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Davis scores 20 as Tech women win opener

ATLANTA — Kaela Davis missed her first six shots, possibly showing a few early freshman jitters in her regular-season Georgia Tech debut.

The former Norcross and Buford standout got going late in the first half, though, as she followed a lay-up by hitting two straight 3-pointers.

Davis, rated one of the top freshmen in the country, finished with a game-high 20 points in leading the Yellow Jackets a 79-57 victory over Coppin State on Friday night.

The 6-foot-2 forward shot 7-for-18, including 4-for-10 from 3-point range, but pulled down a game-best 11 rebounds. She also had three steals and two assists in 27 minutes.

Tech scored the game’s first seven points, but trailed 12-11 as it obviously missed returning All-ACC guard Tyaunna Marshall, who is sidelined because of a concussion. The Yellow Jackets got back on track to lead 37-20 at halftime.

With Davis the key addition, Tech is hoping to rebound from a 14-16 season that snapped a streak of six straight NCAA Tournament appearances. The Yellow Jackets were picked to finish fifth in the ACC preseason poll.

Davis won a state title as a freshman at Norcross and another as a sophomore at Buford.

Although she didn’t complete her senior season at Buford, she still played in the McDonald’s All-American Game and won the 3-point shooting contest.

Nariah Taylor, a 6-foot-5 sophomore, had 14 points and seven rebounds for Tech against Coppin State, while senior point guard Dawnn May contributed eight points, six assists and three steals. The Yellow Jackets host Western Carolina on Sunday at 2 p.m.