Dec. 18, 2015
ATLANTA — The Alabama women’s basketball team cut a 25-point deficit down to 12 before running out of time in a 70-58 loss to Georgia Tech on Friday night at McCamish Pavilion. With the loss, the Crimson Tide moves to 9-2 on the season, while the win lifts the Yellow Jackets to 9-3.
“Georgia Tech made shots, and we missed shots,” said Alabama head coach Kristy Curry. “They did a great job of making the extra pass, and we had trouble guarding it. You look at the stat sheet, and we get 62 and they get 63 shots. We outrebounded them by 13. We’ve got to make shots on the road. It’s amazing what that does for you when you can come out here and get some makes in. You’ve got to credit those guys.”
Georgia Tech led by five, 15-10, following a back-and-forth first quarter, but the Yellow Jackets used a 19-5 run in the second to push their lead out to 17. Sophomore Hannah Cook knocked down back-to-back three pointers for Alabama to cut the lead down to 11 with 1:04 to go in the quarter, but Georgia Tech scored six of the final eight points down the stretch to take a 40-25 lead into the locker room at the half.
The Yellow Jackets continued to make shots from long range in the third quarter, extending their advantage out to 23 with sophomore Antonia Peresson’s fifth three-point shot of the game. Alabama outscored Georgia Tech, 18-9, in the final quarter but would run out of clock before it was able to get closer than 12.
Sophomore Meoshonti Knight scored 14 points, eight of which came in the final quarter, to lead the Tide in scoring. She was joined in double figures by Cook, who finished with 11. Senior Nikki Hegstetter pulled down a team-best 10 rebounds, marking her second consecutive game with double digit boards.
The Yellow Jackets were led in scoring by freshman Ciani Cryor and Peresson, who each had 17 points, while senior Roddreka Rogers posted a game-best 12 rebounds.
Georgia Tech hit 26 of its 63 attempts (41 percent) from the floor, while Alabama connected on 23 of 62 attempts (37 percent). Twelve of the Yellow Jackets’ 26 made field goals came from beyond the arc. The Tide outrebounded Tech, 44-31, and outscored the Yellow Jackets, 30-18, in the paint.
Alabama returns home for its final game before breaking for the holidays when it hosts Grambling State on Sunday. The game will tip off at 2 p.m. CT in Foster Auditorium.
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