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Jackets Welcome Princeton for Final Non-Conference Tilt Thursday

THE FLATS — Georgia Tech women’s basketball wraps up non-conference play on Thursday welcoming Princeton for a 7 p.m. tip in McCamish Pavilion.

THE STARTING FIVE…
1. Georgia Tech wraps up non-conference play Thursday welcoming Princeton to Atlanta for just the second time. Tip is slated for 7 p.m. in the McCamish Pavilion. Fans can listen live on WREK 91.1/WREK.org.
2. Georgia Tech leads the all-time series over Princeton, 2-0. The series dates back to 2003 with a victory on the road. Tech captured a home victory in the last meeting in 2004.
3. Georgia Tech got back to winning ways at MTSU last week, capturing a 61-60 triumph in Murfreesboro. Zaire O’Neil led all scorers with 18 points and was one of three Jackets to score in double-figures.
4. Tech heads into its final non-conference tilt with a 10-2 record. O’Neil’s performance at MTSU pushed her back into the team-lead in scoring, averaging 10.8 ppg. Both Francesca Pan and Imani Tilford average 10.7 ppg to fall just behind O’Neil.
5. Head coach MaChelle Joseph is in her 14th season on The Flats and carries an all-time career record of 262-164. Joseph is the all-time winningest coach in program history and holds the highest winning percentage in Yellow Jacket history at 61.4 percent.

A WIN WOULD…
-Move Georgia Tech to 11-2 on the season and push its home record to 7-1
-Push its win streak over Princeton to 3-0
-Push Tech’s non-conference record under Joseph to 150-41
-Mark Coach Joseph’s 263rd career win at Georgia Tech and give Georgia Tech its 638th all-time program win

LAST TIME THEY MET
The Yellow Jackets and Tigers last met on Nov. 28, 2004 in the Alexander Memorial Coliseum in Atlanta. Tech grabbed the decision, 60-50, led by three Jackets scoring in double-figures. The Jackets won the rebounding battle, 52-26, which marked the second highest rebounding total of the season. Tech also attempted 31 free throws in the contest, which also marked the second highest attempt of the season. The Jackets finished 20-of-31 from the charity stripe, while Princeton was just 8-of-10. For the game, Tech shot a mere 31.0 percent (18-58) from the field. Princeton attempted 26 three-pointers in the game, converting eight.

LAST TIME OUT
Georgia Tech won its 10th victory of the season with a win at MTSU last week. Tech trailed by six points with just over four minutes remaining. Tech’s closing run was jumpstarted by Zaire O’Neil. Imani Tilford cut it to two, converting a layup with 3:12 left to play and O’Neil put Tech back in the lead with a three-point play with just over two minutes to play. Appearing in her first game, Kaylan Pugh gave Tech a three-point lead before Alex Johnson cut the score to one point. MTSU shot up a three-pointer with five seconds to play, but the shot was off the mark, sealing the win for Tech.

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