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Michelle Joseph’s lady Jackets continued on Sunday to be impressive as they defeated the Western Carolina Catamounts 87-47 Sunday afternoon at McCamish Pavilion. Georgia Tech improved to 2-0 while Western Carolina still remains winless on the season at 0-2.
It was both a great offensive and defensive effort by the Jackets as four players finished in double figures. They were led in scoring by freshman Kaela Davis, out of Suwanee, GA, who finished with a double -double, and a game high 20 points to go along with 10 rebounds. Sydney Wallace finished with 16 points. Roddreka Rodgers finished with her first double-double of the season adding 10 points and a game and team high 11 rebounds. In a reserve role, Aaliyah Whiteside scored 13 points, and shot 60% (3-5) from 3 pt. range. Jackets as a team shot 54% from the game from beyond the arc (13-24), and they were led by Sydney Wallace who was 4-5 from distance.
Western Carolina, out of the Southern Conference, were led in scoring by Lindsay Simpson, who finished with a team high 19 points. Jackets locked down on Simpson defensively as she had 14 points at the intermission, as well as hitting a team high four 3’s in the first half. In fact, Simpson did not score her first bucket in the second half until the 8:14 mark. As a team, Western Carolina shot 28.8% from the field, 24% from 3, including an 0-11 effort in the second half, and 46.7% from the charity stripe.
Western Carolina started the game with an early five point lead over GA Tech, but that would be their biggest lead of the game as the Jackets would use a 6-0 run with two 3’s one by Aaliyah Whiteside and Kaela Davis and take a 9-8 lead at the 15:24 mark of the first half and never look back the rest of the game. Jackets went into the locker room at the end of the first half, with a 43-29 lead. Jackets used a lot of energy off the bench by Senior Dawnn Maye, who finished the first half with only 2 points, but had 6 steals in the half to go along with 3 assists.
Even though Tech was up 43-29 at the break, they would pick up their defensive intensity in the second half. Western Carolina shot 39.3% from the field in the first half, including 42.9% (6-14) from the 3 point arc. Jackets shut down the SOCON Catamounts in the second half where they only shot 6-31 (19.4%) from the field, but more impressive held Western Carolina to 0-11 from three point range. Not to mention, Georgia Tech won the rebounding battle 52-26, including 17 offensive rebounds compared to 10 for the Catamounts. Jackets also did a great job distributing the ball as they had 25 team assists, including a team high 5 assists from Jackets senior AP Honorable Mention All-American candidate Ty Marshall.
Georgia Tech will have the whole week off before they return back to the court to face Tennessee in Knoxville on Sunday at 7 p.m.
Here are my three keys to the Jackets vicory:
Sharing the ball: Georgia Tech did a great job of sharing the ball. Jackets had 25 assists as a team, with Ty Marshall with a team high 5 assists. Western Carolina ran a 1-2-2 zone the entire night, and the jackets were outstanding at moving the ball. They distributed the ball very well, and were able to get great open looks, and knocked down shots. They had great looks from 3 all game long. Jackets actually finished the game shooting a higher percentage from 3 54.2% (13-24) than they did from the free throw line at 50% (10-20). A stat that Coach Joseph said that they have never done before in her 11 seasons as Tech’s head coach. Great ball movement and unselfishness on the offensive end is a great sign for the jackets early. They have a ton of scorers on the field, and everyone is starting to play their role.
Team Defense: Jackets did a great job of clamping down defensively. They completely shut down the Catamounts in the second half having them only shoot 19.4% from the field in the second half, including 0-11 from 3 pt range. Jackets destroyed Western Carolina in the rebounding column with a plus 26 advantage, outrebounding the Catamounts 52-26. They were able to shut down Lindsay Simpson in the second half holding her to just 5 points in the second half after she had 14 in the first half. I love the effort from Roddreka Rogers who grabbed 11 rebounds, including 7 offensive rebounds. Great rotations on their man defense, which included 17 Western Carolina turnovers.
Consistent 3 point shooting: IF Georgia Tech can shoot the 3 ball as consistant as they did against Western Carolina, they will cause a lot of hart ache’s for opponents. Team’s will play a lot of zone against the jackets this season due to their style of play and their athleticism. Jackets shot 13-24 (54.2%) from the 3, with Kaela Davis, Sydney Wallace, and Aaliyah Whiteside combining for 12 of the teams 13 3’s. What’s most impressive is how Whiteside was just as consistent as Davis and Wallace off the bench hitting three 3’s. With great ball movement, it makes sense that the jackets hit so many 3’s, but they did a great job of hitting their open looks that the defense gave them.
