Miami Faces Setback Against Georgia Tech
CORAL GABLES, Fla. – The Miami women’s basketball team (7-7, 4-7 ACC) faced a 70-56 setback against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (9-3, 7-2 ACC) Thursday night at the Watsco Center.
Senior Kelsey Marshall led the Canes on offense, tallying 16 points on 5-of-12 shooting for her 10th double-digit game of the season. With a pair of 3-pointers against the Yellow Jackets, Marshall moves into second place in program history for career 3-pointers at 230.
Junior Naomi Mbandu and senior Taylor Mason also recorded double-figure outings with 11 points each. For the third time this season, sophomore Moulayna Johnson Sidi Baba paced the Canes on the boards, hauling in six rebounds in the game.
It was a battle on offense in the first quarter as both teams shot better than 60 percent from the field, including a 63 percent mark for the Canes. Mason knocked down 3-of-4 in the frame to pace Miami with seven points, but the Yellow Jackets capitalized on a late 7-2 run to take an eight-point lead, 24-16, at the end of 10 minutes.
Georgia Tech pulled away in the second quarter, outscoring Miami 17-10 to stretch its lead to 15 heading into the locker room. The Canes’ offensive production cooled off in the second quarter as they did not record their first basket until the 4:35 mark. After that point, Miami shot 60 percent from the field for the remainder of the frame.
The Canes started the third quarter on an 8-4 run thanks to back-to-back 3-pointers by Marshall, but Georgia Tech quickly responded to extend its lead back to 17 points at the 2:24 mark in the frame. Down but not out, the Canes held the Yellow Jackets to just one basket in the final two minutes of the quarter, while pouring in eight points to cut the deficit to 11.
The Yellow Jackets continued to surge on offense, outscoring the Canes 15-12 in the final quarter to close out the 70-56 victory.