Washington's women's basketball team, without Mercedes Wetmore and Mathilde Gilling, who were out sick, played with just seven players in loss at Georgia Tech.
ATLANTA — The Washington Huskies, already short-handed, were without starting guard Mercedes Wetmore and backup post player Mathilde Gilling for their game Friday at Georgia Tech.
Wetmore and Gilling woke up with the flu and were unavailable. The seven players who were available fell to Georgia Tech 52-44 in a women’s basketball game.
Aaliyah Whiteside led the Yellow Jackets (5-5) with 19 points. Sophomore guard Jazmine Davis led the Huskies (7-3) with 21 points.
Washington led by double digits during the first half but struggled with its shooting and could not keep Georgia Tech off the glass, losing the rebounding battle 63-37.
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“I thought we played with great energy and effort,” UW coach Kevin McGuff said. “We just need to clean up a few things that Georgia Tech did better than us today.”
At first, the Huskies controlled play, rushing to a 16-4 lead as they handled the Georgia Tech press and found open shots. The UW guards, including Kassia Fortier, making her first start, moved the ball well, finding open shooters.
Georgia Tech did not score its fifth and sixth points until 7:03 left in the half. However, the Yellow Jackets closed out the half well, coming all the way back to take the lead, 22-19.
Washington shot just 2 for 17 from the three-point range in the half despite most of the shots being open after breaking the Georgia Tech press.
After the break, Georgia Tech wore down the Huskies, dominating them on the boards. Georgia Tech racked up 29 offensive rebounds. Although Washington held the Yellow Jackets to just 28.4 percent shooting, Georgia Tech took 20 more shots because of all the second chances.
Davis kept Washington in it in the second half, scoring 15 points. She continuously got in the lane, finishing around the basket or getting to the free-throw line, though she made just 4 of 10 from the line.
Talia Walton added 10 points and Kristi Kingma made three three-pointers. Aminah Williams led Washington with eight rebounds.
Next up for Washington will be UC Davis at home Friday, the Huskies’ final nonconference game.
Percentages: FG .259, FT .563. Three-point goals: 7-32 (Walton 1-6, Kingma 3-11, Williams 0-1, Fortier 0-1, Davis 3-10, Corral 0-3). Team rebounds: 1. Blocked shots: 4 (Walton 3, Fortier). Turnovers: 18 (Walton 3, Kingma 4, Williams, Fortier, Davis 5, Corral 2, Anderson). Steals: 5 (Kingma 2, Williams, Fortier, Davis). Technical fouls: None.
|GEORGIA TECH 5-5|
Percentages: FG .284, FT .500. Three-point goals: 2-17 (Whiteside 2-7, Blain 0-1, Maye 0-1, Fogdemark 0-4, Wallace 0-4). Team rebounds: 8. Blocked shots: 3 (Blain, Maye, Marshall). Turnovers: 16 (Whiteside, Blain 2, Hamilton-Carter 5, Maye 2, Marshall 4, Rogers 2). Steals: 9 (Whiteside, Hamilton-Carter 2, Maye 2, Marshall 3, Rogers). Technical fouls: None.
Attendance: 609. Officials: Billy Smith, Jennifer Rezac, Kevin Dillard.