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No. 25 Jackets Roll Past Hofstra, 65-32

THE FLATS – Behind three Yellow Jackets in double-figures and a double-double from Lorela Cubaj, No. 25 Georgia Tech women’s basketball picked up a 65-32 win over Hofstra on Wednesday afternoon in McCamish Pavilion. The win moved Tech to 5-1 on the season, while Hofstra dipped to 2-2.

Georgia Tech came out strong in the first quarter, building a double-digit lead within the first 10 minutes and never looked back. The Yellow Jackets led 18-4 after the first stanza following an Eylia Love three-pointer and quickly opened a 20-point lead, 28-8, on Lotta-Maj Lahtinen’s third three-pointer at the 6:33 mark of the second quarter. Nerea Hermosa converted a layup at 2:23 to give Tech its largest lead of the half, 32-9, as the Jackets headed into the locker room with a 32-12 advantage. Lahtinen led all scorers with 15 points after the Jackets shot 48.1 percent from the floor.

The Jackets maintained a comfortable edge in the second half, building their lead out to as many as 33 points late in the fourth frame. Elizabete Bulane opened the third period draining back-to-back three-pointers to ignite Tech’s offense in the frame. In the second half, Tech shot 45.8 percent from the field, distributing its offense between eight Jackets, and went 5-for-9 from three-point range for a 55.6 percent clip.

Freshman Elizabete Bulane finished with six points and three rebounds, coming off the bench against Hofstra. Photo by Danny Karnik

For the game, Tech was led in scoring by Lahtinen with 15 points, followed by Hermosa and Cubaj each with 10. Cubaj recorded her third double-double of the season, pulling down a game-high 11 rebounds as Tech won the battle on the glass, 42-26. Freshmen Bulane and Carmyn Harrison each contributed offensively, adding six and three points, respectively.

Hofstra was paced by Jaylen Hines with nine points and Jaala Henry with five rebounds. The Pride shot 27.5 percent from the field and committed 21 turnovers in the outing.

Georgia Tech hits the road for a two-game swing beginning with the Big Ten/ACC Challenge at Purdue on Wednesday, Dec. 1. Tip is slated for 7 p.m. in Mackey Arena on the Big Ten Network.

Head coach Nell Fortner postgame press conference

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