ATLANTA - Georgia Tech's hot shooting to open the game lifted the Yellow Jackets to an 80-52 victory over UT Arlington on Sunday at McCamish Pavilion.
The Yellow Jackets (9-1) knocked down 12 consecutive shots during a 19-0 run in the first, while UTA (5-4) was unable to find a rhythm offensively. Georgia Tech improved to 2-0 in the all-time series as the teams met for the first time since 2008.
Despite the slow first quarter, UTA responded during the next 20 minutes to outscore Georgia Tech, including a monster third quarter by Crystal Allen. Allen finished with a game-high 22 points to tie her career high of 22 scored against Oral Roberts on Nov. 13. Rebekah VanDijk came up just short of her third consecutive double-double, finishing with eight points and eight rebounds. Laurynn McGowen finished with nine points, one short of her season high.
UTA gets a seven-day break between games as it closes out its three-game road trip – all against Power 5 opponents – on Sunday Dec. 17 at Arkansas. The Lady Mavs then close out nonconference play at College Park Center on Dec. 21 against San Francisco.
HOW IT HAPPENED
First Quarter: UTA's offense continued to have issues taking care of the ball, turning it over 11 times during the opening period. Georgia Tech took advantage with hot shooting, knocking down 12 consecutive shots during the middle of a 19-0 run and led 27-6 after the opening 10 minutes. The Lady Mavs were just 3-for-13 in the first, while GT hit 12 of 16 shots taken.
Second Quarter: The Lady Mavs improved their ball control in the second quarter as neither team's offense could match the defensive play in the quarter. Both teams went for stretches of more than three minutes without field goals, including five minutes from the Yellow Jackets without a made shot before a 3-pointer by GT's Francesca Pan. Georgia Tech closed the quarter with just one field goal in nine tries as it outscored UTA just 14-13 in the frame.
Third Quarter: The third stanza was all Allen as the senior poured in 16 points, including back-to-back trips down the floor with 3-pointers. The Lady Mavs also found their shot, knocking down 37.5 percent. Down by 24 points, UTA cut the lead down to 16 before back-to-back buckets fell for Georgia Tech to hold a 20-point advantage going to the final 10.
Fourth Quarter: With momentum on the Lady Mavs' side going to the fourth, Georgia Tech took a final grasp of the game with an 8-0 run early in the fourth to build up its lead beyond 20 points. UTA helped the Jackets along with three turnovers during the stretch.
KEY STATS: Georgia Tech shot 54.1 percent to UTA's 29.8... UTA turned the ball over 22 times, including 14 in the first quarter... UTA outscored Georgia Tech 32-31 between the second and third quarters... Allen's 22-point game was her fifth of the season with 15 points or more and sixth double-digit scoring game.
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