Yellow Jackets Buzz Past Tigers In Opening Round

Whiteside, Rogers combine for 43 points in 80-53 victory

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GREENSBORO, N.C. (theACC.com) – Georgia Tech is picking up steam at just the right time. 

Aaliyah Whiteside scored 23 points – three shy of her career high – and Roddreka Rogers added a career high 20 points and 14 rebounds as the Yellow Jackets downed Clemson 80-53 in the closing game of Wednesday’s ACC Women’s Basketball Tournament  first-round session at the Greensboro Coliseum.

It was the fourth consecutive victory for Georgia Tech, which closed the regular season with conference wins over Clemson, Duke and Wake Forest.

The 11th-seeded Yellow Jackets (18-13) advanced to Thursday’s 8 p.m. game against sixth-seeded North Carolina (23-7). The 14th-seeded Tigers closed out their season at 9-21.

Georgia Tech limited Clemson to 8-of-31 shooting from the floor in the first half and held the Tigers scoreless for a stretch of nearly five minutes. The Yellow Jackets scored 15 unanswered points en route to building a 43-22 lead at the break.

Tech sophomore guard Kaela Davis, who entered the game as the ACC’s leading scorer, scored just three first-half points after picking up two fouls and being limited to just 10 minutes of action. That hardly slowed the Yellow Jackets, who shot 58.3 percent from the floor and hit Clemson with a vicious inside-outside combination.

Whiteside worked her way inside and to the foul line for 13 first-half points, but Tech also shot 6-of-9 of from 3-point range – keyed by freshman Antonia Peresson’s 3-for-3 showing off the bench.

The Tigers were down but not out. A 12-2 Clemson run in the first three and half minutes of the second half cut the Yellow Jackets’ lead to 10 points (45-35). The game suddenly seemed anything but a done deal, particularly with Davis having picked up her third and fourth fouls.

But Tech countered with a burst of nine unanswered points – seven by Whiteside – and the Tigers were out of counter surges.

All nine players who saw action scored for the Yellow Jackets, who wound up shooting 50.9 percent for the game and outrebounded Clemson 47-31.

Senior Chelsea Lindsay led the Tigers with 12 points in her final collegiate game. Shelbie Davenport and Cha’Nelle Perry each scored 10.

Georgia Tech and North Carolina met once during the regular season, with the Tar Heels winning 96-81 at home on Jan. 11.