Nov. 13, 2012
THE FLATS – Junior guard Tyaunna Marshall scored her 1,000th career point and the Georgia Tech women’s basketball team (1-1) routed the Kennesaw State Owls (0-2), 80-51, Tuesday night at McCamish Pavilion.
Marshall’s putback at the 8:39 mark of the first half was her 1,000th career point. She became the 26th Yellow Jacket to score 1,000 career points and just the 10th to do so before her senior year in the Gold and White.
“I think it was good for us to get back on the saddle, get back in there and get after it, try to fix some things we did wrong Sunday against Tennessee,” head coach MaChelle Joseph said. “I thought we did a better job of getting into our presses tonight and got our transition game going.”
Marshall finished the night with 14 points on 6-of-8 shooting, nine rebounds and added four assists. The Upper Marlboro, Md., native has scored in double digits in 56 career games and narrowly missed her sixth career double-double. Classmate Dawnn Maye tossed in 12 points, grabbed eight rebounds and dished out five assists.
“It is definitely an honor to score 1,000 points,” Marshall said. “I try to work hard for my team. This is just one accomplishment for me and I have many more to go. We want to win a championship and play to the best of our ability. Scoring is what I have to do to play my role to help our team win.”
The Yellow Jackets held Kennesaw State without a field goal until the 12:50 mark of the first half. By that time, Tech had built a 19-4 lead. From there, the Jackets would continue to roll, leading 44-18 at the half. It was the most first half points since scoring 50 in the opening 20 against NC State in the ACC Tournament Semifinals last year.
Georgia Tech finished the first half shooting 48 percent while holding Kennesaw State to just 22 percent.
The Yellow Jackets held the Owls without a field goal for the first three and a half minutes of the second half, and extended their lead to as many as 38 eight minutes into the final frame. With the lead secure, Joseph gave extended minutes to the Tech bench with five different Yellow Jackets playing at least 14 minutes off the bench.
Freshman Brittany Jackson added nine points, including three 3-pointers. Senior Danielle Hamilton-Carter, along with sophomore Sydney Wallace and freshman Nariah Taylor all added eight points. In total, 12 different Yellow Jackets scored for Georgia Tech. Redshirt-junior Shayla Bivins pulled in a game-high 11 rebounds while freshman Roddreka Rogers added nine boards.
Georgia Tech will conclude its season-opening three-game homestand against the Marquette Golden Eagles on Sunday, Nov. 18, at 2 p.m. Fans who bring a new, unwrapped toy to donate to the Georgia Tech Student-Athlete Advisory Board’s Michael Isenhour Toy Drive can purchase a ticket for just $2. All the toys collected will be donated to the Atlanta Children’s Shelter.
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