Md. women overtake Ga. Tech Colleton leads way with 23 points

January 15, 1993|By Celeste Whittaker | Celeste Whittaker,Contributing Writer

ATLANTA -- The University of Maryland showed why it is ranked No. 3 in the nation last night, using a hard-nosed defense and tough rebounding to defeat Georgia Tech, 77-66, before 1,506 at Alexander Memorial Coliseum.

"I think our defense was the difference," said Maryland coach Chris Weller. "I was also impressed with how we played on the boards. When you can do that, you can run, and we need to run."

Katrina Colleton scored a career-high 23 points and Jessie Hicks added 21 -- 15 in the second half -- to lead the Terps (10-2, 2-1) in the win over Georgia Tech (8-3, 3-2).

It was the second straight ACC loss for the Yellow Jackets. Selena Baldwin and Joyce Pierce had 17 points to lead Georgia Tech.

"As I saw it was getting more physical, I had to play as hard as I could," said Hicks. "I was just going up strong when I got the ball."

The score was tied 6-6 early in the first half before Maryland went on a 20-6 tear and led 24-12 with 7:28 remaining. Maryland led 39-24 at halftime.

Pierce was held to four first-half points, and Georgia Tech shot 31 percent from the field.

"I think ever since Christmas, we've had a hard time putting it back together," Baldwin said. "Our defense has slacked off a lot. We've been getting behind from the beginning and having to fight back."

After the half, Georgia Tech capped an 8-0 run when Pierce hit a jumper after Georgia Tech got possession on a jump ball and were within 68-63 with 3:56 left. But five quick points by Hicks increased the lead to 10 with 2:48 remaining.

"In the second half, we went out and did what we wer supposed to do," Pierce said.

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