Nov. 25, 2011
San Juan, P.R. – The Georgia Tech women’s basketball team (4-1) suffered its first loss of the 2011-12 season when it fell 59-40 to the No. 13/13 Rutgers Scarlet Knights (4-0) in each team’s opener of the 2011 San Juan Shootout at Mario Morales Coliseum in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Tech was never able to get its offense going, converting only 3-of-23 field goal attempts in the first half and shooting only 21.4 percent for the contest. To counter, Rutgers shot 45 percent in the opening half and 52 percent for the game. April Sykes led RU with 16 points and 10 rebounds, while Monique Oliver added 10 points for the Scarlet Knights.
While neither side began the game shooting well from the field, the Scarlet Knights were able to find their groove and the Jackets were not. Tech didn’t get its first field goal of the opening frame until Marshall converted a jumper at the 13:46 mark of the first half, cutting the RU lead to 9-4.
A Walthour basket just 20 seconds later pulled the Yellow Jackets within 10-7, but Tech would not get another field goal until Dawnn Maye’s layup at the 8:55 mark to make it 19-12 Rutgers. Unfortunately for the Jackets, that would be their last field goal of the first half as they went into the lockerroom trailing the Scarlet Knights 32-16.
Marshall scored Tech’s first four field goals of the second half, but the Scarlet Knights were red-hot from the field, converting nearly 65 percent of their attempts in the final 20 minutes.
Georgia Tech will be back in action Saturday at 6:30 p.m. AST when they take on the RV/18 Green Bay Phoenix in their second game of the San Juan Shootout. Fans can listen live on WREK 91.1 FM or RamblinWreck.com.
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