Nov. 30, 2013
BROOKLYN, N.Y. – The Georgia Tech women’s basketball team (4-2) defeated McNeese State (4-3), 69-60, to capture the LIU Turkey Classic title.
After leading the Jackets in scoring for the second-straight game, senior Tyaunna Marshall was named the LIU Turkey Classic MVP. Marshall scored 20 points against the Cowgirls and recorded a season-high 21 points in the semifinal game against Southern Utah.
Freshman Kaela Davis and redshirt senior Shayla Bivins were both named to the All-Tournament team. Davis continued her double-figure scoring streak, dropping 13 against McNeese State. Davis shot 3-for-5 from behind the 3-point line tonight and scored 19 points against the Thunderbirds. Davis has scored in double-figures in six-straight games.
Bivins had a solid two games for the Yellow Jackets in Brooklyn. The center scored six points in the championship game while grabbing nine rebounds. Bivins also had a team-high five assists. She added four points and seven rebounds last night.
Sophomore Roddreka Rogers grabbed a team-high 13 rebounds against the Cowgirls and contributed nine points. Sophomore Sydney Wallace scored 13 against the McNeese State, making it her fourth game this season in which she scored in double-figures.
After scoring 39 points this weekend, Marshall has 1587 career points which moves her into sixth place on the Georgia Tech’s career scoring list. Marshall is now within 369 points of breaking Kisha Ford’s career record of 1,955 points.
After recording two wins this Thanksgiving break, head coach MaChelle Joseph is now three wins away from hitting the 200 win milestone and is 197-124 in her career. Joseph is the only Georgia Tech women’s basketball coach to have won 60 percent of her games with a 61.4 winning percentage.
The beginning of the championship game was close between the two teams. The lead bounced back and forth for 2:41 until Tech utilized a 6-0 run to jump to an 18-12 advantage. The Yellow Jackets would hold onto the lead for the remainder of the game.
Marshall scored seven points in 3:33 minutes to push the Jackets to a 29-22 advantage with 9:05 left in the first half of play.
Tech closed the first half by outscoring the Cowgirls, 6-2, to take a 40-31 lead into the locker room. Wallace led the Jackets in the scoring column during the first half, scoring 11 points total. The junior had nine points in the first 13 minutes of play for Tech.
The Yellow Jackets used a balanced scoring attack in the second half to maintain its lead. Marshall contributed 11 points in the second half of play on her way to a team-high 20 points. Rogers and Davis both scored five apiece in the second 20 minutes.
The Jackets took its largest lead against the Cowgirls with 14:43 remaining in the game when Wallace stripped McNeese’s Allison Baggett of the ball and took off down the court to score on the fast break. Her layup put Tech up by 12, 49-37.
Sophomore Nariah Taylor kept the Jackets’ lead alive at 11:05 in the second half when she had back-to-back layups to put the Jackets up, 55-47.
A jump shot followed by a 3-pointer from Davis put the Jackets 10 points ahead of the Cowgirls with 2:35 remaining in the game.
McNeese State was led by Jaylin Johnson who scored 14 points and handed out eight assists. NeTanya Jones had a team-high nine rebounds while adding 10 points for the Cowgirls.
Next up, the Yellow Jackets host Illinois in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge on Wednesday, Dec. 4 at 7 p.m. at McCamish Pavilion.