Dec. 21, 2012
ATLANTA -- A shorthanded Washington team fell on the road to Georgia Tech, 52-44. The Dawgs (7-3) were without Mercedes Wetmore and Mathilde Gilling who woke up with the flu and were unavailable. Georgia Tech (5-5) took advantage to the short Huskies bench, overcoming a double-digit first half lead for the victory.
Washington struggled with its shooting in the first half and could not keep Georgia Tech off the glass, losing the rebounding battle, 63-36.
"I thought we played with great energy and effort," said head coach Kevin McGuff. "We just need to clean up a few things that Georgia Tech did better than us today."
The Dawgs were playing with just seven available players, down Wetmore and Gilling, but with Heather Corral who made her season debut after missing more than a month with a hand injury.
At first, the shorthanded Dawgs controlled play, rushing to a 16-4 lead as they handled the Georgia Tech press and found open shots. The Husky guards, including Kassia Fortier, who was making her first start, moved the ball well, finding open shooters.
Defensively, Washington played great team defense as Georgia Tech did not score its fifth and sixth points until 7:03 left in the half. However, the Yellow Jackets closed out the half well, coming all the way back to take the lead, 22-19.
Washington shot just 2-17 from the 3-point range in the half, despite most of the shots being open after breaking the Georgia Tech press.
After the break, Georgia Tech slowly wore down the Huskies, dominating them on the boards. Georgia Tech racked up 29 offensive rebounds, leading to second, third and fourth chances at the offensive end. Although, Washington held the Yellow Jackets to just 28.4 percent shooting, Georgia Tech took 20 more shots because of all the second chances.
Jazmine Davis kept Washington in it in the second half, scoring 15 of her 21 points in the period. She continuously got in the lane, finishing around the basket or getting to the free throw line. Davis hit just 4-10 from the free throw line or it could have an even bigger game.
Kristi Kingma made three 3-pointers. Aminah Williams led Washington with eight rebounds, ending her streak of consecutive games in double figures at seven.
Next up for Washington will be UC Davis as the Huskies complete non-conference play. The Dawgs play at Davis on Friday, Dec. 28, at 7 p.m.