Powered by a tough defense and an efficient offense, Georgia Tech rolled to a team record 12th straight win by beating the Virginia Cavaliers 68-48 at Alexander Memorial Coliseum Thursday afternoon.
With the victory, the Jackets improve to 15-4 and 3-0 in conference play, while Virginia drops to 10-8 and 0-3 in the ACC.
With the win, Georgia Tech improves to 3-0 in conference play, only the second time in school history and first since 1992-93 that the Jackets have been perfect through three games.
Tech was led by senior Alex Montgomery who came within one rebound of a double-double and had 14 points. Freshman Tyaunna Marshall scored a game-high 16 points, her seventh consecutive double-figure game.
Junior point guard Metra Walthour dished out a career-best nine assists, while Marshall tied her career-high with five helpers.
The Jackets went on an 11-0 run early in the first half, pressuring the Cavaliers while holding them scoreless over seven minutes of play on the way to jumping out to a 19-6 lead.
Three players, Deja Foster, Sasha Goodlett, and Montgomery all had nine rebounds as the Jackets had a great night on the boards.
The game marked the 17th time in 19 games this season the Jackets have out-rebounded their opponent, picking up 39 to Virginia’s 25.
Of the 39 total, 17 came on the offensive side and led to 15 second chance points.
Goodlett added 14 points, finishing in double digits for the ninth time this season and sixth time in the last eight games.
Foster tossed in 10 points, the third time this season she has been in double digits, but the first since Dec. 28 against Mercer.
“We’ve been talking about getting post touches and getting [Goodlett] the ball more,” Joseph said. “I felt like in the wins over North Carolina and Clemson she was key, the difference maker. We’re used to Metra, Alex and Ty carrying us, but in ACC play we know we have to have an inside game. I thought she was a difference.”
Tech struggled from beyond the arc, only connecting on 1-of-6, but shot 100 percent from the free throw line in 11 attempts, marking the first time in school history the Jackets have made 100 percent of their free throws in a game when shooting at least 10. The Cavaliers also had a poor night shooting three-pointers, missing on seven chances.
The Jackets worked on pushing the pace all game. They had 10 steals and forced 22 Cavalier turnovers, leading to 21 points.