SAN ANTONIO, Texas–The No. 4-seeded West Virginia University women’s basketball team dropped a 73-56 decision to No. 5-seed Georgia Tech in the second round of the 2021 NCAA Tournament on Tuesday evening, at the UTSA Convocation Center in San Antonio.
Sophomore forward Esmery Martinez led the Mountaineers (22-7, 13-5 Big 12) in scoring with 13 points and nine rebounds. Junior Kari Niblack tallied 12 and sophomore KK Deans added 11.
After missing eight game, junior guard Madisen Smith returned to the lineup.
Lotta Lahtinen scored 22 points for the Yellow Jackets. Lorela Cubaj had 21 and Kierra Fletcher 14.
After going on a 6-0 run, WVU took a 15-6 lead with 2:47 left in the first quarter. However, Georgia Tech got back-to-back 3s from Lahtinen and a jumper from fletcher to pull within two.
Sophomore guard Jayla Hemingway drained a triple to begin the second quarter that put the Mountaineers up by five but the Yellow Jackets went on a 7-0 run and took the lead.
WVU battled with Georgia Tech for the rest of the second quarter before the Yellow Jackets took a 36-32 lead to the locker room.
Georgia Tech stretched the lead 45-33 with 5:59 to play in the third quarter, forcing Mike Carey to call a timeout.
WVU cut the Yellow Jackets lead to 10 points three times over the second part of the third quarter but couldn’t pull any closer.
Senior Kysre Gondrezick was held to just three points on 1-of-6 shooting from the floor.
The Mountaineers shot 44 percent from the field. Georgia Tech shot 52 percent from the floor.
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