Georgia Tech Runs Over UTEP 102-77

Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

Kayla Davis had to have this one circled on the schedule, as she poured on 26 points against her father Antonio Davis's UTEP Miners in a 102-77 rout, giving UTEP its first setback of the season.

Much of the talk around the Georgia Tech Women's Basketball Team was the talent of Kayla Davis, and the tough, full court defensive pressure the Yellow Jackets would bring.

Both were on showcase Friday night as the Jackets flexed their muscle in an 102-77 win over the previously un-beaten Miners, and will possibly jump UTEP in the rankings, as the now 8-2 Yellow Jackets received four votes in the AP poll, and three in the USA Today Poll.

Stacie Telles sank two three pointers to keep the Miners within three at 11-8 with 16:44 to play in the first half, as both squads started out with a face neck turning pace.

That's as close as the Miners would get as Georgia Tech would jump out to a 54-38 halftime lead, carried by the Yellow Jacket duo of Davis and Tyuanna Marshall.

The Jackets shot 52.4 percent from the field and 5/11 from the 3-point land in the first stanza, controlling the last eight minutes.

They also owned the paint throughout the game with 23 offensive rebounds, leading to 59 points in the paint, making it the fourth straight game of scoring 91 points or more.

Jenzel Nash paced the Miners in the second half, scoring 18 for the game, along with 5 rebounds and 7/8 shooting from the free throw line.

The hole was just too deep, as Georgia Tech had answer and a half for every UTEP positive play.

Anete Kirsteine high arched back-to-back treys, only to have Kayla Davis respond with a three-point play giving Georgia Tech a 87-68 lead with 4:50 left in the game.

Davis finished with 26 points and 5 rebounds, Marshall was just as good with 23 points and 8 rebounds.

In total, four Yellow Jackets scored in double figures, as they dominated the boards 52-42, and forced 20 Miner turnovers.

Cameasha Tuner tied a career high with 14 points for UTEP, Kayla Thornton finished with a quiet 15 points, the Miners are now 9-1 on the season.

To along with the first loss of the campaign, the Miners failed to have a player grab more than 5 rebounds for the first time as well.

Keitha Adams bunch will have to re-group quickly as they face the Belmont Bruins in less than 24 hours in Puerto Rico, 12:30 PM Saturday.

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