The Georgia Tech Lady Yellow Jackets (5-2, 4-0 home) took a 12-point lead into halftime against Illinois (5-4, 1-3 away), and never looked back, taking down the Fighting Illini 93-69 in the 2013 Women’s Big Ten/ACC Challenge.
With this win, Georgia Tech is now 6-1 in ACC/Big Ten Challenge games and holds a perfect 4-0 record at home during the challenge.
Senior forward Tyaunna Marshall, who has led this Jackets team all season, was the game’s top scorer with 27 points and eight rebounds. Sensational freshman guard Kaela Davis added 16 points and six boards of her own. The Illini were clearly overmatched in this game against Tech, but kept it close until about 11 minutes into the game, when the Lady Jackets started to pull away.
The game in the paint is where Tech took this one, as Marshall and Roddreka Rogers combined for 21 rebounds, adding to the 56-44 advantage the Jackets held in rebounding over the Illini. When Marshall wasn’t being fed the ball down low and making layups, she was stealing it (adding four steals to her stat line) and pushing it down court on fast breaks.
This is the kind of game that Jackets head coach MaChelle Joseph has been looking for from her team. Tech made good shot decisions, played strong defense, and worked the ball inside to their advantage against a smaller Illinois lineup.
“I thought Dawnn Maye off the bench with her seven assists and 10 points was huge,” Joseph told RamblinWreck.com. “Shayla Bivins in the first half was just finishing layups and getting rebounds around the basket and her defensive presence was great. I thought all three of them stepped up tonight and led the team and showed them how we want to play defensively.”
Next up, the Lady Jackets welcome Alabama A&M to McCamish Pavilion on Dec. 7 at 4:30 pm.