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Morgan, Swartz Lead Jackets Past Belmont, 59-55

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Georgia Tech women’s basketball closed out this five-game road swing picking up a 59-55 road win at Belmont on Sunday afternoon in the Curb Event Center. Cameron Swartz and Tonie Morgan combined for 34 points in Tech’s second win over the Bruins in a week, pushing Tech to 7-2 on the season.

Both teams struggled from the floor in the first half, but Georgia Tech dominated on the glass, winning the battle, 31-15, paced by eight (including five offensive) from Kayla Blackshear. Tech converted 12 offensive rebounds in the half into 11 points as the Jackets led 31-21 at intermission. Swartz led Tech offensively with 19 points in the opening 20 minutes, hitting double-figures with 10 points in the first quarter.

The Jackets opened a 14-4 lead off Swartz’s second three-pointer at 2:18 in the first. Tech would push its lead out to as many as 13 points multiple times in the second quarter before Belmont cut its deficit to five points, 24-19, using an 8-0 spurt. Nerea Hermosa snapped the momentum as Tech closed the half with a 7-2 run of their own, fueled by five points from Swartz for the 31-21 halftime tally.

Belmont went 11-for-12 at the free throw line in the third quarter to close the score to 41-38 to start the fourth period. The Bruins immediately knotted the score to open the frame, 41-41, but Morgan answered with an old-fashioned three-point play as Tech kept hold of a narrow lead.

Reflective of the first meeting between the programs, Belmont led 53-52 after a Madison Bartley three-pointer with 4:07 remaining in the game. Morgan and Blackshear put Tech back on top, 58-53, capped by another old-fashioned three-point play from Morgan as the clock wound down to 1:10 remaining. Belmont was able to connect on a layup, but the Yellow Jackets’ defense closed the game strong for the final 59-55 victory.

Tonie Morgan finished with 15 points, 11 coming in the second half, five rebounds, two steals and an assist on Sunday. Photos by Sam Simpkins | Belmont University Photography 

Swartz led all players with 19 points, followed by Morgan who finished with 15 points, 11 coming in the second half. The Yellow Jackets won the battle on the glass, 49-37, led by 10 rebounds from Blackshear. Amongst Tech’s 49 rebounds, 21 came on the offensive end with Blackshear accounting for seven.

Belmont had two players in double-figures – Destinee Wells (15) and Tuti Jones (10), but the Bruins were plagued offensively, connecting on just 32.7 percent (18-55) from the floor. A strong free throw shooting team, Belmont went 15-for-18 at the charity stripe and committed only eight turnovers. Tech finished 12-for-16 at the free throw line and had nine turnovers.

Closing out this five-game road swing at 4-1, Georgia Tech returns home for the first time in three weeks on Sunday, Dec. 11 to welcome Central Michigan. Tip is slated for 1 p.m. against the Chippewas and will be broadcast on ACC Network Extra.



Competitive Drive Initiative

In a unified endeavor, Georgia Tech, the Georgia Tech Foundation, Georgia Tech athletics and the Alexander-Tharpe Fund have come together to accelerate funding for student-athlete scholarships with the launch of the Competitive Drive Initiative. The initiative kicks off with the Accelerate GT Match Program, where any new gift to the A-T Fund’s Athletic Scholarship Fund made through Dec. 31 will be matched dollar-for-dollar by the Georgia Tech Foundation, up to $2.5 million. Should Accelerate GT reach its $2.5 million fundraising goal, the matching gift would result in a $5 million impact for Georgia Tech athletics. To learn more and to contribute online, visit


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