Georgia Tech 93, Illinois 69 — FINAL
ATLANTA — Jacqui Grant and Ivory Crawford each scored 14 points, but 22 turnovers doomed the Illini in a Big Ten/ACC Challenge loss at McCamish Pavilion.
Illinois’ Sarah Hartwell, who played her freshman season at Georgia Tech, scored nine points while battling foul trouble throughout.
Georgia Tech was led by Tyaunna Marshall, who scored 27 points and grabbed eight rebounds. Kaela Davis added 16 points.
The Yellow Jackets took advantage of the Illini on the glass, grabbing 27 offensive rebounds, leading to 29 second-chance points.
Illinois got 11 points from senior Amber Moore.
More later on HQ.
Georgia Tech 63, Illinois 47 — 11:39 second half
Well, this one’s pretty much out of hand as Ga. Tech is pretty much having its way with Illinois. The much bigger, more athletic team is winning here tonight. The Yellow Jackets have some impressive-looking athletes.
I caught up with former Flyin’ Illini Ervin Small, who’s here tonight. He lives in Atlanta, said he wears his Illinois gear everywhere. We’ll have more from Small this weekend online and in The News-Gazette.
I’ll hit you back at the end when this one goes final.
Georgia Tech 42, Illinois 30 — Halftime
There’s a link above to watch the live telecast via ESPN3, but I’m not sure you’re going to want to watch this one. It’s ugly for the orange team. Georgia Tech went on a 21-4 run during the second part of the first half to take control of this one after the Illini took a 16-14 lead.
It was a 10-0 run before Jacqui Grant hit a jumper. It was 19-4 (sound familiar) and the the Yellow Jackets got greedy and out-did them men’s run.
Sarah Hartwell sat for a bit with two fouls, but came back in with the Illini in trouble. She didn’t record her first points until the 5:00 mark. The former Yellow Jacket averaged about 11 per game.
Illinois is known for running the buzz defense, but it looks like Georgia Tech is running its own buzz and it has nothing to do with its mascot. The Yellow Jackets have forced 14 turnovers. So many empty possessions for Matt Bollant’s team tonight.
Ga. Tech also has 18 offensive rebounds, leading to 18 second-chance points. Yikes.
All told, Ga. Tech outscored the Illini 28-14 over the final 10 minutes.
Illinois was led by Grant’s nine points Ivory Crawford has seven.
Tyaunna Marshall has 15 points for the Yellow Jackets.
Illinois shot it relatively well 12 for 27 for 44.4 percent. Ga. Tech is 17 for 44 (38.6 percent), but they’re just getting so many chances. They’ve only turned it over nine times.
I need to eat again, this is making me hungry.
Illinois 15, Georgia Tech 14 — 10:23 first half
It's been a back-and-forth game so far, as the score would indicate.
Amber Moore drained a three and hit a pull-up jumper and leads the Illini with five points. Jacqui Grant has four.
Sarah Hartwell got a nice hand from the Georgia Tech fans when she was introduced during the starting lineups. Very nice of the Yellow Jackets fans to do that.
There are a few hundred people here, probably close to 100 Illini fans.
Just before the National Anthem, about three dozen students were shuttled in to sit alongside the band.
Illinois (5-3) at Georgia Tech (4-2) — 6 p.m. (ESPN3)
Good evening from Hank McCamish Pavilion on the campus of the Georgia Institute of Technology for the second of abasketball doubleheader featuring the Illini and the Yellow Jackets.
I'm the men's basketball guy, but I'll do my best to keep you up on what's happening here on the women's scene tonight.
Obviously, a much smaller crowd here tonight than there was last night for the men's game in the 8,600-seat arena. There are a healthy number of Illinois fans seated behind the team bench. Jeni Thomas, wife of Illinois athletic director Mike Thomas, is among them.
UI football great John Wright Sr. made the trip with Matt Bollant's team and he's positioned behind the bench, too. Wright spoke to the team today at the shootaround here at McCamish.
This is a homecoming of sorts for Sarah Hartwell, the UI sophomore, who played her freshman season at Georgia Tech. We'll catch up with Hartwell after the game to get some thoughts on the return from her.
I'll get back to you at the half to let you know how things are going. The Illini are hoping they fare better than the men did last night. They're hoping for smoother travel, too. The men had to wait to get off the ground in Atlanta, they were going to fly to Bloomington and then drive back to C-U because of heavy fog, but instead had to fly into St. Louis, spend the night in split hotels and bus back to C-U at about 11:30 this morning. Rough night.
As for the women, Matt Bollant will start Hartwell, Ivory Crawford, Alexis Smith, Jacqui Grant and Amber Moore.
Georgia Tech will go with Kaela Moore, Tyaunna Marshall, Sydney Wallace, Shayla Bivins and Roddreka Rogers.
I need to eat.