Dec. 22, 2010
Portland, Ore. – The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets began their two game tour of the Pacific Northwest with a 69-53 win over the Portland State Vikings in Portland, Ore., on Tuesday night. With the win, Tech improved to 8-4 on the season while the Vikings drop to 8-6.
Leading the way for Tech was senior Alex Montgomery who finished with 14 points and nine rebounds despite playing only 22 minutes. Junior center Sasha Goodlett was 6-of-7 from the field and finished with 13 points. Metra Walthour, Tyaunna Marshall and Chelsea Regins each tossed in eight points. Sophomore Danielle Hamilton-Carter, playing only her second collegiate game, finished with three points, all of which came at the free throw line, and five rebounds in 15 minutes.
After shooting a blistering 60.7 percent in the first half en route to 41 points, the most Tech has posted in the first half all year and tying the most the Jackets have tallied in any half this season.
The Jackets’ built a 20-point lead, 34-14, by holding the Vikings to one field goal and two free throws over 3:39 late in the first half. The Vikings battled back 39-27 with 28 seconds left in the half, but that would be as close as PSU got the rest of the way.
Both teams began the game looking very sluggish, and neither side scored until Marshall converted a layup at the 18:19 mark. Montgomery hit her first of four first half threes two minutes in. The Tech defense stifled the Viking offense and held PSU without a field goal for over five minutes to begin the contest, finally getting on the board with Eryn Jones’ three-pointer.
Tech mustered only 38 percent from the field in the second half, but the Jacket defense held the Vikings to only 32 percent. The Jackets won the battle of the boards, 44-29, for the 10th time in 12 games, but managed to pull down only 10 offensive boards while the Vikings were able to grab 11 on the offensive glass.
The Jackets will make the three hour trip up I-5 to Seattle, Wash., for Thursday night’s contest with the Washington Huskies. UW is 5-3 after defeating Western Michigan, 59-40, Dec. 20. Tip-off is set for 5 p.m. PT (8 p.m. ET) at the Hec Edmundson Pavilion on the Washington campus. Fans can listen live at WREK.org, follow live stats through RamblinWreck.com or on Twitter @GTWBB.