Auburn AL.-The Auburn Tigers women’s basketball team (2-1) fell to the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (3-0) 57-51, after a lackluster first period, what appeared to be a lid on the basket for the Tigers, and an inability to stop Georgia Tech’s Cameron Swartz.
Auburn’s Honesty Scott-Grayson would score a three just 48 seconds into the first period, the Yellow Jackets would go onto take back the lead with a little under six and a half minutes left to play in the first period thanks to Nerea Hermosa making it 4-3, Tech would hold the lead into the fourth period.
Auburn would go on to score five points in the first period, and shooting 1-18 from the field, and having eight turnovers helping the Yellow Jackets produce a 17-5 lead heading into the second period.
"I just thought we came out passive, we didn’t come out aggressive,” Auburn head coach Johnnie Harris said.
Auburn just could not seam to break the seal around the basket tonight shooting 20-76 from the field and going 2-19 from beyond the arc.
However, Auburn would shoot 75% from the cherry stripe. Auburn was unable to use that well that much against Georgia Tech as they were only able to muster 12 free throws.
“They were kind of sagging off making us shoot over them,” coach Harris said “we were shooting it a little bit too fast.”
On the other side of the scorer’s table Georgia Tech had Cameron Swartz who was not only the Yellow Jackets leading scorer with 16, but also played 40 minutes straight.
Swartz was also instrumental in the Yellow Jackets taking back the lead after Auburn was able to grab the lead back early in the fourth period having two key steals that secured a 6-0 run after the lead change and a Yellow Jacket win 57-51.
"They were getting to the hole," Harris said on what was working for Georgia Tech. "We were still getting to the hole as well, we just missed layups. We missed, I don’t know how many layups, there in the fourth quarter. We got what we wanted, we just didn’t capitalize on it and I think they did."
"There’s no good part in losing, but to see the hurt in them — I didn't see that last year — so I feel like they will take this and grow from it,” coach Harris said.
Auburn’s next game will be in Neville Arena against Alabama State on Sunday at 2:00pm, and the Tigers will take on Las Vegas in the Las Vegas Invitational on November 25th and 26th.