@GTWBB Suffers 71-50 Loss to Green Bay
Davis, Wallace and O'Neil scored in double-figures against the Phoenix
ESTERO, Fla. – The Georgia Tech women’s basketball team (4-2) suffered its second loss of the season, falling to rv/rv Green Bay (4-1), 71-50, in its first round game of the Gulf Coast Showcase at Germain Arena.
“I’m very disappointed in the way we played today,” head coach MaChelle Joseph said. “I think Green Bay is a very good team. I give them a lot of credit. They play as well on the defensive end as anybody that we have played against in the ACC. They play with a lot of toughness and a lot of veteran experience on the inside and on the outside. Our perimeter shooting hurt us today.”
Sophomore Kaela Davis continued her double-figure scoring streak, stretching it to 18-straight games after notching a team-high 13 points. This was Davis’ fifth game this season leading the Jackets in scoring.
Senior Sydney Wallace scored 12 points while grabbing two steals. Freshman Zaire O’Neil hit the double-figure mark for the fifth time this season scoring 11 points. She has scored in double-figures in every game besides one during her freshman start.
The Phoenix used on-point 3-point shooting, going 10-for-19 from behind the arc, to defeat the Yellow Jackets.
O’Neil and Davis led the Jackets in the first half of play against the Phoenix. O’Neil scored nine points in the first 20 minutes of play while Davis had eight. The Yellow Jackets found themselves in an early 11-2 hole after three straight 3-pointers and two made foul shots from Green Bay. The Jackets would put together 7-0 run brought to pull within four points of Green Bay’s, 19-15, lead at 11:47.
Green Bay would go ahead by as much as 11 points in the first half and head into the locker room with a, 34-29, lead after making seven 3-pointers in the first 20 minutes. Davis hit two free throws after a Green Bay player was called for a flagrant foul and score a jumper with four seconds left to close the Jackets’ deficit to five points heading in to the break.
Tech began to build some momentum with 17:56 on the clock, utilizing two steals and four-straight points to climb within three of Green Bay’s, 38-35, lead. The Phoenix then took off on a 15-0 run to extend their lead to 53-35 at the 12:35 mark. Green Bay would keep Tech at a distance for the remainder of the game to win their second-straight game against the Jackets, 71-50.
The Yellow Jackets face Villanova tomorrow at 12 p.m. at Germain Arena. Game notes are available here.