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Wallace Leads GT to Win in London

Aug 15, 2013

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LONDON – Junior Sydney Wallace hit six 3-pointers in the fourth quarter to help the Georgia Tech women’s basketball team to a 73-46 win against the Barking Abbey. It was the final game of the Yellow Jacket’s foreign tour.

“Obviously the difference in the game today was Sydney Wallace,” head coach MaChelle Joseph said. “The fact that she came in and hit six threes, I’ve seen it done before. It’s been a while since I’ve seen her get that hot. When she gets going like that, you need to get the ball in her hands because she’s hard to stop. It was just great for me to see her play that way. It’s exciting for Sydney. I’m just really proud of her and the way she comes off the bench.”

Wallace led all Yellow Jackets in scoring, totaling 20 points. Senior Tyaunna Marshall added 15 points and grabbed eight rebounds. Sophomore Aaliyah Whiteside scored in double-digits for the fifth-straight game, notching 13 points and eight rebounds.

Overall, the Yellow Jackets made nine 3-pointers against the Barking Abbey and head back to the Flats after recording a 4-1 record on the foreign tour.

Down 35-32 at the five minute mark in the third quarter, Marshall was fouled going up for a layup. After making both the layup and free throw shot, the Yellow Jackets were tied with the Barking Abbey, 35-35. On the following play, sophomore Roddreka Rogers completed at 3-point play, giving Georgia Tech the lead for good, 38-35.

Whiteside closed out the third quarter with four-straight points, giving the Yellow Jackets a 42-35 lead heading into the fourth period.

An explosive offensive output in the fourth quarter by the Yellow Jackets secured the victory. Georgia Tech scored 10 points in the first two minutes of the fourth quarter to jump to a 52-37 advantage.

Wallace hit her first two 3-points in a one minute span that lasted from 9:15 to 8:18.

In total, the Yellow Jackets outscored the Barking Abbey 31-11 in the final quarter of the game. Wallace scored 18 of those points.

While GT pulled away with the lead in the final quarter, the first half of the game was close. The Yellow Jackets used a 6-0 run in the beginning minutes of the game to take a 6-2 lead at 5:35. By the end of the first 10 minutes, the Yellow Jackets held a 12-7 advantage against the Barking Abbey.

During the second quarter, Whiteside hit a 3-point shot followed by a layup, advancing GT’s lead to 28-19. Roz Mason sparked the Barking Abbey’s offense, scoring six-straight points. Mason’s run pulled the Barking Abbey within five points of Georgia Tech’s 30-25 lead heading into halftime.

It was after halftime that the GT offense clicked and was able to record its fourth straight win on the trip.

After playing five games in seven days, the Yellow Jackets will spend Friday exploring London before returning to Atlanta on Saturday morning.

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