Nov. 19, 2010
ATLANTA – A 20-4 run to start the second half turned a halftime deficit into a big 61-37 win for the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets over the visiting Prairie View A&M Lady Panthers Friday night at Alexander Memorial Coliseum. With the win, the Jackets improved to 3-1 on the season and the Panthers dropped to 0-2.
“I felt like defensively we really frustrated them,” head coach MaChelle Joseph said. “Our press slowed them down, but when they got in the half court, we had great help side defense. That made a big difference. When we got the defensive rebounds, we can run. That’s where we score our points, in defensive transition, and I thought we did a better job of that in the second half.”
Foul trouble and poor shooting plagued Tech in the first half. The Jackets made just 8-of-34 field goal attempts, 23.5%, in the first twenty minutes, only hit 40% of their free throws, and added nine turnovers. Three starters found themselves in foul trouble early, ending the half with two fouls, and substitute Chelsea Regins had three of her own.
Prairie View was not intimidated by the much taller Tech team, leading for the majority of the half and stretching their lead to as high as six points.
The Jackets came out strong in the second half, going on a 20-4 run and turning the halftime deficit into a 15 point lead in just over nine minutes of playing time. Center Sasha Goodlett put in 15 points in the half to lead Tech.
Georgia Tech had an incredible 51 rebounds in the game, including 25 on the offensive side. Freshman Ty Marshall had her first career double-digit rebounding game with 10, including eight offensive boards. Tech also set a season high for blocks, rejecting six shots.
Prairie View A&M was led by Robin Jones with 8 points and 3 rebounds, while Dominique Smith contributed with 6 points and 7 rebounds of her own.
Tech returns to action this coming Sunday, when they face the defending national champion Connecticut Huskies, riding their 80-game unbeaten streak, at 2 p.m.
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