@GTWBB Falls to No. 3 Notre Dame, 54-42
Aaliyah Whiteside scores 12 points
ATLANTA (AP)- Aaliyah Whiteside finished with 12 points for Georgia Tech (12-9, 2-6 ACC) in Thursday's loss to No. 3 Notre Dame, 54-42.
The Irish (20-1, 8-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) have won 13 straight, but their point total was a season low as they struggled for three quarters beyond the arc and at the free-throw line before taking charge in the fourth.
Georgia Tech, which never led after the early minutes of the first quarter, pulled within two on Imani Tilford's layup in the third before Madison Cable, Notre Dame's second-leading scorer this season, drove the baseline for a back-door layup that made it 34-30 on her first points of the game.
Notre Dame's biggest lead in the first half was 11 on Allen's layup, but the Jackets came within four on Zaire O'Neil layup in the final minute of the second quarter.
Allen scored 11 points in the first half. Whiteside had six as the Yellow Jackets shot just 24.1 percent from the field in the first 20 minutes.
''I thought that we did everything we needed to do tonight except make shots,'' Georgia Tech coach MaChelle Joseph said. ''Any time you hold Notre Dame to 54 points and 37 percent from the field you're doing something right, but we can't shoot 22 percent and win a game, not in this league, not against the No. 3 team in the country.'' UP NEXT
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