Dec. 7, 2013
THE FLATS – The Georgia Tech women’s basketball team (6-2) rolled to its fourth-straight victory, defeating Alabama A&M (0-6), 93-56, at McCamish Pavilion this evening.
Freshman Kaela Davis had an outstanding night against the Bulldogs, leading the team in both scoring and rebounding with 29 points and 14 boards. Both her 29 points and 14 rebounds are season-highs. This was Davis’s fourth game with 20+ points and her third double-double of the season.
“I think Kaela has had several games where she has gotten off to a great start,” head coach MaChelle Joseph said. “It was good to see her step up and make threes. She struggled the other night against Illinois to connect from the 3-point line so it was great to see her bounce back from that.”
Davis was hot from behind-the-arc, going 7-for-14 (.500). Her seven made 3-pointers rank second on the Tech individual single game records. The freshman leads the Yellow Jackets in both scoring with an average of 19.8 ppg, and 3-pointers made, with 27.
In addition to Davis, three other Jackets scored in double-figures. Senior Tyaunna Marshall put up 16 against Alabama A&M, while grabbing seven boards and dishing out a team-high seven assists. She also recorded three steals.
“Ty Marshall once again led the way defensively and she was making things happen on the floor,” Joseph said. “She creates so much off her defense. She gets things going defensively.”
With the win, Joseph is just one win away from hitting the 200 win milestone and is 199-124 in her career. Joseph is the only Georgia Tech women’s basketball coach to have won 60 percent of her games with a 61.6 winning percentage.
Davis scored 16 points in the first half alone, on her way to 29 total points. Marshall also had a strong first half, recording 13 points in the first 20 minutes. Whiteside was the third Jacket to have double-figures in the scoring column in the first half, scoring 11.
Georgia Tech utilized 10-0 run that featured three 3-pointers – two from Davis and one from Wallace – to open up the scoring during the game and jump to a 13-2 lead. Davis had an explosive first four minutes of the game, scoring 11 of the Jackets’ 16 points.
A 14-2 run would put Tech ahead, 27-6 with 12:25 remaining in the first half. The Bulldogs then strung together eight-straight points to climb within 13 of the Jackets’ 27-14 lead. Marshall would put Tech back on top, 38-18, after recording nine points in a span of 3:18.
Heading into halftime, the Jackets would lead 51-29. Davis went into the locker room at half just one rebound shy of recording a double-double.
Davis didn’t wait long to get her third double-double of the season, grabbing her 10th rebound of the game 2:29 into the second half.
The one-two punch of Davis and Marshall would put together a 9-0 run of their own from 15:49 to 14:12 in the second half to extend Tech’s advantage to 67-31.
The Jackets’ lead would stretch to as large as 40 points in the second half at the 10:23 mark when Dawnn Maye would pull up for a jumper to push Tech ahead, 77-37.
Tech had strong contributions in the second half from both Wallace and Rogers who scored nine and five points respectively in the second 20 minutes of play. Rogers grabbed five rebounds while dishing out one assist in the second half.
Overall, the Jacket shot 50 percent from the field (31-for-62) and outscored the Bulldogs, 25-8, on fast breaks.
The Bulldogs were lead on offense by Brittney Strickland who scored 18 points. Strickland also grabbed a team-high six rebounds while Taylor Sippial recorded four assists.
The Yellow Jackets have a 10 day break before returning to the court because of finals. The Jackets host Portland State on Tuesday, Dec. 17 at 7 p.m.