PRINCETON, N.J. — Georgia Tech fought off a late Princeton rally to pick up a hard-fought road win Sunday afternoon in Jadwin Gymnasium, 67-56. Chanin Scott finished with a double-double behind 16 points and 13 rebounds.
“I’m really proud of this team,” head coach MaChelle Joseph said. “I thought that we found a way to win and gutted out a tough game on the road. I really thought Chanin Scott was a difference maker — she was all over the boards and getting us defensive rebounds to start our transition. I thought she really showed up in a huge way. At the end I thought Breanna Brown came in and got some key stops for us on the defensive end and came up with some big offensive rebounds. It was a total team effort and team win, and I think our depth really paid off for us today.”
How It Happened
After a tight first quarter, Tech (4-0) opened the second frame with a 7-0 spurt to grab a 21-12 lead and force Princeton (2-1) to burn a timeout with 7:02 left in the half. The Tigers, held scoreless in the second quarter for over seven minutes, shot a dismal 12.5 percent (2-16) in the period as Tech utilized the frame to capture its first double-digit lead. The Jackets scored 11 unanswered to lead 25-12 with 3:30 left in the half before Kenya Holland snapped the run and put Princeton on the board in the second quarter. Kaylan Pugh hit her third pair of free throws in the half before Princeton ended the frame with a three-point play from Bella Alarie for a 27-17 Tech advantage at halftime.
Tech expanded its lead out to 16 points twice in the third quarter, but a persistent Princeton squad remained close, answering the Jackets and cutting the score to seven following five points from Alarie at the 2:27 mark. The Jackets closed the third quarter with an 8-2 run to regain a 52-39 edge heading into the final quarter of play. Francesca Pan handed Tech a 59-44 lead hitting a triple at 6:35, but Princeton answered with a pair of three-pointers to slice the score to 59-50 with 5:36 left to play. The Tigers would cut the lead to five points, but Tech closed the game with a 6-0 run to secure a 67-56 win.
* Princeton shot 17.9 percent (5-28) in the first half compared to Tech’s 32.1 percent (9-28) shooting clip
* Scott recorded her first double-double of the season with a game-high 16 points and 13 rebounds. She finished with four steals and two assists
* Scott fueled Tech’s battle on the boards as the Jackets won the rebounding edge, 45-34
* Pan finished with 13 points, while Elo Edeferioka added 10 points
* For the game, Tech shot 41.4 percent (24-58) and held Princeton to a 32.2 percent (19-59) clip
* Tech went 15-for-22 from the free throw line paced by Pugh with a 6-for-6 effort
* Four Tigers finished in double-figures led by Alarie and Abby Meyers each with 12 points
Tech returns to McCamish Pavilion to host Georgia State on Tuesday at 11 a.m.