Feb. 1, 2015
THE FLATS – Four Yellow Jackets scored in double figures to help the Georgia Tech women’s basketball team (14-9, 4-5 ACC) defeat Virginia Tech (10-12, 1-8 ACC), 79-71, at McCamish Pavilion on Sunday afternoon.
“I’m really proud of the bounce back ability of our team,” head coach MaChelle Joseph said. “We came off of a tough loss on Friday night and then in less than 48 hours later we turned around and played a very competitive Virginia Tech team. I thought that our players stepped up and made plays when they needed to and got stops when they needed to.”
Georgia Tech shot 47.2 percent from the field (25-for-53) and was 52.6 percent (10-for-19) from behind the three point line. The Yellow Jackets’ 10 made 3-pointers mark the sixth time this season that they have made at least 10 shots from behind the arc in a game. Freshman Antonia Peresson had a team-high five made 3-pointers, while junior Aaliyah Whiteside had four and sophomore Kaela Davis made one.
Four Yellow Jackets scored in double figures against the Hokies, marking the seventh time this season that at least four Jackets have hit the double figure mark. Georgia Tech was led on offense for the second-straight game by Whiteside who scored a team-high 19 points and led the Jackets with five assists. Whiteside has scored in double figures in 15 games this season and has hit the double figure mark in nine of the past 10 games.
Peresson scored a career-high 17 points on 5-for-8 3-point shooting while going 2-for-2 from the foul line. Davis also scored 17 points for Georgia Tech and grabbed eight rebounds while recording a team-high two steals. Davis has scored in double figures in 22 out of 23 games this year.
Freshman Zaire O’Neil recorded her third double-double of the season, leading the Jackets with 10 rebounds and scoring 15 points. This is the third time O’Neil has led Georgia Tech In rebounding in a game. She also handed out four assists. Junior Roddreka Rogers score nine points and had seven rebounds while dishing out three assists in tonight’s win.
The lead bounced back and forth and featured eight lead changes in the first 14 minutes of play between the two schools that were meeting for the 13th time in school history. The Jackets began to pull away after Whiteside scored five-straight points, including her third 3-pointer of the afternoon, to give Tech a 31-27 lead at 6:51 in the first half. Whiteside hit double figures in the first 13:09 of the game and scored 11 of her 19 points in the first half.
Peresson would tack on five more points for the Jackets, including her second make from the behind the arc, to give the Jackets a 36-29 advantage against the Hokies with 3:24 to go until the break.
The Hokies would cut the Jackets’ lead to two points, 39-37, heading into the locker room after Rachel Camp scored a layup with one second left in the half.
The Hokies were quick to tie up the score at 39-39 in the beginning of the second half which set the tone for the next 12 minutes. The score remained close between the two teams until the Yellow Jackets put together a 12-2 run to go ahead by eight points, 62-54, with 7:20 remaining in the game. Georgia Tech kept at least a four point lead for the remainder of the game and held off the Hokies to win, 79-71.
The Yellow Jackets return to the court on Sunday, Feb. 8 when they host Syracuse at 2 p.m. at McCamish Pavilion.