THE FLATS – Cameron Swartz and Bianca Jackson combined for 27 points to lead Georgia Tech offensively, but it wasn’t enough as the Yellow Jackets lost their first game of the season 66-52 to Georgia on Sunday.
In a defensive battle between the two teams, Georgia Tech (3:1) held off its greatest lead of the first half with two free throws Tony Morgan at the 6:58 mark of the second quarter for a 21-14 result. Jackson’s bucket at 4:05 gave the Jackets a 24-18 lead, but a hitting slack by the Jackets over the next three minutes allowed the Lady Bulldogs (5-0) to take a 29-24 lead with an 11-0 run . Jackson hit Tech’s last field goal of the half in just under a minute for the 29-26 halftime score.
The Jackets came out of halftime determined, cutting their deficit to 33-32 with buckets from Swartz, Jackson and Kayla Blackscissors. But Tech couldn’t find a consistent rhythm and Georgia continued to hold a slim lead, shooting 56.3 percent for the period and leading 47-42 into the fourth quarter. UGA opened a double-digit lead in the final third and held the 66-52 decision.
Swartz and Jackson again led the Yellow Jackets, contributing 15 and 12 points, respectively. Tech was out-rebounded for the second straight game, 47-24. Blackshear brought the Jackets to the glass with seven rebounds. Tech hit 40.4 percent (21-52) from the field.
Georgia became the first opponent this season to shoot over 30.0 percent and clip at 45.2 percent (28-62). Zoesha Smith led the Bulldogs with 21 points and 10 rebounds. A total of four Lady Bulldogs achieved double-digit ratings. UGA scored 50.0 percent (10-20) from the free throw line and was held scoreless from three-point range, going 0-to-7.
Georgia Tech is headed for the next five games, beginning with a Thanksgiving tournament in Ft. Myers, Fla. The Yellow Jackets will take part in the Gulf Coast Showcase on FloHoops against South Florida beginning Friday, November 25 at 7:30 p.m.
In a joint effort, Georgia Tech, the Georgia Tech Foundation, Georgia Tech Athletics and the Alexander-Tharpe Fund have joined forces to accelerate scholarship funding for students and athletes with the launch of the Competitive Drive Initiative. The initiative begins with the Accelerate GT Match Program, where every new donation to AT Fund’s Athletic Scholarship Fund made through December 31 will be matched dollar for dollar by the Georgia Tech Foundation up to $2.5 million . Should Accelerate GT reach its fundraising goal of $2.5 million, the gift would result in a $5 million impact to Georgia Tech Athletics. To learn more and contribute online, visit atfund.org/accelerate.
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