March 23, 2009
– Ninth-seeded Georgia Tech (22-9) defeated eight-seeded Iowa (21-11), 76-62. They will face top-seed Oklahoma Tuesday night at 8:30 p.m. (CT).
– Georgia Tech is now 2-4 all-time in the NCAA Tournament. They own a 2-0 record vs. Iowa.
– Georgia Tech played the game without sophomore Alex Montgomery, a third-team All-ACC selection this season and the team leader in both points per game (13.7) and rebounds per game (6.7). She has started 28 of 30 games this season, but was injured in Georgia Tech’s ACC Tournament quarterfinal game against Clemson and did not make the trip to Iowa City (dislocated kneecap).
– Georgia Tech controlled the paint the whole night, outscoring the Hawkeyes 46-12. That mark is the third-highest of the season. The team high was set in a Feb. 11 win against Savannah State (52). The Yellow Jackets had a 28-4 edge on points in the paint during the first half.
– Georgia Tech blitzed Iowa on the glass, out-rebounding the Hawkeyes 43-30. The Yellow Jackets got plenty of second chance opportunities, scoring 18 points off of 19 offensive rebounds.
– Senior guard Jacqua Williams was the game’s high scorer with 23 points (8-17 FG) and also logged 38 minutes. Freshman center Sasha Goodlett pulled down a career-high 13 rebounds while chipping in with 16 points. Two other Yellow Jackets were double-digit scorers: Iasia Hemingway (16) and Brigitte Ardossi (11).
– The Yellow Jackets’ pressure defense forced 17 Iowa turnovers and converted them into 21 points.
– Iowa was in control early, leading 12-8 before Georgia Tech went on a 17-2 run to take a 25-14 lead at the 7:11 mark. During the 7:21 stretch of time, Iowa made only one field goal (1-8) and committed four turnovers.
– Georgia Tech led 36-31 at halftime. Coming into the game, Georgia Tech was 19-0 when leading at the half. The Yellow Jackets outscored the Hawkeyes 40-31 in the second half.
– The Yellow Jackets only attempted seven three-pointers on the evening (two makes), compared to Iowa, who went 6-15 from behind the arc.
– On the season, Georgia Tech averages 67.5 points per game, but eclipsed that mark by nine Sunday night.
– Georgia Tech went 14-21 from the free-throw line (66%).