Dec. 13, 2009
In this era of the 3-pointer, Sunday’s fairly second half begged the question: How does a team go an entire half without scoring a 2-point basket?
Mississippi Valley State shot 4-for-24 (16.7 per cent) from the floor after intermission, all four baskets coming from beyond the arc. The Devilettes were 0-for-8 on 2-point attempts – this after hitting 8 of 18 2-pointers in the first half. Their five other second-half points came at the foul line.
Runs, Jackets, Runs:
In its first home game since Nov. 21, Georgia Tech literally ran away from Mississippi Valley State. Tech opened with a 10-0 run, the Devilettes scoreless through the first official timeout before finally scoring with 15:42 left in the half.
In the second half, Tech ran off 12 unanswered points before Mississippi Valley State’s Courtney O-Briant stuck a 3-pointer. The Jackets then scored 24 consecutive points in a 36-3 run to open up a 73-27 canyon before the Devilettes finally got a free throw from Ashley Brown.
The Numbers Game:
Though the weather outside was frightful, Tech sizzled from the floor from the start. The Jackets shot 61.5 per cent in the first half (16-for-26), finishing with 60.0 percent (33-for-55), their best shooting percentage in a game in 15 years. OnDec. 30, 1995, the Jackets made 63.8 per cent (44-for-69) at Fairfield in a 111-66 win.
Six Tech players scored in double figures Sunday, led by Chelsea Regins’ career-high 15 points on perfect shooting (6 of 6 from the floor, 3 of 3 from the line). Brigitte Ardossi (12 points) has now scored in double figures in six of eight games. Freshman guard Sharena Taylor had career highs in points (12) and assists (7).
An Assisted Giving Program:
Thirteen of Tech’s 16 first-half baskets came via assists. The Jackets finished by assisting on 25 of their 55 baskets.