Photo: Craig Cappy Georgia Tech's Sydney Wallace (23) shoots and scores over Kennesaw's Tamasha Bolden (5) during Tuesday's game at the Arena at Gwinnett Center.
DULUTH -- Facing an opponent dressing just eight players, Georgia Tech's women's basketball team's goal was to wear down visiting Kennesaw State in their meeting Tuesday night.
The Yellow Jackets did just that, as Danielle Hamilton-Carter posted her first career double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds, and Tyaunna Marshall added 14 points and five boards to cruise to a 91-54 win before 942 fans at the Arena at Gwinnett Center.
All but one of the 14 players that took the floor for Tech (4-0), ranked No. 25 in the recent ESPN/USA Today Coaches' Poll, broke into the scoring column, with Tjasa Gortnar also reaching double figures with 10.
And with six available players over 6-feet tall compared to just four for Kennesaw State, the Tech had the Owls (2-2) outsized as well as outmanned, and it showed, with the Jackets scoring 72 of their 94 points in the paint.
"Obviously, I'm pleased with the balance we had on the offensive end inside and outside," Tech coach MaChelle Joseph said. "It was a great chance to play a lot of people. Credit Kennesaw State. I really thought this is one of the better teams they had. I know they're a little short-handed on the perimeter, and it's tough to play a team like Georgia Tech that presses for 40 minutes when you only have three or four guards.
"I really felt like we did a good job of getting the ball inside -- that was a goal for the game -- and controlling the boards. ... We did a good job getting post touches."
With four players not dressed out due to injury and two others -- including Collins Hill grad Bria Young -- suspended for the game, the short-handed Owls gamely battled to stay close.
An early 7-2 run pulled Kennesaw State to within 13-9 after Ashley Holliday's 3-pointer with 13:22 left in the first half.
But Mo Bennett and Marshall helped Tech answer with a 15-5 run over the next 5:18 with four points each to push the lead into double digits for good at 28-14 after LaQuananisha Adams' layup with 8:04 left in the half.
The Jackets then limited KSU to just one field goal in the final 5:12, ending the half on a 13-3 run, with five of those points coming from Hamilton-Carter, that sent them into intermission with a commanding 51-25 lead.
The 6-4 junior from Sweden, who sat out the first 10 games last season due to the NCAA's international transfer rules, had a big first half with nine points and five rebounds, and used much of the first half to increase her comfort level with her game and her teammates.
"It feels great," Hamilton-Carter said. "I'm really excited to be able to start out the season with the team. ... I'm just going to move hard from here and keep working hard.
"We needed to take advantage of mismatches inside. We've been working on in practice demanding the ball and getting post touches. We need to be a post presence and establish ourselves inside."
Hamilton-Carter and the Jackets only made it tougher on KSU in the second half by scoring the first 11 points and holding the Owls without a field goal for the first 8:07 of the half to blow the game wide open.
"That's Georgia Tech," said KSU coach Colby Tilley, whose team plays another ACC powerhouse by traveling to North Carolina on Sunday. "There's layers of Division I, and Georgia Tech is at the top. ... They were bigger. They were stronger. More athletic. It's tough when you play teams like that.
"I thought our kids worked hard. They got frustrated when they got down as much as they did, ... and we only had six players (take the floor). They got tired, but they tried to work through it. We had three players play 40 minutes. You play 40 minutes against Georgia Tech and their pressure, you're going to wear out."
Though only three players reached double figures, Sasha Goodlet (eight points, seven rebounds), Bennett (nine points, four rebounds, three steals) and Dawnn Maye (four points, seven steals, six assists) also had a strong game for Tech, which travels to Puerto Rico to faced ranked opponents Rutgers and Green Bay before returning to the Arena at Gwinnett Center a week from tonight to face Nebraska.
Taylor Mills led KSU with 17 points, 15 of which came on 5-of-14 shooting from 3-point range, while Kristina Wells added 12 points and seven rebounds.