No. 22 Yellow Jackets Fall to No. 25/22 Virginia, 57-55

Jan. 24, 2010

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Brigitte Ardossi led four Yellow Jackets in double-figures but the 22nd-ranked Georgia Tech women’s basketball team (16-5, 2-3 ACC) fell, 57-55, to No. 25/22 Virginia (14-5, 3-2) Sunday afternoon at the John Paul Jones Arena.

Ardossi finished with a team-high 18 points and seven rebounds. Deja Foster added 11 points and seven rebounds and Sasha Goodlett and Alex Montgomery scored 11 points apiece for the Jackets.

“I was pleased with how we played in the first half,” head coach MaChelle Joseph said. “We were able to hold a lead at the half after not scoring for four minutes. I was also proud of how my team at bounced back after being down in the second half. When you have a chance to win in the end at a place like Virginia is tremendous.”

The Yellow Jackets sprinted out of the gate, opening a 13-point lead over the Cavaliers with 9:05 remaining in the first half. Virginia, who was without All-American guard Monica Wright most of the half due to foul trouble, stormed all the way back to take a 21-20 lead with 4:45 remaining. Tech would regain its lead and enter the locker room up 26-25.

The Cavs opened the second half on a 10-4 run over the first three minutes to take a 35-30 lead on the Jackets. Tech would fall behind by as much as 13 but fought all the way back to within three points with seven seconds remaining. Freshman Sharena Taylor drove down court but was fouled by Whitny Edwards to go to the line for one-and-one. She connected on the first but the rebound of her ensuing intentional miss wound up out-of-bounds ending the game.

Wright led Virginia with a game-high 23 points and grabbed five boards. Lexie Gerson added 10 points for the Cavaliers.

The Yellow Jackets will return to Atlanta for a two-game homestand beginning Wednesday evening against Miami. Tip-off at Alexander Memorial Coliseum is slated for 7 p.m.


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