Kaela Davis, one of the leading scorers in the Atlantic Coast Conference, was motivated and confident, moving with the music as she and her Georgia Tech teammates prepared to battle the University of Louisville women’s basketball team.
Averaging 21.2 points per game, having scored 30 or more in her last two. Feeling good, hamming it up for the cameras, expecting another good night.
The 6-foot-3 sophomore, a candidate for the John Wooden Award, would be sorely disappointed, with a stifling UofL defense. She would be held to a season-low 11 points, hitting only two of 15 field goal attempts. She would be tagged with her fifth foul at the 3:59 mark.
“She’s a great player, a super player,” said UofL Coach Jeff Walz. “We did a great job of pressuring her, denying her the ball. I’m really proud of how we executed on defense.”
Scoring honors would go to UofL freshman Mariya Moore, who would connect on nine of 12 shot attempts, including three of six three-point attempts, finishing with 22 points in a 75-48 romp for the Cardinals.
Georgia Tech trailed 22-20 with 4:30 remaining in first half before the Cardinals scored 11 straight points in less than three minutes to for a 33-20 advantage at halftime. That stretched into a 24-2 run, capped by a Sara Hammond spin move, that gave Louisville a 46-22 advantage with 16:33 to play and the game was essentially over.
The game was the first ever for the UofL women in the Atlantic Coast Conference, witnessed by 9,049 fans at the KFC Yum! Center. (Click on photos for slide show.)