West Virginia fell to Georgia Tech 73-56 within the 2nd spherical of the NCAA Event on Tuesday night. The Mountaineers’ drought of reaching the Candy Sixteen is prolonged to 29 years following this yr’s 2nd spherical exit.
Georgia Tech was very careless with the basketball as they turned it over eight occasions within the first quarter, which allowed West Virginia to leap out to a 15-6 lead. Within the final two minutes. Nonetheless, the Yellow Jackets had been capable of piece collectively a 9-2 run to chop the result in simply two. Lotta-Maj Lahtinen missed two photographs inside on the final possession, the 2nd miss was rebounded by Lorela Cubaj who flipped it over her head to financial institution in two factors earlier than the sound of the horn.
The tempo picked up for each groups, which would appear to play into the fingers of West Virginia. Nonetheless, the Yellow Jackets outscored the Mountaineers 21-15 within the 2nd body because of their hustle to free balls and domination on the glass. Georgia Tech held a 21-9 rebounding benefit with seven of these being on the offensive finish of the ground.
Lahtinen was dialed in early as she led all scorers within the first half with 17 factors, together with going 3/4 from three-point vary. The Mountaineers, alternatively, needed to depend on KK Deans and Esmery Martinez for baskets as main scorer Kysre Gondrezick was held in verify with simply three factors within the half on 1/6 capturing.
Jasmine Carson, who transferred to WVU from Georgia Tech instantly offered a activate the bench hitting a 3 in transition to trim the Yellow Jacket result in two. Lahtinen hit a mid-range jumper to get two of these factors again to hold a 36-32 lead into the locker room.
Georgia Tech picked up proper the place they left off within the first half within the opening minutes of the third quarter by happening a 9-1 run and stretching their lead out to 45-33. The Mountaineers solely acquired up two photographs within the first six minutes because of the Yellow Jackets’ protection harassing WVU’s guards which pressured 4 turnovers.
West Virginia’s protection fell asleep on a number of events which led to straightforward appears to be like in and across the paint. Georgia Tech took benefit of their excessive proportion photographs and simply could not miss. On the defensive finish, the place the Yellow Jackets have a ton of success, they tightened issues up and took the Mountaineers utterly out of their rhythm. Gondrezick lacked the extent of confidence that she sometimes exudes after struggling to search out the underside of the web. The Mountaineers desperately wanted Gondrezick to be egocentric with the ball however she by no means hoisted up a single shot try within the 2nd half.
The Yellow Jackets maintained a 15-20 level cushion all through a lot of the 4th quarter and by no means allowed West Virginia to climb again into the sport. West Virginia’s season involves an finish with a last report of 22-7.
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