Georgia Tech junior forward Aaliyah Whiteside (2)Photo credit: Danny Karnik
Georgia Tech junior forward Aaliyah Whiteside (2)
Photo credit: Danny Karnik

By E. Marcel Pourtout, Editor

The Georgia Tech women’s basketball team dropped its home contest to #25/25 Syracuse 65-60 at the McCamish Pavillion on Sunday afternoon.

Kaela Davis had a game-high 18 points and team-high nine rebounds for Georgia Tech (14-10, 4-6 ACC). Aaliyah Whiteside (17 points) and Zaire O’Neil (10 points) also scored in double-figures for the Yellow Jackets. Whiteside and O’Neil each had six rebounds.

Overall, the Yellow Jackets struggled from the field, shooting only 33.3 percent from the field.

“I’m really proud of this team for battling back,” Georgia Tech head coach MaChelle Joseph said. “It’s disappointing to lose to another top 25 team. It’s one of those things where our freshmen and sophomores are getting tremendous experience.”

Alexis Peterson and Brianna Butler each scored a team-high 14 points for the Orange (17-7, 7-4 ACC). Briana Day grabbed a team-high eight rebounds and score 12 points. Syracuse didn’t have a banner shooting day itself, finishing the contest at 36.1 percent.

Syracuse started the game on a 10-2 run to start the contest. Georgia Tech mounted a comeback and finished the first half on an 11-2 run to make the score 35-30 in favor of the Orange heading into halftime.

Davis scored a game-high 10 points for Yellow Jackets while Whiteside had eight. Overall, Georgia Tech shot 36.7 percent from the field in the first half, making three out of 10 three-pointer attempts.

Day and Peterson each scored a team-high eight points each for the Orange. Syracuse shot 37.8 percent in thf the first half. The Orange attempted 18 three-pointers in the half, converting eight of them.

Syracuse started the second half on a 15-8 run to take a 50-38 lead with 11:52 left in the contest. Both teams scored 30 points each in the second half to finish out the contest.