Georgia Tech Falls Short to No. 19 Miami, 58-55
Aaliyah Whiteside led the Yellow Jackets with 20 points.
ATLANTA (AP) Keyona Hayes led a balanced attack with 16 points and No. 19 Miami held off Georgia Tech 58-55 on Thursday night despite missing three free throws in the closing seconds.
"I thought Roddreka Rogers was really effective tonight on both ends of the floor, offensively and defensively," head coach MaChelle Joseph said. "She got rebounds and hustle points. She really gave us her best effort for 40 minutes. I thought Aaliyah Whiteside started out slow. She's been struggling the last three or four games but I thought in the second half she was huge. She made some huge plays and got some big rebounds."
Georgia Tech closed within 57-55 with 20 seconds to play but after Jessica Thomas missed two free throws with 6.7 seconds left, the ball went out of bounds off the Yellow Jackets.
Adrienne Motley was fouled with 4.3 seconds remaining and after she missed the second free throw, Georgia Tech got the ball in the front court but Antonia Peresson's desperation shot was well off the mark.
Motley finished with 13 points for the Hurricanes (21-4, 9-3 ACC), who finished 9 of 16 from the foul line. Erykah Davenport had 12 points and Thomas finished with 10.
Miami, which won its third straight, led 31-23 at halftime.