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Davis’ strong start leads Tech women past A&M

ATLANTA - Not even eight minutes had passed in Sunday’s matinee and Kaela Davis and the Georgia Tech women’s basketball team was already rolling to another victory. Davis had 29 points and 14 rebounds and Tech had no trouble with Alabama A&M in a 93-56 victory at McCamish Pavilion.

Davis scored 16 points within the first 7:35 of the game, including 4-of-6 3-pointers as Tech (6-2) went up 27-6, well on its way to a fourth consecutive victory.

“I think (the fast start) was really important, we’ve kind of been off to slow starts a little bit, it was important for us. I think that played a vital part in our game,” said Davis, who is averaging 19.8 points and hitting 40 percent of her 3-point attempts.

Alabama A&M, which remained winless at 0-6, scored the next eight points to make it 27-14 and later the visitors got as close as 30-18 on a bucket by Taylor Sippial. But the Yellow Jackets led by as much as 24 in the first half, and in the second, Davis got going again.

The freshman from Buford knocked down a pair of 3-pointers a minute and a half apart, the last of which made it a 67-31 game with 14:12 to play.

Davis added one final make from behind the arc and her two free throws with just under six minutes left gave the Yellow Jackets an 87-52 cushion.

Davis wasn’t alone as backcourt mate Sydney Wallace and Tyaunna Marshall each added 16 points, while Marshall handed out seven assists and Aaliyah Whiteside chipped in with 14 points.

“We’re getting scoring from a bunch of different places,” said Davis.

With Saturday’s blowout victory Tech has defeated its last four opponents by an average margin of nearly 24 points. The current streak has come on the heels of a seven-point loss to rival Georgia November 24.

“I think (after) the Georgia game we realized we haven’t played well. We took a long, hard look at ourselves and I think since that game we’ve played hard on both ends of the floor,” said Yellow Jackets coach MaChelle Joseph.

“It was a tough loss. I don’t think you ever want to come back in the locker room feeling the way we did,” said Davis of the aftermath of the Georgia game. “It’s just been a grind (but) I think we’re headed in the right direction.”

Tech will return to the court December 17 when it hosts Portland State at 7:00 p.m.