Dec. 18, 2009
KENNESAW, Ga. (AP) – Mo Bennett’s improvement is paying off for No. 25 Georgia Tech.
Bennett had a career-high 23 points to lead five double-figure scorers and added 11 rebounds and Georgia Tech routed Kennesaw State 94-48 Friday night.
“We recruited Mo to be a scorer and she is coming into her own,” coach MaChelle Joseph said. “She worked hard this summer and it has really helped her mid-range game.”
Bennett scored 19 points against No. 1 Connecticut as a freshman last season, but she finished the season averaging 3.5 points.
“I think it jinxed her,” Joseph said of the big game against UConn. “The rest of the year she struggled. But she has shown what she is capable of this season.”
“Coach told me that I had to step up to play a bigger role this year and that’s what I’m trying to do,” Bennett said. “I have a lot more confidence.”
Brandi Jones scored 13 points and Sametria Gideon added 12 for Kennesaw State (4-5). The Owls shot 28 percent.
Georgia Tech shot 54.8 percent in the first half while building a 48-18 lead.
“This is the best team that Georgia Tech has had and I think they will just keep getting better,” KSU coach Colby Tilley said. “Unfortunately, we have to play them two more years.”
The Yellow Jackets rested leading scorer Alex Montgomery, who is coming back from knee surgery. The returning third-team All-ACC pick has played in just half of Georgia Tech’s 10 games, averaging 12.2 points. She scored 16 on Wednesday against Oregon.
The Yellow Jackets host Arizona on Sunday and play at Georgia State on Tuesday.
“She’ll play against Arizona and then we’ll see about Georgia State,” Joseph said. “Her knee swells and we’ll have to sit her out when we can.”