Former Liberty County standout Metra Walthour led Georgia Tech with 19 points in the Yellow Jackets’ 61-46 win over Missouri in the final game of the Paradise Jam held Nov. 27 in the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Walthour was 4-of-6 shooting, but hit 7-of-8 free throws including 6-of-7 in the final two minutes of the game as Missouri tried to get back in the contest.
"I thought Metra Walthour was huge," Tech coach MaChelle Joseph said. "She hit some big 3s and her free throws down the stretch. To have four players in double figures is good. I was pleased with our overall effort. I think we’re getting better. We’re growing, learning about toughness from the teams we’ve played. We’d like to have gotten a couple more wins, but at this point in the year, we’ve been exposed. We know what we have to work on. In January and February we’ll be able to beat those types of teams."
Previously, Georgia Tech surrendered 68 points per game in losses to Connecticut, Tennessee and Georgetown, but the Tech staple, its stingy defense, returned against the Tigers. The Jackets held Mizzou to its second-lowest scoring total of the season with 46 points on 17-of-47 shooting.
Tech began the contest running smoothly offensively, building a 27-17 lead after a Sandra Ngoie-Hasahya three-pointer at the 4:49 mark. Walthour sparked the offense with two 3 pointers, both on assists from Tyaunna Marshall.
The Tigers held the Jackets scoreless from that point on and went on a 9-0 run to cut Tech’s halftime lead to one.
But Tech came out of the locker room with a bang.
Alex Montgomery hit a three at the 19-minute mark, Goodlett got a layup in the paint and Foster got a layup of her own after a Walthour steal.
The Yellow Jackets return to Atlanta to face Northwestern in a 7 p.m. matchup today at Alexander Memorial Coliseum in the fourth annual ACC/Big Ten Challenge.