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Women's Basketball Shoots Past Melbourne In Australian Tour

Beth Jowdy’s Journal from Australia

MELBOURNE, Australia (May 11) — The Georgia Tech women’s basketball team capped its second full day in Australia with a dramatic, come-from-behind victory in overtime against the host Melbourne Tigers on Thursday. The Yellow Jackets earned their first win of the tour, 60-59.

Milli Martinez provided last-second heroics for the Yellow Jackets, completing a four-point play as time expired to give Tech the victory. Martinez hit a three-pointer at the buzzer in overtime to tie the game and was fouled on the shot. She sank the ensuing free throw with no time on the clock to give the Yellow Jackets the victory and their only lead of the game. Martinez, a rising junior, finished with nine points, five rebounds and a blocked shot.

Three players scored in double figures for the Yellow Jackets, led by Alex Stewart’s 12 points. Tamika Boatner and Sonja Mallory each contributed 10 points.

Boatner’s most remarkable contribution, however, was on the boards. The 6-2 rising sophomore grabbed 19 rebounds, including 10 offensive boards, in leading Georgia Tech to a dominating 60-32 rebounding advantage over Melbourne.

Andrea Cartledge led the Tigers with 16 points and four assists. Jodie Hough scored 12 points, Sharon Milner scored 11 and Kerryn Henderson added 10. Henderson led Melbourne with eight rebounds.

Georgia Tech travels to Canberra on Friday and then goes to Sydney on Saturday. The Yellow Jackets’ next game is Saturday against Australia Institute of Sport in Sydney.

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