The Georgia Tech women’s basketball team (12-6, 2-3 ACC) was trying to record their first victory of the season against a ranked opponent, but came up just short against the No. 6 Maryland Terrapins (16-1, 4-0 ACC), 92-81, in College Park, Md.
After dominating Wake Forest on Thursday, the Lady Jackets seemed to be carrying a lot of momentum and some defensive strength into their game with the Terrapins on Sunday, but just couldn’t quite keep up with a very talented and high-scoring Maryland team.
The Lady Jackets pulled more rebounds (43-25) , got a 27-point effort from freshman Kaela Davis, and even took a 1-point lead into the break, but the Terps came storming back in the second half, as Maryland senior Alyssa Thomas had 22 points and 14 rebounds for her NCAA-leading 15th double-double.
The loss dropped the Yellow Jackets to 0-6 against ranked teams this season, a fact that didn’t go unnoticed by head coach MaChelle Joseph.
“I’m just really proud of the way our team competed,” Joseph said. “This is the sixth Top 25 teams we’ve played this season, and we’ve had an opportunity in every one of those games.”
The biggest discrepancy wasn’t so much in how well either team shot from the field, but rather from trips to the charity stripe. Georgia Tech had three players foul out, and the Terps ended the day with 43 free throws in outscoring the Yellow Jackets 35-15 at the line.
There’s your ball game right there.
Next the Lady Jackets will travel to Blacksburgh to take on Virginia Tech, who has yet to win an ACC game this season. Game time is set for 7:00pm ET on Jan. 23.