Jan. 15, 2012
Chestnut Hill, Mass. – Senior center Sasha Goodlett finished with career-highs of 26 points and 16 rebounds to lead the Georgia Tech women’s basketball team (13-5, 3-2 ACC) to a 68-58 win at Boston College (5-12, 0-4 ACC) Sunday afternoon at Conte Forum.
It was the first Yellow Jacket win at Conte Forum in four tries since the Eagles joined the ACC.
“Sasha has been playing consistently well throughout the course of the season,” head coach MaChelle Joseph said. “She’s really become our focal point on offense, but she does so many things on the defensive end with her rebounding and ability to alter shots. I think she’s one of the top five players in the ACC. She’s averaging almost 20 points per game in ACC play. She’s been a very dominant force for us on the inside.”
Goodlett was a one woman show in the first half, tallying her fifth double-double of the season by halftime with 16 points and 10 rebounds.
However, the Yellow Jackets began the game shooting about as cold as the Boston weather Sunday afternoon, making only one of their first seven shots, but good free throw shooting and defense kept Tech close early.
The Jackets made 12 of their 15 first half free throws and held BC without field goal for nearly eight minutes late in the first half as Tech claimed a halftime advantage, 33-27, for the 14th time this year.
While Goodlett dominated the first half, sophomore Tyaunna Marshall and senior Metra Walthour led Tech out of the halftime break. Walthour knocked down a 3-pointer barely 15 seconds into the second half. Marshall got a fastbreak layup off an outlet pass from Dawnn Maye, recovered a BC turnover and laid in another basket, forcing a quick Eagle timeout.
Walthour got her second 3-pointer of the opening two minutes, giving Tech its biggest lead of the game, 43-29.
The Eagles cut the Georgia Tech lead to three, 57-54, with 6:14 to play, but the Yellow Jackets held BC to only one field goal the rest of the way. It is the second time in as many games in which the Jacket defense stifled the opponent’s offense down the stretch, leading to a Tech win.
Marshall had just four points at half and finished with 15, while Walthour added 11 second half points to finish with 14.
Georgia Tech will return to the Arena at Gwinnett to face the Duke Blue Devils on January 18 at 7 p.m. Fans can buy $2 tickets by using the promotional code “SELLOUT” when purchasing tickets and are encouraged to wear gold against the top-10 ranked Blue Devils.
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