Second Half Burst Lifts Georgia Tech Past Cougars
NASSAU, Bahamas - Georgia Tech pounded the ball into the paint Monday to defeat SIUE women's basketball 80-38 at the Bahamas Sunsplash Shootout.
The Yellow Jackets, 8-3, scored 50 points in the paint and shot 57 percent from the field to push past the Cougars, now 5-5.
Tierny Austin led the Cougars off the bench with 10 points. SIUE shot 25 percent for the game and committed 31 turnovers.
"We started strong and played well in the first half," said SIUE Head Coach Amanda Levens. "Our team did a great job executing defensively. Unfortunately, we had a lot of trouble scoring in the second half, and Georgia Tech got hot."
Georgia Tech's Tyaunna Marshall led all scorers with 15 points, shooting 7 of 9 from the field. Dawnn May and Sasha Goodlet added 12 and 11 points, respectively, for the Yellow Jackets.
The Cougars held strong with Georgia Tech in the first half and were down 32-22 at the break. SIUE's biggest advantage was beyond the three-point line, hitting 5 of 19 overall. Georgia Tech made 2 of 9 from beyond the arc in the game.
"Our effort was there but we need to take better care of the basketball. It's important we move on quickly and be ready to play another quality opponent tomorrow," Levens said.
The Cougars face Georgia State in a 6 p.m. ET game Tuesday.