Feb. 11, 2011
TALLAHASSEE, FLA. – The Georgia Tech women’s basketball dropped its third straight game to a top 20 opponent on Friday night when the Jackets couldn’t overcome a poor shooting night in a 73-60 loss at No. 19/15 Florida State. With the loss, Tech is now 18-8, 6-4 ACC while the Seminoles improved to 20-5, 8-2 ACC.
For the game, Tech shot only 34.3 percent from the field and 23.5 percent from three-point range, while the Noles seemingly couldn’t miss, especially when they needed a basket and converted 52.1 percent of field goal attempts for the night, and 53.3 percent of three-point attempts.
Freshman Tyaunna Marshall led three Jackets in double figures with 18 points on 6-of-11 shooting. The rookie also added five boards, three assists and three steals. Junior center Sasha Goodlett finished with 12 points despite making just 5-of-17 field goals and also grabbed nine rebounds. Senior Alex Montgomery narrowly missed her ninth double double of the season with 10 points and nine rebounds.
Florida State was led by Alexa Deluzio who led all scorers with 20 points.
Tech grabbed an early lead, striking the first blow on a Walthour three at the 18:17 mark, but that would be the Jackets’ last advantage until Marshall finished off a nice reverse layup to put Tech up 22-21 with 5:40 to play in the first half.
The Jackets went into the break trailing 29-28, despite shooting only 33.3 percent from the floor (10-of-30), while the Seminoles made 10-of-23 field goal attempts, 43.5 percent, and knocked down five three pointers. Tech trailed by as many as 10 midway through the first half before fighting back to only trail by one at the break.
The Jackets again landed the first blow of the second half when Marshall knocked down a jumper at the 18:41 mark off an Alex Montgomery assist to put Tech up 30-29. The Seminoles would respond with a 9-0 run and forcing Tech to take a timeout at the 16:09 mark.
After trailing by 11 with five minutes to play, Tech was able to get within six, 61-55, on a Montgomery three with 4:11 to play, but wasn’t ever able to get closer than that.
The Jackets will have a quick turnaround before hosting NC State on Sunday at Alexander Memorial Coliseum in Tech’s home game as part of the WBCA’s Pink Zone initiative. Game time is set for 5 p.m. with ESPN2 broadcasting the game to a regional audience as part of its February Frenzy package. For more information, visit RamblinWreck.com or follow us on Twitter, @GTWBB.
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