THE FLATS – Georgia Tech women’s basketball concludes this two-game homestand welcoming undefeated, No. 8 NC State on Sunday.
STARTING FIVE AGAINST NC STATE
- After a midweek bye, Georgia Tech returns to action on Sunday, hosting undefeated No. 8 NC State. Tip is slated for 2 p.m. on ACC Network Extra.
- The Yellow Jackets look to collect their third win over a top 25 opponent on Sunday, coming off a 65-55 victory over No. 12 Syracuse most recently. Tech earlier defeated No. 14 Georgia in McCamish Pavilion. NC State comes into the contest as the last remaining undefeated team in the nation.
- Through Tech’s six ACC games this season, the freshman pair of Elizabeth Balogun and Elizabeth Dixon have made a strong impact. The two lead the Jackets offensively in conference games, paced by 17.3 points per game from Balogun and Dixon who averages 8.3 points and 7.3 rebounds per game.
- After helping the Jackets upset No. 12 Syracuse, Elizabeth Balogun received her fourth ACC Freshman of the Week honor last Monday. Between Balogun and Elizabeth Dixon, the Jackets have earned six Rookie of the Week honors this season.
- Head coach MaChelle Joseph is in her 16th season on The Flats and carries an all-time career record of 307-197. Joseph is the all-time winningest coach in program history and holds the highest winning percentage in Yellow Jacket history at 60.9 percent.
Georgia Tech and NC State meet for the 70th time in program history on Sunday with the Wolfpack leading the all-time series, 46-23. NC State has taken the last five outings between the conference foes dating back to 2014. Tech last defeated the Wolfpack on Feb. 17, 2013 in Raleigh. Last season, NC State pulled out a 56-43 win Reynolds Coliseum. One player posted double-figures for the Jackets (Zaire O’Neil) as both teams shot less than 35 percent from the field. NCSU won the rebounding battle, 43-36, and hit seven three-pointers to Tech’s one. NCSU led by one at intermission, but pulled away with a strong third quarter.
LAST TIME OUT
Georgia Tech upended No. 12 Syracuse last Sunday at home to record its second win over a top 15 opponent this season. Kierra Fletcher and Elizabeth Balogun both posted 20-plus point outings and Francesca Pan finished with a double-double in the win. Fletcher was one rebound shy of a double-double with 22 poitns and nine rebounds, while Balogun added 20 points for her fifth 20-plus point game this season. Tech narrowly won the rebounding battle by three, securing the win with a strong second half, outscoring the Orange, 40-20.