Photo courtesy of Sara D. Davis for theACC.com
Story by Terrence Gantt
Greensboro, N.C. – No. 10 Virginia visits No. 7 Georgia Tech in Game Six of the 2014 Women’s Basketball Tournament at the Greensboro Coliseum Complex. Virginia advanced over No. 15 Boston College, winning 74-59 in the first round on opening day
The Cavaliers took the opening tip, playing a more relaxed game than the Jackets. Georgia Tech had difficulty converting on the inside, thus shooting a combined 4-for-8 from the three. The team allotted a total of nine personal fouls while Virginia scored 10 points (10-for-11) from the free-throw line. The Jackets led 38-34 at the half.
Georgia Tech shot 43.6-percent (17-for-39) from the field, scoring 7 points from turnovers at the half. Guard #3 Kaela Davis led with 18 points (shooting 7-of-12 from the field), 12 from behind the arc. Guard #15 Tyaunna Marshall contributed 12 points (shooting 6-of-16 from the field), attaining five rebounds and two steals.
Guard #23 Ataira Franklin led the Cavaliers with 9 points (shooting 4-of-7 from the field), three rebounds, and two blocks at the half. Forward #42 Sarah Imovbioh added 7 points (shooting 3-of-4 from the field) while attributing four rebounds. Virginia shot 46.2-percent (12-for-26) from the field – scoring 16 points in the paint, five from turnovers.
Virginia trailed Georgia Tech for most of the second half. The Cavaliers failed to convert on fast break opportunities on the offensive end. Both teams were tied at 70 points at the final media timeout and again with 42-seconds in regulation. A technical foul was assessed to #11 Nariah Taylor for the Jackets with 3.7-seconds remaining. Franklin was able to sink the two technical-free throws for Virginia, falling short 77-76 after trailing an 18-point team deficit.
Georgia Tech finished 40.7-percent (31-for-65) from the field and 64.7-percent (11-for-17) from the line. The Jackets totaled 40 points in the paint and 17 from second chance opportunities. Davis led the game with 28 points (shooting 10-of-18 from the field, 4-of-10 from the three, and 4-of-5 from the line). Marshall recorded a double-double with 16 points (shooting 11-of-24 from the field), ten rebounds, and three steals.
Virginia hit 40.7-percent (24-for-59) from the field and an impressive 96.3-percent (26-for-27) from the line. The Cavaliers slashed 20 points off turnovers and 12 from the bench. Imovbioh also ended the game with a double-double, scoring 27 points (shooting 9-of-11 from the field) and posting 10 rebounds. Guard #10 Kelsey Wolfe accounted for 16 points (shooting 5-of-12 from the field) and converting a solid 4-of-4 from the line. Franklin added 15 points (shooting 4-of-14 from the field), scored a perfect 7-of-7 from the line, and attained seven rebounds.
Georgia Tech will advance to the quarterfinals in Game Ten of the tournament to face No. 2 Duke at six o’clock in the evening on March 7th.