ATLANTA, Ga. – Georgia Tech jumped out to a quick lead and held off several Charleston Southern comeback attempts as the Buccaneers fell to the Yellow Jackets at McCamish Pavilion on Tuesday, 78-51.
CSU falls to 4-6 following the defeat while Georgia Tech improves to 10-2 with the win. Njeri Nelms led Charleston Southern with 14 points, while Rachel Burns (11) and Shelby Wilbanks (10) were both in double-digits in the loss.
Georgia Tech stormed out to an early 10-0 lead before CSU got on the board on a Burns three-pointer with 6:25 left in the first quarter. Nelms' trifecta cut the lead to 17-6, but the Yellow Jackets pushed the pace to extend their lead to 23-8 at the end of the first frame.
Georgia Tech forced 16 CSU turnovers in the first half and converted the miscues into 20 points as the Yellow Jackets outscored the Bucs 24-12 in the paint in the first half. Georgia Tech led 39-23 at halftime.
A Shauntavia Dobson three-pointer made the score 46-30 with 6:01 to go in the third quarter. The Yellow Jackets were relentless as Tech used a 17-8 run to close the third stanza with a 63-38 lead.
The Bucs had a 10-0 run midway through the fourth quarter on a pair of three-pointers from Burns and Dobson to cut the score to 67-48 with 4:03 remaining. CSU was held to three points over the final four minutes as Georgia Tech closed out the win.
Inside the Numbers
· Charleston Southern shot 43.8% from the field, 41.2% from three-point range and 40.0% from the free throw line.
· Njeri Nelms had a career-high five rebounds and added four assists.
· Shelby Wilbanks extended her double-digit scoring streak to four games while adding two rebounds and a steal.
· CSU was out-rebounded 43-27 as Georgia Tech scored 28 second chance points.
· The Bucs had 32 turnovers that were converted into 35 points by the Yellow Jackets.
News and Notes
· CSU had its two-game win streak snapped.
· The Bucs fall to 0-5 all-time against Georgia Tech.
· Charleston Southern is still seeking its first win away from the Buc Dome this season.
CSU now has ten days off for the Christmas holidays until the Bucs return to action on December 30 at Wofford.