ATHENS, Ga. – The Georgia Lady Bulldog basketball team fell to Georgia Tech 73-40 at Stegeman Coliseum Sunday.
Georgia Tech shot 57 percent from the 3-point line, with sophomore Jasmine Carson and senior Francesca Pan draining four each.
“There were some people who made shots,” said Georgia head coach Joni Taylor. “[Kierra] Fletcher made some shots, people made some three’s that don’t normally make them. If you let Pan get off, or let [Lotta-Maj Lahtinen] get off, that is what they do. We rebounded with them pretty well, but when you turn it over 19 times and the opponent gets 27 points off those turnovers, it is going to be a long day.”
Georgia (2-1) kept the Yellow Jackets scoreless from the field through the first eight minutes of play, only allowing three field goals overall in the opening quarter. Redshirt-junior Jenna Staiti notched the first score of the night, making her first 3-pointer of the season.
A shot from Connally gave Georgia a double-digit lead with a 13-1 advantage. Although the Yellow Jackets ended the frame on a 7-0 run, the Lady Bulldogs maintained the 13-8 lead at the conclusion of the period.
Georgia trailed for the first time early in the second quarter after two straight three’s from Georgia Tech’s Carson. The Lady Bulldogs quickly regained their advantage after a layup from junior Maya Caldwell, giving Georgia the 17-16 edge.
After trading baskets, the score was knotted 22-22 halfway through the period. The Yellow Jackets garnered their largest lead of the half, 29-24, after forcing a 4-0 run with a minute left. A layup from redshirt-sophomore Malury Bates brought the Lady Bulldogs within three as the clock expired, 29-26.
The Yellow Jackets opened the second half on an 8-0 streak to extend their lead to double digits for the first time. Connally made the Lady Bulldogs’ sole jumper of the period to bring the deficit down to single digits, but Georgia Tech’s hot hand and 16 rebounds capped the third quarter 50-32.
Georgia Tech continued its hot streak in the fourth quarter with five 3-pointers, shooting 71 percent from three and 66 from the field to defeat Georgia, 73-40.
Up next, Georgia will host another in-state foe as it takes on Mercer on Thursday, Nov. 24 at 7 p.m. in Stegeman Coliseum. The game will be televised on SEC Network +.