Dec. 20, 2009
ATLANTA, Ga. - Georgia Tech used a 22-5 run to close the first half, handing Arizona a 70-48 defeat on Sunday afternoon at Alexander Memorial Coliseum.
The Arizona loss spoiled a homecoming for head coach Niya Butts, who was coaching her first game back in her home state of Georgia in front of more than 200 friends and family from in and around her hometown of Americus.
The inside-outside combination of Alex Montgomery and Brigitte Ardossi provided a presence that Arizona could not contain. The duo accounted for a total of 35 points and 14 rebounds on 13-of-17 shooting.
Looking to bounce back from a loss to New Mexico 10 days ago, the Wildcats started the game with energy and an executed their game plan against the Jackets' full-court pressure. Junior forward Soana Lucet had 10 early points as the Cats picked apart the press.
The solid Arizona start slowly eroded when all-American Ify Ibekwe went to the bench with her second foul at the 10:54 mark. From that point until halftime, the Wildcats were outscored, 32-15.
The Wildcats also struggled from three-point range for one of the few times this season. Entering the game shooting 37 percent as a team, the Cats were just 2-of-21 (.095) from distance, missing their last 15 attempts after starting 2-of-6.
The Georgia Tech bench poured in 19 points in the first half, led by a trio of three-pointers for Alex Montgomery, who tossed in 13 points before the break. LaQuananish Adams entered late in the half and knocked down three-straight jumpers from the right elbow to spark a 22-5 run to close the final 6:15.
After making 8-of-15 shots to start the game, Arizona finished 21-of-60 (.350) from the field while Georgia Tech was 28-of-53 (.528), including a 5-of-11 clip (.455) from three-point range.
Lucet led all scorers with 19 points for Arizona, but was the only player to tally in double figures. Ibekwe ended the game with 8 points and 11 rebounds while Davellyn Whyte also tossed in 8 points to go along with 5 assists.
Arizona (5-3) returns to the floor on Wednesday, December 23 with a visit to UC Riverside with tip-off set for 1:00 p.m. (PT)