Two days after beating the LSU-A Generals, the Gold Nuggets hosted the Georgetown College Tigers on Dec.1—and won for the fourth straight game.
On the first game of a back-to-back, the Nuggets hit the court running—literally. Within the first few minutes of the first quarter, the Nuggets amassed a 23-4 lead over the Tigers. They did so by swinging the ball around the perimeter, attacking the goal, and putting the ball in the post.
“Our shooting hasn’t been consistent all year, but we can make shots,” said the Nuggets’ head coach, Bo Browder. “Everybody in the country right now thinks we’re the worst shooting team in the country. “
According to Browder, sometimes the Nuggets go through spurts where they might not make a shot, and there might be times where they make seven or eight. The first quarter was one of those spurts where it seemed the ball always found the bottom of the net for the Nuggets, who ended up finishing the first quarter with 26 points. The Tigers had six.
However, the Tigers outscored the Nuggets by four points in the second quarter. Although the Nuggets still held a 34-18 lead at the half, the momentum had swung in favor of the Tigers.
“Our defense lacked up,” Browder explained, on why the Tigers were able to swing the momentum their way.
Also during the first half, Nuggets’ player Jalyn Hodge went down with an apparent shoulder injury. Browder said he will have more news Monday regarding her situation, which means Hodge is a possible out for their Dec. 2 game against Our Lady of the Lake.
By the end of the third quarter, the Tigers decreased the Nuggets’ lead to seven. However, the Nuggets started the fourth quarter on a 7-0 run and never looked back.
“We have to just keep getting better. We have to keep working on things,” Browder said. “It’s early in the year, we have a bunch of players that have gotten hurt. We just gotta keep battling through some things.”
This was the third consecutive game the Nuggets have held a team to under 50 points. Browder said if they can continue like such defensively and shoot more consistently, he likes their chances for success within the rest of the season.
Taylor Jones, Essence Wells, and Jayla Nichols all scored 11 points for the Nuggets. Jones was 3-of-3 from the perimeter. The Nuggets had a season low 12 turnovers.
The next game for the Nuggets will be Dec. 2, the second game of their back-to-back. The Nuggets will face off against Our Lady of the Lake in the Convocation Center at 5.
“The pass four games now have went into overtime or somebody ended up winning by 1 or 2 points,” Browder said. “So it’s going to be a battle tomorrow. We just have to focus in and get them some rest and recovery right now.”