THE FLATS – Georgia Tech women’s basketball returns to McCamish Pavilion for a Thursday night tilt against Pittsburgh
STARTING FIVE AGAINST PITTSBURGH
- Georgia Tech returns to its home court for a midweek matchup against Pittsburgh in McCamish Pavilion. Tech looks to take the series lead against the Panthers on ACC Network Extra with a tip set at 7 p.m.
- The Yellow Jackets look to snap its longest skid of the season at three games, most recently falling at No. 5 Notre Dame last Sunday. Georgia Tech outscored the Fighting Irish in the second half, but Notre Dame used a strong first half to seal the win. Elizabeth Dixon led the Jackets offensively with 12 points.
- Georgia Tech and Pitt are meeting on the hardwood for the seventh time in program history on Thursday night. The series is tied 3-3 after the Panthers took last season’s meeting in Pittsburgh. Pitt narrowly leads the series in Atlanta, 2-1.
- The Yellow Jackets boast an 8-2 record when competing in McCamish Pavilion this season with their only losses coming against then-No. 2 Notre Dame and then-No. 8 NC State. On average, Tech outscores its opponent +14.3 and outrebounds its opponent by a +7.0 margin. Elizabeth Balogun leads the Jackets at home with a 16.0 points per game average.
- Head coach MaChelle Joseph is in her 16th season on The Flats and carries an all-time career record of 307-200. 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 Pittsburgh have met six times in program history dating back to the first meeting in 1999. During MaChelle Joseph’s tenure, the Jackets are 3-2 against the Panthers. Pitt took last year’s decision in the Petersen Events Center, 68-62. Tech dominated on the glass, winning the battle by an astounding 46-30 margin, but Pitt hit 10 three-pointers in the game to seal the win. The Panthers shot 50.0 percent (10-20) from three-point range, while Tech was 14.3 percent (2-14). Both teams hit 16 free throws in the outing. Chanin Scott led Tech with 14 points followed by Francesca Pan with 11 points. Alayna Gribble led the Panthers with 29 points off the bench, hitting seven three-pointers in the win.
LAST TIME OUT
Despite having a strong second half at Notre Dame, the Jackets struggled in the first half against the Fighting Irish, falling 90-50 in South Bend. Tech shot just 14.7 percent (5-34) from the field in the first half, scoring just three points in the second quarter (5.6 percent shooting efficiency). The Jackets shot 26.5 percent (13-49) in the second half compared to Notre Dame’s 60.6 percent first half efficiency and 50.0 percent second half showing. Tech won the rebounding battle, 48-45, led by Lorela Cubaj’s seven rebounds. Elizabeth Dixon paced the Tech offense with 12 points and was the only Jacket to score in double-figures. The Fighting Irish had four players in double-figures led by Marina Mabrey with 20 points.