Despite hot shooting, Yellow Jackets fall
Aaliyah Whiteside scores 22 points for the Yellow Jackets
Aaliyah Whiteside led Georgia Tech with 17 points
The Yellow Jackets visit Spartans looking to continue ACC-Big-10 Challenge success
Rodreeka Rogers is refining her interior game
Overall: Has 21 career double-figure scoring games... Led team in scoring three times and five times in rebounds... Started 28 games ... Transitioned during her sophomore season to the forward position ... Scored a career-high 21 points twice during the 2013-14 season, against #2 Notre Dame and Boston College ... Recorded her first career double-double against #13/11 UNC with 11 rebounds and 10 points.
2013-14: Played in 32 games, starting five ... Averaged 7.8 points per game and 5.3 rebounds per game ... Transitioned into the forward position ... Scored in double-figures during the first three games of the season and had 11 games overall in double-figures ... Recorded two 20 point games ... Scored a career-high 21 points twice against #2 Notre Dame (2/17/14) and Boston College (3/2/14) ... Emerged during conference and post season play, averaging 8.1 ppg and 5.7 rpg ... Went 16-for-63 behind the 3-point arc this season for a .254 3-point shooting percentage ... Scored 16 points at Tennessee (11/17/14) while shooting 7-for-9 from the foul line ... Tallied 18 points at Pittsburgh (2/3/14), shooting 6-for-8 from the line and was perfect from the foul line (6-for-6) ... Recorded the first double-double of her career against North Carolina (2/6/14), leading the team in rebounding with 11 boards and scoring 10 points ... Her 11 rebounds against UNC set a new career high ... Scored a career-high 21 points, leading the Jackets at Notre Dame and grabbed nine rebounds ... Tied her career-high of 21 points against Boston College at home, scoring two 3-pointers ... Completed a three point play at the end of the game against Virginia (3/6/14) that secured Tech's 77-76 win in the second round of the ACC Tournament.
2012-13: Scored in double-digits 10 times... Netted career-best 19 in win over Washington (12/21)... ACC Rookie of the Week after 19 points in win over Washington... Made her first career start at No. 8 Georgia... Scored then-career-high 14 points on 5-of-8 shooting at UGA, including 3-of-5 from 3-point range... Made two threes and had an assist in a late Tech rally against Lady Bulldogs... Made two key 3-pointers against Quinnipiac, sparking Yellow Jacket offense... Scored 18 points in just 24 minutes in win at Wake Forest... Scored 14 points, including Tech's final nine points, at Boston College.
Prep: Played for four years at Central High School in Memphis, Tenn., for Niki Bray... Was team-captain for two years... Led Central to 2011 TSSAA AAA State Championship and 39-9 record... Selected to 2009 and 2011 Tennessee Sports Writers Association (TSWA) Class AAA All-State teams... Named MVP of TSSAA Regional Tournament in 2011... Earned all-district accolades in 2010, 2011 and 2012... Lists winning 2011 state championship as her most memorable athletic accomplishment... WBCA honorable mention high school All-America in 2012... Ranked No. 24 nationally in class of 2012 by ESPN HoopGurlz and rated as the fourth-best wing player in the class... Played AAU for Team Memphis Elite.
Personal: Born March 25, 1994 in Greenville, S.C... Mother is Natarcha Pearson... Left handed... Has three siblings: Nazier Pearson, Lonso Whiteside and Jacari Whiteside... Chose Georgia Tech because of the location, the academics and the basketball program... Began playing basketball at age seven living in Greenville, S.C... Undecided major.