Duluth So far, the Georgia Tech women’s basketball has enjoyed its temporary home. Sasha Goodlett and Tyaunna Marshall scored 17 points each and Dawnn Maye handed out 10 assists and was two rebounds shy of a triple-double as the Yellow Jackets moved to 2-0 with an 87-56 victory over Old Dominion Sunday.
Tech, playing at the Arena at Gwinnett Center this season while renovations are made to Alexander Memorial Coliseum, blew out Alabama State Friday in its first game at the Duluth arena. The Yellow Jackets had similar success against the Monarchs, helping avenge a two-point loss in Norfolk, Virginia last season.
"Redemption was the motivation for this game tonight, we waited all year for this game," said Goodlett.
The Yellow Jackets came out of the halftime locker room up nine and intent on feeding center Sasha Goodlet in the paint and the senior from Bolton, Mississippi responded. Starting with a basket off a feed from Maye, Goodlet scored 10 points during a 27-11 spurt, including a lay up facing a triple team, that allowed the hosts to go up 58-31 with 12:55 left in the game. Goodlett got a rest, but Tech didn’t let up, building its lead as large as 33 points.
“We didn’t like how we were playing in the first half, we didn’t feel like our first half was our best,” Goodlet said. “Our main focus was our post game, we had to get the ball inside. That was our main focus in the second half, I feel like we executed.”
“I thought the first half our inside half wasn’t as dominant, to start the second half our inside players controlled the glass and we were able to control the inside,” said Tech coach MaChelle Joseph. “One of the things at halftime we talked about (was) we need to be more aggressive inside. I really felt like we started out…Sasha set the tone early.”
Old Dominion (0-2) had 19 turnovers in its season opening loss to Virginia Tech Friday and the problems continued against Tech. The Monarchs turned the ball over 31 times, 20 during a sluggish first half, which helped turn an early, one-point lead into a nine-point halftime deficit.
“One of the things we pride ourselves on is being able to turn people over and wreak havoc on the defensive end,” Joseph said. “We were able to disrupt Old Dominion on the offensive end, create some of those turnovers on the defensive end.”
Tech trailed for the only time at 8-7, but went up 16-8 mid-way through the first half, thanks to a 9-0 run, capped by Goodlett’s three-point play and two of Sydney Wallace’s 12 points that forced Old Dominion to burn a time out at the 12:32 mark. The Yellow Jackets pushed the lead to as many as 17 on a pair of free throws from Wallace, but ODU ended the half on a 10-2 run and went into the locker room down just 33-24 when Becca Allison nailed a running, three-pointer at the buzzer.