South Georgia Tech starts fast, runs away with 77-26 win over Monroe College.
LUBBOCK, Texas – Kamya Hollingshead drained five 3-pointers as part of her game-high 15 points, and South Georgia Tech dominated from start to finish in a 77-26 victory over Monroe College in the opening round of the NJCAA Women’s Division I Basketball Championship at the Rip Griffin Center.
Alexia Dizeko also had 15 points for the Jets (27-6), who outmatched Monroe (14-5) in every phase of the game en route to the victory. The win puts South Georgia Tech into the second around where it will face Arizona Western (29-2) on Thursday.
“When (Hollingshead) gets going she can really light it up,” South Georgia Tech coach James Frey said. “She’s made eight or 10 in a game a couple of times before, so she’s got that in here. She makes it really hard to double us. Fanta Gassamma is good inside, Alexia Dizeko is very versatile for us inside, (Camryn) James is very good for us inside. But when we get it going from the perimeter, we make ourselves pretty formidable.”
Not only did the Jets get the job done offensively, they were dominant on the defensive end as well, holding Monroe to just 15.5 percent (9 of 58) from the field for the game, including 1 for 12 from 3-point range. South Georgia Tech also outrebounded the Mustangs 56-37, outscored Monroe 30-10 on points in the paint and 27-4 on points off turnovers.
South Georgia Tech offensively hit on 43.3 percent from the field (29 of 67) and finished 9 of 22 from 3-point range.
“I thought we played with some intensity,” Frey said. “We’ve got nine freshmen, and that’s been our challenge all year long is getting them to play with consistency and with intensity all the time. In the games we’ve done that, we’ve been pretty good. I told our kids coming into this that if you play with that kind of intensity, and we execute a little bit on offense and take care of it, we’ve got a shot at making some noise.”
Luana Leite chipped in 12 points for South Georgia Tech and Gassama added 11 in the win.
Naomi Barnwell led Monroe college with nine points
The Jets came out blazing from the very beginning, showing no signs of first-game jitters. Led by the 3-point barrage from Hollingshead, South Georgia Tech raced out to a 10-0 lead before the Mustangs knew what hit them.
And that was just the beginning. After opening the game with a 10-0 run, the Jets closed it with a 9-2 spurt for a 21-6 lead at the end of the period. That lead grew to 24-6 early in the second before Monroe made its first surge with a 5-0 run to pull to within 24-11.
But South Georgia Tech answered by ending the first half on an 18-2 run led by Hollingshead, who hit three of her four 3-pointers in the stretch to push the Jets lead to 42-13 at the intermission.
South Georgia Tech shot 45.5 percent from the field in the first half and was 7 of 16 from 3-point range.
By contrast, Monroe hit just 18.8 percent from the field and was 0-for-3 from beyond the arc. The Mustangs hit just six total field goals the entire first half.
The second half was a repeat of the first for South Georgia Tech, which opened the third quarter with nine straight points to go up 51-13 and never look back.