Virginia Falls On The Road at Georgia Tech, 63-53
DULUTH, Ga. – The Virginia women’s basketball team dropped an Atlantic Coast Conference contest on the road Wednesday (Jan. 25), falling 63-53 to Georgia Tech at the Gwinnett Center in Duluth, Ga.
The loss dropped UVa’s record to 15-7 overall and 3-5 in league play. Georgia Tech, receiving votes in the Associated Press top 25 and ranked No. 24 in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches’ Poll, improved to 15-6 (5-3 ACC).
Virginia’s leading scorer was senior guard Ariana Moorer (Woodbridge, Va.) with 14 points. Moorer added four rebounds and four assists.
Ataira Franklin (Bowie, Md.), Lexie Gerson (Fort Washington, Pa.) and Telia McCall (Marietta, Ga.) each added eight points for the Cavaliers. Simone Egwu (Odenton, Md.) scored seven points.
Georgia Tech led 34-30 at halftime after an evenly played first period.
Georgia Tech opened the second half on a 6-1 run and took a 40-31 lead on a jumpshot by Dawnn Maye with 16:51 left. That basket prompted a timeout by Virginia, and after the break the Cavaliers scored four unanswered points to pull to within 40-35.
An old-fashioned three-point play by Moorer at the 11:27 mark later in the half cut the margin to four points. The Yellow Jacket lead was cut further on a jumper by Franklin with 9:28 left that made the score 49-46 in favor of Georgia Tech.
From that point, Georgia Tech put together a 8-2 run and took a 57-48 lead on a putback by Metra Walthour with 7:42 left in the game.
Virginia did not counter the Yellow Jacket run nor get any closer down the stretch.
Virginia was out-rebounded, 48-28.
Georgia Tech’s leading scorer was Sasha Goodlett with 14 points and the center added 11 rebounds for a double-double.
Up next, Virginia returns home to John Paul Jones Arena to face Florida State at 3:30 p.m. on Sunday (Jan. 29). Virginia field hockey players Paige Selenski and Michelle Vittese will be honored, as the game is part of National Girls and Women in Sports Day at Virginia.