PORDENONE, ITALY – Georgia Tech women’s basketball picked up win number three in Italy on Thursday, defeating Slovenia 81-40 in Pordenone. Zaire O’Neil led the Jackets with 21 points.
“Today was great for us,” noted head coach MaChelle Joseph. “We played a very physical team from Slovenia. I thought our players responded in a very positive way. Zaire O’Neil was very effective on the offensive end and our team did a good job of getting her shots.”
O’Neil posted a team-best 21 points on 9-of-13 shooting. Elo Edeferioka led the Jackets on the boards, pulling down 16 and nearly missed a double-double with nine points. Playing in her hometown once again, senior Antonia Peresson added 13 points to the scoreboard, hitting three triples.
The Jackets opened the game with a 10-0 run before Slovenia got on the board, hitting its first of three triples in the opening frame. Tech led 25-11 at the end of the first quarter and extended its lead to 43-25 at the halftime break.
Tech entered the final frame leading 58-34 after Edeferioka connected on the front end of a pair of free throws to end the third quarter. Freshman Taja Cummings sealed the final score, draining a three-pointer at the final buzzer for the 81-40 win.
The Jackets play their fourth and final game in Italy Friday night.