Tech women blast Clemsons 74-48

ATLANTA -- Georgia Tech won its fourth straight game and its sixth in the last eight outings when the Yellow Jackets routed the Clemson Tigers, 74-48, Thursday night at McCamish Pavilion in the final home game of the regular season.

It was the eighth straight win for Tech (14-14, 7-10 ACC) over Clemson (9-19, 5-12 ACC) and the 15th win in the last 16 outings versus the Tigers.

Freshman Brittany Jackson led the Yellow Jackets with 22 points in just 15 minutes of play, including four 3-pointers. It is the fifth time this season Jackson has scored at least 20 points. Classmates Aaliyah Whiteside added 15 points and Roddreka Rogers pulled down 11 rebounds. For Rogers, it is the fourth straight game with double digit boards. Tyaunna Marshall finished with 10 points, five rebounds, five assists and two steals in 24 minutes.

"I think one of the best decisions we've made as a staff was to go with our young kids and develop them," head coach MaChelle Joseph said. "We just said we're going to take it on the chin right now, but we know down the road we're going to be a pretty good basketball team. I think we've shown improvement throughout the course of the season. I really feel like we're playing our best basketball right now and just starting to come into our own.

"Every one of these freshmen has an opportunity to make an impact on this program," Joseph added. "Anyone who can score 22 points in 15 minutes is a special player. I've really been after her [Jackson] to take more shots and look for her offensive game because that's what she brings to the table. Today she did that."

Clemson's Quinyotta Pettaway forced the first and only tie of the game with a layup at the 13:10 mark of the first half. From there, Georgia Tech went on a 14-0 run over the next five minutes, capped by a Whiteside 3-pointer, to take a 25-11 lead with eight minutes remaining in the opening period.

Mississippi St. 50,

No. 11 Georgia 38

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Mississippi State raced to a 10-0 lead and withstood several rallies to upset No. 11 Georgia, 50-38, at Humphrey Coliseum on Thursday night.

Wesleyan's Anne Marie Armstrong notched her first double-double of the season with 10 points and 10 boards in a losing effort for the Bulldogs (23-5, 11-4 SEC). Jasmine Hassell grabbed 12 rebounds, her fifth double-digit rebound effort in the last six games.

Kendra Grant's 13 points, including an 8-of-10 night from the line, paced State (13-15, 5-10 SEC).

"Mississippi State outplayed us," Andy Landers said. "They played harder. They played with more intent. They knocked us on our heels in the first two three minutes of the game. We were passive from the onset. That said, we got behind 24-9 and fought our way back. When we did, we shot ourselves in the foot. We weren't running the break. We were hurrying the break. And because of that we missed some chances to get back in this basketball game."

Georgia opened its last two contests with 9-0 and 13-0 starts against Arkansas and Ole Miss, respectively, but had the tables turned in Starkville.

State opened up a double-digit lead just 2:35 into the game before Jasmine James canned a 15-foot jumper to get the Bulldogs on the board.

The margin grew to 19-4, forcing a Georgia timeout with 12:36 left in the period. Darriel Gaynor, State's lone senior, scored eight of the Bulldogs' points during the surge. State maintained a 15-point edge at 24-9 before a Shacobia Barbee three ignited a 13-0 run to end the first half. Armstrong and Barbee did much of the damage during the surge, scoring six and five points, respectively.

State connected on 8-of-11 field goals en route to its first 19 points but then just hit 2-of-20 attempts from the floor over the remainder of the period. Georgia nearly took the lead on a Khaalidah Miller half-court buzzer beater that was slightly off target.

State regained an eight-point lead early in the second half, holding the Bulldogs without a field goal until the 12:28 mark.

Georgia methodically cut into the margin and pulled within two at 35-33 on a James layup with 6:27 remaining. The Bulldogs failed on four attempts to tie the game before Jerica James knocked down a three with 3:48 left.

State connected on 12-of-14 free throw attempts down the stretch to clinch the upset.

In addition to a season-low 38 points, the Bulldogs also had their worst field goal shooting performance of the season both overall (18.2 percent) and from three-point range (9.1 percent).