Georgia Tech coach MaChelle Joseph called it “bounce-back-ability”.
Whatever she calls it, it worked as Georgia Tech responded from a difficult loss at Duke on Friday with a resounding 67-54 win over Boston College on Sunday afternoon at Alexander Memorial Coliseum. With the win, the Jackets improve to 17-5 overall and 5-1 in the ACC, while Boston College drops to 15-5 and 2-3 in league play.
“I want to give a lot of credit to our players who came off the bench, Chelsea Regins, Mo Bennett and Nisha Adams, I thought they were huge for us,” Joseph said. “That’s what you expect of upperclassmen. We knew we were going to need to use some other people because of the quick turnaround. I told the kids we had to have bounce-back-ability.
“We said after the Duke game we’re going to throw it in the trash,” Joseph added. “It literally couldn’t have been any worse than it was, so let’s just throw it away and start over, and come out after Boston College. I thought we did that. I thought we came out aggressive and attacking.”
Possibly no Jacket showed more resiliency than senior Alex Montgomery, who tallied only two points on a pair of free throws against the Blue Devils. The Tacoma, Wash., native responded with her seventh double-double of the year and first since Jan. 2 against Jacksonville State with 15 points and a game-high 10 rebounds.
Junior point guard Metra Walthour notched her sixth double-figure scoring game with a team-best 16 points. It is the third time since ACC play started Walthour has finished in double-digits. Classmate Mo Bennett came off the bench to tie her season-high of 10 points on 5-of-7 shooting.