Tech women crush Alabama State in holiday tournament

Alabama State was no match for the Georgia Tech womens basketball team Sunday.

Guards Kaela Davis and Dawnn Maye each scored 18 points and the Tech defense was stifling in a 99-58 victory at the Yellow Jackets’ holiday tournament at McCamish Pavilion.

Tech (9-3) will play Hampton, a 71-50 winner over Brown in the first game of the day, in the tournament championship game Monday at 2:00 p.m.

It didn’t take long for the hosts to run away from Alabama State (6-4). Tech scored the first 15 points of the game, six each coming from Davis and Tyaunna Marshall. The Hornets finally got on the scoreboard when Brittney Wright hit a jumper five minutes into the game, but didn’t score again until Quentori Alford had a lay up with 9:32 to play in the opening half.

By that time Tech had opened up a 33-4 lead, and as the Yellow Jackets went into the locker room up 58-23, the defense had forced 15 of Alabama State’s eventual 33 turnovers and held the SWAC school to just 27 percent shooting through the first 20 minutes.

Starters Marshall and Sydney Wallace had 16 and 10 points, while reserve Katarina Vuckovic added 11 points to join Maye in leading a 45-point day from the bench.

Alabama State was led by Jasmine Peeples and Danielle Gazaway, who both contributed 11 points off the bench. The Hornets will play Brown in the consolation game Monday at 12:00 p.m.