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No. 18 Jackets Handle ETSU, 65-42

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. Nerea Hermosa posted a double-double as No. 18 Georgia Tech pocketed a 65-42 victory at East Tennessee State Wednesday night in Brooks Gym. The Yellow Jackets improved to 4-0 on the season, while the Buccaneers dropped to 1-3.

Georgia Tech opened with a 13-0 run forcing ETSU to burn an early timeout in Johnson City as the Yellow Jackets came out on fire. Tech led by as many as 18 points in the first quarter and distributed its offense among five Yellow Jackets in the opening frame. A combined 13 points were scored in the second stanza between the teams before Tech headed into the locker room with a 36-18 halftime advantage. Hermosa owned 13 points at intermission, shooting 5-for-6 from the field.

ETSU capitalized on shooting struggles in the third quarter, closing the gap to 11 points, 47-36, as the clock closed to under two minutes in the frame. Sarah Bates would answer the ETSU rally draining a three-pointer to spark a 9-0 Tech run extending into the fourth quarter and pushing the Jackets back out in the lead, 56-36. The Jackets would outscore the Bucs, 13-6, in the final frame to seal the road victory.

The Yellow Jackets shot 37.5 percent (21-56) from the field and saw offense from eight different players led by Hermosa with 17 points. Hermosa finished with her first double-double of the season, and second of her career, with 10 rebounds to lead Tech on the glass. The Jackets won the rebounding battle, 48-30, including a 15-9 advantage in offensive boards. Lorela Cubaj nearly missed a double-double with 12 points and nine rebounds, while Eylia Love and Lotta-Maj Lahtinen each contributed nine points to the scoreboard.

Both teams finished strong at the free throw line with Georgia Tech shooting 94.4 percent (17-18) and ETSU going 13-for-14 (92.9 percent). ETSU was limited to a 22.6 percent (12-53) shooting clip led by Jaila Roberts with 11 points.

Georgia Tech returns to the hardwood on Sunday, Nov. 21 welcoming Auburn to McCamish Pavilion. Tip is slated for 4 p.m. on the ACC Network.

 

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