The Georgia Tech women’s basketball team came into Knoxville never having beaten the Tennessee Lady Vols, and for a while it looked like the Lady Jackets might be able to pull off the upset. But the Tennessee team was just too strong and pulled away late to send Tech to their first loss of the season, 87-76.
In the first half, it seemed as though the Vols had no answer for freshman (and last week’s ACC Rookie of the Week) Kaela Davis, who scored a game high 28 points. But Tennessee put the clamps on Davis in the second half, and put a stop to any Georgia Tech run. Tennessee led by 18 points in the first half before Tech went on a run of three-pointers and pulled within four points.
Tennessee then put the game away with a 12-0 run, and had four players in double-figures–Bashaara Graves matched a career high with 23 points, Isabelle Harrison with 10 points, Mercedes Russell with 14 points and Meighan Simmons added 13.
The Lady Jackets haven’t toppled a top-5 opponent since 2009 against No.2 North Carolina, and haven’t beaten a top-10 team since taking down No.8 North Carolina in 2011.
When it came down to the stretch run at the end, the Jackets just looked winded, and Tennessee looked to be running on fresh legs. The fatigue was evident in a lot of missed layups and easy shots that were going in during the first half. The Vols were blocking numerous shots that shouldn’t have been touched.
The 2-1 Jackets will now travel to Athens to take on in-state rival Georgia at Stegeman Coliseum on Nov. 24th at 2:00 pm.