No. 21 Georgia Tech Holds Off Maryland, 61-60

Feb. 5, 2010

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COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Georgia Tech junior Alex Montgomery knocked down a pair of free-throws with six seconds left to lead the 21st-ranked Yellow Jackets (19-5, 5-3 ACC) to a 61-60 victory over Maryland (16-7, 3-5) Friday afternoon.

Montgomery, who was fouled on a three-point attempt with six seconds left in the game, made two-of-three free-throw attempts to put the Jackets up 61-59. On a drive to the basket, the Terrapins Anjale Barrett was bumped on the way to the hoop. She hit the first free-throw attempt but her second shot bounced off the rim to give Tech the victory.

Montgomery led all scorers with 20 points. Senior Brigitte Ardossi finished with 15 points, her 17th straight game in double-figures, and six rebounds. This marked the Jackets first win in Maryland since 2001 and it was the program’s 500th victory.

“I really proud of our effort today, especially on the defensive end,” head coach MaChelle Joseph. “Any time you hold a Maryland team to 60 points on the road is a good thing. Alex made some very aggressive plays throughout the game and her free-throws were huge at the end.

The Yellow Jackets raced out to a 19-4 lead over the first 11 minutes of the game behind nine points from Montgomery. Maryland was able to close the gap but a Metra Walthour three-point basket as time expired to give the Jackets a 37-25 lead heading into the locker room. Tech forced the Terrapins into 17 first-half turnovers and scored 17 points off of them.

Tech came out over the first five minutes of the second half and opened a 48-31 lead on the Terps but a 14-2 run by the home team over the next six minutes cut the Yellow Jackets lead to 50-45 with 7:42 left in the game.

Ardossi hit a pair of free throws for the Jackets to push Tech’s lead to 52-45 but Maryland would answer with a 7-0 run to knot the score at 52-52 with 5:25 remaining.

Maryland took its first lead of the game when Kim Rodgers made the score 55-54 when she connected on a three-pointer from the corner at the 4:50 mark. Tech’s Sasha Goodlett answered back with a lay-up to give the Jackets a 56-55 lead heading into the final media timeout of regulation.

With the score tied at 57, Montgomery hit a jumper to give the Yellow Jackets a two-point advantage with 42 seconds left. The Terrapins Lynetta Kizer would knock down a pair of free throws to knot the game up once again with 31 seconds on the clock.

Rodgers and Lori Bjork led Maryland with 11 points apiece. Kizer finished with eight points and nine boards off the bench.

The Yellow Jackets will continue their two-game road trip Monday evening when they travel to Clemson. The game at Littlejohn Coliseum is slated to begin at 7:00 p.m.

-RamblinWreck.com-

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