Jan. 30, 2014
THE FLATS –The Georgia Tech women’s basketball team (13-8, 3-5 ACC) lost it second-straight conference game, losing to Clemson, 80-79, in overtime.
“I give Clemson a lot of credit,” head coach MaChelle Joseph said. “I thought offensively they really did a good job of breaking our press. I thought Kaela Davis did a great job of making plays down the stretch and keeping us in the game.”
This was the first overtime game of the season for the Yellow Jackets.
Freshman Kaela Davis led the way offensively for the Yellow Jackets, scoring a season-high 31 points. The freshman scored 17 points and knocked in three 3-pointers in the first half. This was Davis’ ninth game this season hitting the 20-point mark. The Jackets are now 6-3 when Davis scores at least 20 points.
Davis’ 30 point game marked the second time this season a Yellow Jacket has scored at least 30 points. Senior Tyaunna Marshall scored 30 points at Virginia Tech on January 23rd.
Marshall scored 19 points against the Tigers, making a career-high four 3-pointers .Sophomore Roddreka Rogers recorded her fifth double-double of the season, scoring 11 and grabbing a team-high 14 rebounds. Rogers recorded a double-double in the first meeting against Clemson this season, scoring a career-high 17 points and recording 14 rebounds.
The Jackets also made nine 3-pointers against the Clemson, the most the Jackets have made in one game since they hit eight against UTEP at the Puerto Rico Classic in December.
The Yellow Jackets broke open the game on a 7-0 run. Tech also held Clemson to without a field goal for the first four minutes of the game and forced the Tigers to turn the ball over four times in those opening minutes.
The Tigers clawed back to take an 18-16 lead with 11:06 left in the half. The Jackets regained the lead after putting together a 12-4 run that was sparked by a 3-pointer from freshman Katarina Vuckovic. Davis scored eight points in the run that would put the Jackets ahead, 31-24, at 7:41.
Clemson outscored the Jackets 12-8 at the end of the half, but Tech headed to the locker room with a five-point lead, 45-40.
The beginning of the second half was a battle between the two teams, as the Tigers kept it a close game by staying within one of the Jackets, 47-46 lead.
A 10-4 run would that lasted 3:30 would push Tech ahead 59-52 at the 10:59 mark. Davis would continue hitting the mark from behind the 3-point line, sinking her fifth 3-pointer of the game at 8:06 to bring the Jackets to a 62-56 advantage.
The Tigers would take is first lead since at the 9:55 mark in the first half when two free throw shots from Quinyotta Pettaway put the Tigers up, 67-65.
Marshall would make both shots of a one-and-one opportunity, tying up the game at 70 with 1:32 left. She would add one more free throw to put the Jackets ahead by one, 71-70 with 47 seconds left.
On the opposite end, Charmaine Tay would hit just one free throw to tie the game up, 71-71. Both the Jackets and Tigers missed their attempts to win the game, sending the game into overtime.
Davis would score two straight baskets to pull Tech within one point of Clemson’s 78-77 lead in OT, but the Tigers prevailed and handed the Jackets’ its first overtime loss of the season.
The Jackets head to Pittsburgh on Monday at 7 p.m. for the first matchup against the Panthers since December 30, 1999. The game will be on ESPN3.