Tanya Latson once again becomes tech’s kryptonite
Georgia Tech women’s basketball started ACC play in Tallahassee, Florida, but lost 95-80 to the 22nd-ranked Florida State Seminoles in their final game of 2023. The meeting of 9-3 teams moved Tech to 9-4 on the season. Even though they lost, they still recorded the highest score of the season.
The whole game was offense, offense, offense no matter where you look at it. Florida State was led by sophomore Tanya Latson, who shot 50.6 percent to Tech’s 43.8 percent. Her game-high 30 points was the ninth time in her young career, the ninth time she has scored 30 or more points, and also the third time in three chances against Tech. To do so.
Kayla Blackshear was a driving force for Tech in the paint, scoring 22 points on 10-for-18 shooting, two points shy of her career high. Kara Dunn was Tech’s leading scorer with 24 points, marking her fourth game this season with 20 or more points. Tony Morgan and Luzne Augustine Knight also scored in double figures with 13 and 15 points, respectively.
Tech’s main struggles were both overall defense (leading defender Ines Noguero was sidelined due to injury) and free throw shooting, allowing 54 points in the paint but shooting just 9-19 from the stripe. . Carla Dunn was the only Jacket to make all of her free throws on the lone outing, going 2-2. Tony Morgan’s early foul trouble forced extra runs from Sidney Johnson as well, resulting in just four points in 21 minutes.
The second half was decisive for Tech, who trailed by just one point at the end of the first half, but were outscored 52-38. Augustinate was called on just 1-6 shooting, and Tech as a whole was outrebounded 23-15. On the bright side, Tech teams scored 42% of the time with him, and at least he held him to just two turnovers in the second half.
Florida State’s lead grew to 14 points about halfway through the fourth quarter, and the final five minutes of the game became garbage time, the most time Tech played at a disadvantage (by our measurements) all season. Ta.
Tech was ineffective in stopping Florida State’s good run early on, with Kayla Blackshear leaving the game at one point with no one else to guard the shooter, and Tony Morgan getting into early foul trouble. I lost it. Tanya Latson found an opening and punished Tech early, helping FSU take a 15-8 lead midway through the quarter.
Kara Dunn hit a three to end FSU’s 6-0 run, then Latson made a shot of her own on the next possession to take an 18-11 lead. Another 3 with 1:50 left took a 21-13 lead, but Tech gained momentum with four consecutive buckets, including an Augustina 3, and cut the lead to 23-21 by the end of the quarter.
2nd Quarter (23-21 FSU)
Back-to-back layups by Blackshear gave Tech a 25-23 lead going into the quarter break. The run peaked at 7-0 after Augustine Knight hit her second three and made a nice step-back. With less than six minutes left, Sara Bejedi cut Tech’s lead to 30-29 with an excellent driving layup, but once again Blackshear put the ball on the floor and hit another layup of her own. Created a shot.
After switching to a 2-3 zone, the Seminoles went on a 7-0 run to take a 36-34 lead and kept Tech off balance offensively for several minutes. Kara Dunn made another 3 to stop the bleeding again and put Tech up 37-36 with 2:20 left. Latson took matters into her own hands, scoring five straight points on the next two FSU offensive possessions, forcing Tech head coach Nell Fortner to call a timeout. Augustine Knight hit his third three out of a timeout to tie the game at 40 points. Tech ended with Blackshear’s midrange jumper to make it 43-42 at the half. Tech managed to win the quarter by one point, even though FSU hit six of its final seven shots.
3rd Quarter (43-42 FSU)
Florida State went on offense in the third, starting with a 3-point play by Latson in the first five seconds to take a 46-42 lead. After Blackshear hit two more layups to put Tech up 50-50, the Seminoles took a 9-0 lead with three minutes to play, primarily off the floor by Kara Dunn and Luzne Augustine Knight. . Kara Dunn was able to make a few buckets to narrow FSU’s lead a bit, but Tanya Latson countered with a layup to break the 20-point mark and put the Seminoles ahead by 10, ending with a spinning buzzer-beater. He hit a layup for 69 points. 59.
4th quarter (69-59 FSU)
Kara Dunn made a nice layup to make it 69-61 to start the final quarter, but Makayla Timpson’s third putback shortly after cut FSU’s lead to 11 points at 73-62. Spread it out. O’Mariah Gordon then made a 3 about a minute later at 7:23, increasing the lead to 14. Tech managed to get a bonus on their next possession, giving them a seven-minute free throw chance, but poor free throw shooting prevented them from scoring. Zero advantage (his two misses from both Morgan and Augustine Knight). Tech’s starters stayed in the game until the end, but the rest of the quarter was essentially garbage time.
Statistics via Florida State
Points: Tanya Latson (FSU) – 30
Assists: Omariah Gordon (FSU) – 7
Rebounds: Makayla Timpson (FSU) – 14
Turnovers: Tony Morgan (GT)/Carla Dunn (GT)/Makayla Timpson (FSU) – 2
- Defense still has no heart: Ines Noguero not playing today was certainly something to note, and trying to stop Latson would have definitely been an improvement, but he still allowed 95 points in a game where the offense scored 80. There are no excuses. That’s two out. Out of three games dating back to last year in which the Seminoles scored at least 95 points. Scoring 80 points against the No. 22 team in the country is no small feat, but it doesn’t hurt to focus on just one side of the ball. In an earlier press conference, Nel pointed out that tech companies don’t have the defensive mind needed to win games. This defeat symbolized that. Having said this, technology doesn’t just wake up one day and have that equipment. They will need to feel it and make it a habit.
- Let’s make a free throw! Tech was one of the best teams in the ACC last season. now? As of today, they are 12th in the conference at 68.4%, but today’s 47.4% certainly puts them below that. I feel like he’s just an armchair expert who has memorized 10,000 hours of sports content, but he needs to be able to legally make shots without anyone getting in his way more often than not. Masu.
- Looking forward, he can get a lot of reps against some good teams. Currently, six teams in the ACC (seven if you want to include Stanford) are in the top 25. There are still six games left among those teams. It could be more or even less depending on how the coming weeks unfold. Game over, this team is doing better than last year and has much better weapons than before. Rusne Augustinaite leads his ACC in his 3PT%. Tony Morgan ranks fourth in total assists. Blackshear, Dunn, Morgan and Augustine Knight are all in the top 20 in scoring. Slowly but surely, the pieces are coming together.
Georgia Tech women’s basketball’s next game will be against Virginia at McCamish Pavilion on Thursday, January 4th at 7pm on ACCNX.
Jack Purdy is a non-profit sportswriter and co-host of the show: Descendants of Southland From the rumble sheet.He previously held the following positions TechniqueHe was an assistant sports editor at and graduated from Georgia Tech in 2022. Follow Jack on Twitter @Jack Nicolaus
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