ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia Tech coach MaChelle Joseph knew Maryland presented a major matchup problem in the paint.
It hardly helped that Kaela Davis, Tyaunna Marshall and other Yellow Jackets weren’t patient enough in trying to win one-on-one matchups on offense.
“I’m sure it was with good intention that each player was trying to make a play,” Joseph said. “But it seemed like we were each individually putting it on our shoulders to try to win the game.”
Davis scored 21 points and Marshall added 11 in Georgia Tech’s 79-62 loss to No. 8 Maryland on Sunday.
The Yellow Jackets (17-10, 7-7 Atlantic Coast Conference) have dropped two straight. In the series, Georgia Tech has lost seven in a row and 11 of 13 to Maryland.
Maryland (22-5, 10-4 Atlantic Coast Conference) never trailed in winning their second straight game and sixth in the past seven.
“I think that’s one of the best defensive efforts I’ve ever seen a Maryland team give,” Joseph said. “Obviously we had a hard time with their inside game.”
Thomas gave Georgia Tech fits all afternoon.
After finishing the first half with nine points and seven rebounds, Thomas showed why she’s been selected the ACC player of the year over the past two seasons.
In the first minute of the second half, she grabbed a defensive rebound, dribbled up the floor, made a long bounce pass to Rutan, who bounced the ball back to a cutting Thomas for a fast-break layup and an 11-point lead.
Thomas made it 41-29 on Maryland’s next possession, driving the left side of the lane past two Georgia Tech defenders for an uncontested layup.
Maryland, the nation’s fifth-best rebounding team, pulled down 49 boards - 20 on the offensive end. The Terrapins outscored Georgia Tech 60-26 in the paint, 18-2 on fast breaks and had a 21-3 advantage in assists.
“I think we were prepared for what they were going to run today,” Thomas said. “We knew everything that they were going to do. We were in the passing lanes. We made it really difficult for them to get into a flow.”
Georgia Tech had few bright spots, even in the first half.