Feb. 7, 2016
SYRACUSE, N.Y. – The Georgia Tech women’s basketball team (14-10, 4-7) suffered at 71-52 defeat at -/23 Syracuse (18-6, 8-3) on Sunday afternoon at the Carrier Dome.
“I thought that in the first half, we played as bad as we could play and we were in the game. We actually had the lead at halftime,” head coach MaChelle Joseph said. “I thought in the second half, their pressing wore us down. I don’t remember a Georgia Tech team of mine ever having 35 turnovers. It’s one of those things that it’s a tough lesson to learn.”
How it Happened
Despite junior Katarina Vuckovic draining a 3-pointer to open up the game, the Yellow Jackets found themselves in a 9-3 hole 3:07 into the contest. That didn’t stop that Jackets, who then went on a 15-2 run over the final 6:29 of the first period to take an 18-11 lead into the second period.
The Yellow Jackets held onto the lead throughout the second period, taking a double-digit lead, 28-18 at 2:39 thanks to a 3-pointer from sophomore Antonia Peresson. A Tech tough defense held the Orange to zero field goals for 6:07, starting at the 6:49 mark in the second period, and the Jackets took a 30-24 lead into the locker room at halftime.
The Orange knotted up the score three minutes into the third period, 34-34 and took their first lead since the 5:33 mark in the first period, 43-39, halfway through the frame. The Jackets would come within one of Syracuse’s 45-44 lead but end the third period in a 49-46 deficit after Syracuse outscored Tech 25-16 in the third frame.
The Jackets couldn’t quite catch the Orange for the remainder of the game and fell for the fourth-straight time to Syracuse, 71-52. The Yellow Jackets’ 35 turnovers were the key factor in the loss, for the Orange scored 35 points off of Tech’s miscues.
Double-Double for Rogers
Senior Roddreka Rogers recorded her fourth double-double of the season and her 21st of her career at Syracuse with 10 points and 13 rebounds. Against the Orange, Rogers took sole ownership of third on Tech’s all-time rebounding list with 878 career rebounds. Entering into today’s game, she needed seven rebounds to surpass Kisha Fords’ 571 rebounds. Dolores Bootz is second on the all-time list with 978 career rebounds.
Rogers led the Yellow Jackets on the boards with 13 rebounds, marking her seventh time this season with double-figure rebounds. It was also her 10th game this year leading the team in rebounds. Her 21 career double-doubles are second among all active ACC players.
Whiteside a Fearless Leader at the Foul Line
Whiteside scored her first seven points on free throws and 10 of her 16 total points on shots from the charity stripe. She went 10-for-11 from the foul line against the Orange and leads the Jackets with an 84.2 free throw shooting percentage. It was her 16th time this season leading the Jackets in scoring and her 30th time in 31 games scoring in double figures. She has scored at least 10 points in every game besides one this season.
Moving Through The Record Book
- Against the Orange senior Roddreka Rogers took sole ownership of third on Tech’s all-time rebounding list with 878 career rebounds. Dolores Bootz is second on the all-time list with 978 career rebounds.
- Whiteside cracked the top 10 scoring list in Georgia Tech history at Syracuse with 16 points. She needed nine points entering into tonight’s game to tie Kate Brandt and Janie Mitchell’s 1,422 career points. After her 16 point outing against the Orange, Whiteside has sole possession of ninth with 1,429 career points. In eighth is Joyce Pierce with 1,557 career points.
- Whiteside became the all-time leader in career free throws against Boston College. Tonight she went 10-for-11 from the foul line and has 446 career made free throws.
- Antonia Peresson recorded her seventh game making at least three 3-pointers this season and her fifth game scoring in double figures. She scored 11 points against the Orange.
- This was the fourth all-time meeting between Georgia Tech and Syracuse. Syracuse leads the all-time series 4-0.
- Whiteside has now scored in double-figures in 30 out of the past 31 games, dating back to last season.
- The six points the Yellow Jackets scored in the fourth period were the least amount scored in a period this season.
Georgia Tech heads back to the Flats for two-straight games, hosting Miami on Thursday at 7 p.m. and Clemson on Sunday at 2 p.m. Both games are on ESPN3 and Sunday’s game vs. Clemson will be Georgia Tech’s Play4Kay game.