Big second half by Georgia Tech sparks 79-57 win over Women's Basketball

Dec. 10, 2006

Box Score

ATLANTA, Ga. - Three Dolphins scored in double figures but the Yellow Jackets scored 52 second half points as the JU women's basketball team fell to Georgia Tech, 79-57, Sunday afternoon at the Alexander Memorial Coliseum.

JU (4-3) trailed by only three points at the break (27-24), stayed even in the rebounding battle (34-34) and shot 48 percent in the second half (14-29). Georgia Tech (5-3) was held to a season-low 27 points in the first half but shot 62 percent in the second frame (21-34) to pull away.

"We competed with them for about 28 minutes," said JU head coach Jill Dunn. "We played a great first half but they made adjustments and started hitting their shots in the second half."

Junior forward Ashley Williams finished with 14 points, seven rebounds and two blocks to lead the Dolphins. Sophomore guard Virginia Gregoire added 14 points, including a career-high 4-of-8 effort from beyond the arc, and a team-high two steals. Sophomore guard Regina Omoite also tallied 12 points and a career-high eight rebounds to round out the Dolphins scorers in double digits. Freshman guard Teneshia Ruff scored her first collegiate basket with a layup in the second half.

Chioma Nnamaka tallied a game-high 22 points, including a 5-of-7 effort from the three-point line. Jacqualine Williams added 15 points, five rebounds, four assists and three steals. Stephanie Higgs finished with 14 points rounding out the double figure scorers for the Yellow Jackets.

Trailing 27-24 at the half, JU used a 4-0 run to even the contest, 27-27, after a jumper by sophomore guard DaVina Hamilton at the 18:46 mark.

Both teams traded baskets until Georgia Tech opened up a 39-34 lead after a three-pointer by Williams at the 15:45 mark. Gregoire answered with a three to cut the deficit to 36-34 but hot shooting by the Yellow Jackets would take over.

GT would go on a 17-4 run to make it 53-38 with 12:18 remaining before another run (15-4) made it 67-42 with 7:28 left. JU would get no closer than 21 points as GT scored 14 points on JU turnovers in the second frame.

In the first half, both teams went scoreless until Janie Mitchell hit at jumper for Georgia Tech at the 17:26 mark. JU used a 9-3 run, capped by a three-pointer by Gregoire at the 12:59 mark, to give the Dolphins a 9-5 advantage.

The Yellow Jackets answered with a 10-2 run to take a 15-11 lead with 8:19 remaining before a pair of free-throws by Williams gave JU a 16-15 lead at the 7:32 mark to cap a 5-0 run.

GT used a 9-0 run, capped by a three-pointer by Nnamaka, to take a 24-18 lead with 4:06 left before the Dolphins answered with a 7-0 run to cut the lead to 24-23 with 1:17 remaining. Nnamaka gave the Jackets a 27-23 lead at the break after nailing a three-pointer with seven seconds remaining.

The Dolphins will continue their season-high five game road trip against Georgia Southern on Wednesday, Dec. 13 at 7 p.m.