton Coach Greg McDermott said a bus driver transporting the Bluejays to the Greensboro Coliseum on Sunday in North Carolina had an apparent heart attack on the way to the game.
Bill Burrus, a bus driver out of Nashville came in to work the tournament. He had no affiliation with the team.
He pulled over the bus safely and received medical attention. A new bus driver was brought in. It caused the Bluejays to be a little later than expected, but CBS had moved the game back 15 minutes before the incident.
McDermott called it "a scary deal" and said "his health and how his family's doing is certainly more important than who wins or loses a basketball game."
Burrus' status is unknown.
Source: St. John's freshman to turn pro
A person familiar with the decision says St. John's forward Moe Harkless, the Big East Rookie of the Year, has decided to apply for early entry to the NBA Draft.
The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the decision has not yet been announced.
The school called a news conference for Monday at Madison Square Garden. Both Harkless and Coach Steve Lavin are scheduled to attend.
The 6-foot-8 Harkless is one of five freshmen who started 12 games for the Red Storm (13-19) this season. He averaged 15.5 points and 8.5 rebounds, which puts him sixth and second, respectively, among freshmen nationally.
When Harkless was honored during the Big East Tournament he said he was going to talk with his coaches and family before making a decision, saying the NBA is every kid's dream.
Iowa scores 97 in NIT, loses
E.J. Singler scored 25 points, Olu Ashaolu had 22 points, and Oregon defeated Iowa 108-97 in the second round of the NIT on Sunday in Eugene, Ore.
Carlos Emory also had 19 points, and Devoe Joseph and Garrett Sim scored 15 each for the Ducks (24-9), who rallied from a 15-point deficit in the first half to advance to the quarterfinals and a game against Pac-12 rival Washington in Seattle on Tuesday. The winner heads to the NIT Final Four in New York City on March 27.