The Georgia Tech women’s basketball team (13-6, 3-3 ACC) took care of business on the road, keeping Virginia Tech (10-8, 0-5 ACC), winless in conference play with a 73-52 victory at Cassell Coliseum on Thursday night.
A big second half as well as 30 points from senior Tyaunna Marshall were too much for the Hokies to handle.
“I think Ty put us on her back and decided that she wasn’t going to lose this game,” head coach MaChelle Joseph said “She didn’t have a great first half, but I thought her second half was one of the best halves I’ve ever seen her play. She was pretty phenomenal in the second half.”
Marshall was Tech’s big weapon on offense, putting up the second 30-point game of her career, and leading the team in points, rebounds (7) and assists (5). The Jackets went into the break down, 25-19, but Marshall’s 21-point second half proved to be a big difference maker. This was the second time this season that Marshall has led the Jackets in points, boards, and assists.
This wasn’t a typical Lady Jackets performance, as they scored a season low 19 points in the first half, only to come storming back with 54 points in the second. The normally free-running and high scoring Jackets had to depend on defense a little more than they were used to doing.
“I thought that we did a really good job of using different rotations on defense,” Joseph said. “We used different defenses to keep them off balance. I think this is the best Virginia Tech team I’ve seen since I’ve been at Georgia Tech. We had some serious concerns coming in how we were going to defend them. I thought our team did a good job adjusting and taking away some of the strengths of Virginia Tech’s offense.”
The Jackets return home this Sunday, to host no. 23 N.C. State at 2 p.m. at McCamish Pavilion, where they will try to break their six-game winless streak against top 25 opponents this season.