Feb. 3, 2014
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PITTSBURGH – Marquel Davis scored a season-high 20 points, but the University of Pittsburgh women’s basketball team lost to Georgia Tech 77-66 on Monday night at the Petersen Events Center.
Davis filled up the stat sheet and added seven rebounds, five assists, three blocks and two steals. Asia Logan had 13 points and nine rebounds, and Brianna Kiesel was the third player in double-figures for the Panthers (10-12, 2-6 ACC) with 11.
Georgia Tech (14-8, 4-5 ACC) was led by Tyaunna Marshall, the ACC’s third leading scorer, who had 23 points and nine rebounds. Keala Davis chipped in with 16 points and 10 rebounds, and Aaliyah Whiteside had 16 points.
“We just weren’t efficient enough on the offensive end and didn’t knock down shots tonight,” head coach Suzie McConnell-Serio said. “We didn’t capitalize on opportunities – layups, open 3-pointers. We did a lot of good things defensively in the zone. Georgia Tech is so athletic and long, so we just tried to mix up our defense. When we defended the way we talked about in practice, I thought we were very good at staying in place; when we had breakdowns, they would capitalize.”
Logan and Loliya Briggs each scored five points in the early stages of the game to give Pitt a 10-8 lead at the first media timeout. The two teams traded baskets for the majority of the half which saw three ties and one lead change, but the Yellow Jackets pulled away toward the end of the opening stanza.
With Georgia Tech leading 27-25, the Yellow Jackets went on an 11-2 run, including seven straight points from Kaela Davis, bringing the score to 38-27 and forced Pitt into a timeout with 3:21 remaining.
The run continued for the Yellow Jackets out of the timeout as they scored the next five points to grab their largest lead of the half at 43-27. Kiesel would hit a 3-pointer to end the 16-2 run and Georgia Tech took at 43-30 lead into the halftime break. Georgia Tech shot 53.6 percent in the opening 20 minutes (18-of-32), while Pitt was 31.3 percent (10-of-32).
Georgia Tech’s 1-2 combo of Tyaunna Marshall and Kaela Davis tallied the first eight Georgia Tech points of the second half and the Yellow Jackets extended their lead to 54-37, causing Pitt into another timeout with 14:03 left.
With Georgia Tech leading 62-42, the Panthers got two offensive put-backs from Davis and Cora McManus, followed by a 3-pointer by Brittany Gordon, cutting the deficit to 62-49. Davis then scored the next basket as well to cap off a 9-0 Pitt run.
However, the closest Pitt would get for the remainder of the game was 10 points (69-59) with 3:11 left, but the Panthers could not get the game within single digits. Georgia Tech went up 77-61 before Pitt scored the final five points of the game, bringing the final to 77-66.
Pitt shot 32 percent for the game and was just 5-of-20 from behind the arc. Georgia Tech held a 42-32 advantage of points in the paint and they also held a 46-39 advantage on the glass.
The Panthers take to the road for their next contest which comes this Thursday at No. 8 Maryland. Tip is set for 7 p.m.