THE FLATS – Georgia Tech women’s basketball opens a two-game road swing on Thursday in Chapel Hill, meeting North Carolina at 7 p.m. on ACC Network Extra.
STARTING FIVE AGAINST NORTH CAROLINA
- Georgia Tech closes out the month on January on the road, visiting North Carolina for a midweek matchup in Chapel Hill on Thursday. Tip is slated for 7 p.m. on ACC Network Extra.
- The Yellow Jackets are coming off a hard-fought loss to then-No. 8 NC State last Sunday, falling to the Wolfpack, 68-60. The Jackets and Wolfpack stood tied in the fourth quarter, but NCSU used a strong final stanza to seal the win.
- Georgia Tech and North Carolina have split the last four meetings with Tech winning last season’s tilt in Atlanta. UNC took the last meeting in Chapel Hill in 2017 on a last second three-pointer to win by one point, 89-88.
- Through Tech’s seven 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 16.9 points per game from Balogun and Dixon who averages 9.6 points and 7.0 rebounds per game.
- Head coach MaChelle Joseph is in her 16th season on The Flats and carries an all-time career record of 307-198. 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 North Carolina meet on the hardwood Thursday for the 77th time in program history. UNC leads the all-time series, 56-20, and holds the edge in Chapel Hill, 27-7. Last season, Tech grabbed the decision in Atlanta handedly, 79-61, fueled by 24 points from Francesca Pan. Kierra Fletcher added 18 points and nine rebounds as Tech finished with four players in double-figures. The Jackets won the rebounding battle, 42-36, and hit 21-of-27 free throws while shooting 40.9 percent (27-66) from the field. Tech picked up 35 points off its bench in the win.
LAST TIME OUT
Georgia Tech dropped a close decision to No. 8 and undefeated NC State at home last Sunday, 68-60. Tech trailed by four points at halftime, but knotted the game at 52-52 with 7:54 to play in the fourth quarter following a Francesca Pan three-pointer. NC State answered with a 16-8 run to close the game and seal the win to remain the only undefeated team in the country. Elizabeth Dixon led the way offensively for Tech with 17 points, followd by Elizabeth Balogun with 14 points and Francesca Pan with 10 points. NCSU won the battle on the glass, 38-31, hit nine three-pointers in the game and was 17-for-23 from the free throw line. The Wolfpack shot 43.8 percent (21-48) from the field, while Tech shot 34.4 percent (22-64).