Statistically Turtles And Jackets

By Jeff Lippman - January 20, 2008


Georgia Tech proved a lot Sunday for heading back to Atlanta with a loss on their record.

The Yellow Jackets may have dropped their game against No. 4 Maryland, but after taking the Terps to the brink of disaster that spanned two overtime periods and a GT lead with under 2 minutes remaining, Maryland's 99-95 win was still invigorating for the Buzz.

The most impressive aspect of Georgia Tech's stat sheet was who led them in scoring.

While last year the Yellow Jackets were able to upset the Terps in Atlanta, this year they came oh so close to pulling the feat again, this time in College Park. Only their two leading scorers today weren't even members of the team last year.

Freshmen Alex Montgomery and Iasia Hemingway had monster games, with Montgomery scoring 26 points on 11-for-17 shooting and seven rebounds and Hemingway dropping 20 on 10-of-17 from the field.

These two big-time freshman will make Georgia Tech, now 16-3, a team to reckon with in the ACC this conference season and for years to follow.

Stats Don't Lie

Maryland's box score is quite interesting as well.

In fact, the game the Terps played portrays perfectly the positive and negative aspects of their team.

The Terps scored 99 points and only two came from the bench. Their starters scored 97 points. What does this tell us? Obviously Maryland's starters are amazing, and obviously Maryland is not a very deep team right now.

The Terps need to find some more consistent depth or fast teams like North Carolina, Tennessee and Connecticut will be able to wear the Terps down. Of course, Maryland was taken to two overtimes - all five starters played over 40 minutes - by the Jackets and still managed to find the energy to pull out the win.

Senior All-American Crystal Langhorne played like one, scoring 31 points and grabbing 15 rebounds. The 15 boards are impressive, but not as impressive as the 20 rebounds senior Laura Harper collected to go along with 24 points. Marissa Coleman also added 24 points and made 11-of-12 free throws.

Those are some impressive numbers, but where is the Terps leading scorer Kristi Toliver? Well, as I wrote in a previous column, when Toliver doesn't shoot well, the Terps struggle. Toliver scored six points on 2-for-8 shooting and look what happened.

A big game from Toliver and this could have been a blowout, but then again, with no bench production, Maryland needed points from all of its starters.

Take some time to study this box score, if anarchy is beauty, then this is a sight to be seen.

Posted by Jeff Lippman at 04:40 PM on January 20, 2008
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