Ga Tech women fall to No. 10 Duke, 82-52

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 7, 2014 at 7:56 pm •  Published: March 7, 2014
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GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — Georgia Tech can't shoot against Duke. No wonder the Yellow Jackets can't beat their conference rivals.

Tech had its worst shooting performance of the season Friday night, making just 24 percent of its shots in an 82-52 loss to the 10th-ranked Blue Devils in the Atlantic Coast Conference quarterfinals.

The 10th-seeded Yellow Jackets have lost 37 straight to Duke, the tournament's No. 2 seed.

"We weren't able to make shots," coach MaChelle Joseph said. "When we can't make shots, we can't set our defense."

Tyaunna Marshall had 17 points on 5-of-18 shooting for Georgia Tech (20-11). Kaela Davis had 16 points on 6-of-22 shooting — and was 3 of 11 from 3-point range.

The Yellow Jackets remained winless against Duke in tournament games, lost in the league quarterfinals for the 23rd time in 29 years and have not beaten the Blue Devils since 1995.

The Blue Devils forced Tech into another terrible shooting performance: In the previous meeting, a 17-point Duke win in January, the Yellow Jackets shot 26 percent — which had been their worst of the season until this one.

On three different occasions Friday night, Tech missed at least seven consecutive shots.

Duke's zone defense "got spread further and further without hitting 3-point shots and getting the ball inside," Marshall said.

Haley Peters scored 19 points, Elizabeth Williams had 15 points and blocked five shots, and Tricia Liston added 15 along with her school-record-tying 80th 3-pointer of the season for the Blue Devils (26-5).

They shot 53 percent and used a 29-8 run to push their lead into the 20s.

Duke has made Greensboro its home-away-from-Cameron over the past few years, reaching the ACC championship game five times in coach Joanne P. McCallie's previous six tries and winning it three times — including last year.

The Blue Devils came here this year on a slide, having lost two of three while adjusting to season-ending injuries to two starting guards.

"We've done just a great job as a whole, everybody just embracing the challenge of what we've gone through this year," said Haley Peters, who scored 19 points.

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