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Welcome to our first edition of Monday Mornings from McCamish. This weekly segment will be released on Monday mornings throughout Georgia Tech’s Men’s Basketball 2013-14 season. We will revisit the previous week’s action as well as look ahead to the upcoming week’s games.
Last Week Recap:
Friday 11/8: Presbyterian 57 Georgia Tech 88
It’s ill-advised to draw any serious conclusion based of off a single game, especially a season opener against a Presbyterian College team that won only 8 games last year. With that said, there were several encouraging signs from Friday night’s win over the Blue Hose.
First and foremost, the Jackets shot the ball extremely well finishing with a field goal percentage over 50%. After ranking in the bottom 1/3 of the nation in field goal percentage last season (41.9%), the Jackets ability to shoot the ball consistently will be a point of emphasis this season and on Friday night, the Jackets were consistently good. But it wouldn’t be fair to praise the shooting without the mention of the ball movement and fast pace tempo that led to high percentage shots.
The 18 assists, highlighted by freshman Travis Jorgenson’s total of five, were well above last year’s average of 11.9 per game and would have ranked in the top five in last year’s single game totals. Travis Jorgenson’s 5 assist collegiate debut was the highlight Even more impressive, the Jackets turned the ball over only six times which matched the lowest mark in a single game in Coach Gregory’s tenure (the other time being against Wake Forest in the 2012 regular season finale). Keep in mind, this came against a zone defense with which the Jackets “don’t have a great comfort level” by Gregory’s own admission.
All in all, the Jackets did all they could have been asked to do: handle a team they should handle and look darn good doing it. Will Tech be able to continue these trends throughout the season as the competition level rises? We will have to wait and see.
Monday 11/11 7:00pm: Delaware State at Georgia Tech (McCamish Pavilion)
It’s a relatively quick turnaround for Georgia Tech (1-0) as they will be back in action tonight against the Delaware State Hornets (1-0).
Delaware State is entering the 2013-2014 season picked to finish 7th in the MEAC and finishing with a 15-18 record in 2012-13. The Hornets, however, return three starters from last year’s team including Casey Walker and Tyshawn Bell who were among the top three point shooters in the MEAC. Barring the Hornets having an extremely good shooting night, the Jackets ought to pick up their second win of the season tonight.
Tip-off is at 7:00pm and will be broadcast on 106.7 FM and streamed live on ESPN3.
Friday 11/15 7:00pm: Georgia Tech at Univ. of Georgia (Stegeman Coliseum)
The 190th basketball edition of Clean Old-Fashioned Hate will be played this Friday night in Athens.
Unlike Tech, Georgia has a full week separating their season opener and Friday’s rivalry game. But also dissimilar from the Jackets, the Bulldogs lost the SEC player of the year in sophomore shooting guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope. Not only was Caldwell-Pope Georgia’s leading scorer he also was the second highest NBA draft pick in UGA history after being selected by the Detroit Pistons with the 8th overall pick (Hall of Famer Dominique Wilkins was drafted 3rd overall in 1983).
But when it comes to the 2013-14 Bulldogs, it appears that much is left to be desired. The Bulldogs were picked to finish 11th in the 14-team SEC and did not have any players named to the Preseason All-SEC 1st or 2nd teams. Georgia will count on a tandem of sophomore guards to facilitate the offense in Charles Mann and Kenny Gaines. Both Mann and Gaines accrued significant minutes as freshman off the bench last season (Mann averaged 21 minutes including eight starts while Gaines averaged 10 with no starts). Successful transitions from reserves to starters from both sophomores will be pivotal to Georgia’s season.
Despite the youth and lack of identity surrounding the Bulldogs, they were able to pick up a 72-52 win over the Wofford Terriers this past Friday in Athens. The Bulldogs were led by junior forward Nemanja Djurisc (12 points, 7 rebounds) and the team’s only senior Donte Williams (11 points, 9 rebounds).
As for the White and Gold, the Jackets lead the series 103-86 and will look for a third straight win over UGA and a second consecutive win at Stegeman Coliseum after defeating the Bulldogs in 2011 (Tech’s first victory in Athens since 1976).
Tip-off is at 7:00pm and will be broadcast on 106.7 FM and televised on FSN.
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