THE FLATS – Coming off a 2-0 week in Cancun, Mexico, the Georgia Tech women’s basketball team heads to Maryland to face the No. 7/8 Terrapins in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. The teams will tip on Thursday at 6:30 p.m. on the Big Ten Network.
STARTING FIVE AGAINST MARYLAND
- Georgia Tech renews a rivalry with former conference foe Maryland on Thursday night in the 12th annual ACC/Big Ten Challenge. The Yellow Jackets and No. 7 Terrapins, who have not tipped off since 2014, will meet at 6:30 p.m. Thursday on the Big Ten Network.
- The Yellow Jackets concluded the Cancun Challenge with a 2-0 mark to improve to 5-1 overall this season. Freshman Elizabeth Dixon went a perfect 13-for-13 from the field in the two games to post a 30-point performance, helping the Jackets to wins over George Washington and Idaho State.
- Georgia Tech and Maryland have not met on the hardwood since 2014. The Terrapins have won the last six straight matchups between the foes and boast an overall record of 49-18 against the Jackets. Tech last defeated Maryland on March 4, 2011 and last won at Maryland on Feb. 5, 2010.
- Junior Francesca Pan made the Cancun Challenge a memorable one, hitting the 1,000-career point mark in the second game. Pan became the 31st player in Georgia Tech program history to reach the milestone and accomplished the feat in 76 career games.
- Head coach MaChelle Joseph is in her 16th season on The Flats and carries an all-time career record of 299-192. Joseph is the all-time winningest coach in program history and holds the highest winning percentage in Yellow Jacket history at 60.9 percent.
Thursday’s meeting between Georgia Tech and Maryland is the first since 2014. Maryland owns a six-game win streak against Tech and leads the all-time series, 49-18. When competing in College Park, the Terrapins boast a 26-4 record. The Jackets last defeated Maryland on March 4, 2011, by a 70-64 tally on neutral ground, and last won in College Park on Feb. 5, 2010, a 61-60 victory.
LAST TIME OUT
Francesca Pan and Elizabeth Dixon helped the Jackets complete a 2-0 week in Cancun with a victory over Idaho State in the first-ever meeting between the programs. The junior and freshman combined to post 36 points, 18 points each, to lead the Jackets offensively. Dixon was one rebound shy of recording her third double-double, pulling down a game-high nine rebounds, while dishing out a team-high three assists. Chanin Scott came off the bench to contribute 12 points, connecting on 6-of-8 free throws. Tech got solid play from its bench during the tournament, contributing 47 points between the two games, including 31 against Idaho State.