THE FLATS – With final exams complete, the Georgia Tech women’s basketball team returns to the hardwood on Sunday to host in-state foe Kennesaw State. The Yellow Jackets and Owls tip at 4 p.m. on ACC Network Extra.
STARTING FIVE AGAINST KENNESAW STATE
- Georgia Tech returns to action after a break for finals week to welcome in-state foe Kennesaw State for the 12th meeting in program history. Tip is slated for 4 p.m. on ACC Network Extra.
- The Yellow Jackets own an 11-0 record when facing the Owls of Kennesaw State dating back to the first meeting in 1982. Tech is 8-0 when hosting KSU, most recently with a win in McCamish Pavilion last season.
- The Yellow Jackets are undefeated at home this season with a 4-0 record after coming off a 69-42 win over Alabama State last week. Freshman Elizabeth Balogun led Tech offensively against the Hornets, pitching in a game-high 18 points, while leading the team in assists (5) and steals (4). Balogun was one of four Yellow Jackets to score in double-figures.
- In the last two games, junior Chanin Scott has been nearly perfect from the field, shooting 13-for-17 and averaging 14.0 points per game off the bench. For the season, Scott is averaging 8.6 ppg and shooting 54.2 percent from the field.
- Head coach MaChelle Joseph is in her 16th season on The Flats and carries an all-time career record of 301-193. 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 owns a perfect 11-0 record against Kennesaw State dating back to when the series began in 1982. After a hiatus, the foes renewed the series in 2006 under the guidance of head coach MaChelle Joseph and have met 10 times since Joseph took the helm of the program. The Jackets have hosted the Owls eight times, recording wins in each meeting. Last season, Tech upended KSU, 86-48, led by Zaire O’Neil with 16 points. Chanin Scott, Kaylan Pugh and Antonia Peresson each added 11 points to the board. O’Neil finished with a double-double behind 10 rebounds as Tech won the battle on the glass, 52-25.
LAST TIME OUT
Georgia Tech notched its seventh win of the season with a 69-42 victory over Alabama State on Dec. 5. Four Yellow Jackets scored in double-figures as all 13 players took the floor in the contest. Freshman Elizabeth Balogun led the way offensively with a game-high 18 points. Tech won the rebounding battle, 53-38, paced by seven rebounds each from Elizabeth Dixon and Anne Francoise Diouf. The Jackets forced 26 ASU turnovers, converting the miscues into 30 points, while committing just 11. Both Balogun and Dixon recorded four steals as the Jackets finished with 15 steals on the day. For the game, Tech shot 35.1 percent from the field and 47.6 percent (10-21) from the free throw line.