CANCUN, MEXICO – The Georgia Tech women’s basketball team takes home two wins from Mexico, going undefeated in the Cancun Challenge with a 74-51 victory over Idaho State on Friday night. Francesca Pan walked away with 18 points, solidifying her spot in the Georgia Tech record book, hitting 1,000-career points. Elizabeth Dixon also finished with 18 points.
How It Happened
Pan paved the way for the Jackets to lead by 12 at halftime, 30-18, scoring 16 points to lead all scorers at the break. The foes worked through four lead changes and three ties in the opening 20 minutes with the teams trading the lead back-and-forth in the early going. With the Jackets trailing by two, 9-7, Pan connected on her first three-pointer to put Tech in the lead for the remainder of the game. Tech would break open a double-digit lead in the second quarter, following a Chanin Scott jumper at 1:28 for a 28-18 edge. Pan hit two free throws with 52 ticks on the clock for the halftime score.
Tech opened a 20-plus point lead in the second half, leading by as many as 25 points in the fourth quarter. With 2:02 left in the game, Pan hit a milestone, draining a jumper to reach the 1,000-career point plateau. With the milestone, Pan becomes the 31st player in Georgia Tech history to join the elite 1,000-career point club. Pan crossed the plateau in 76 career games since arriving on The Flats.
* Pan and Dixon both finished with game-high 18 points to lead the way offensively for Tech
* Dixon was one rebound away from her third double-double, finishing with a game-high nine boards as Tech outrebounded Idaho State, 36-27
* Scott came off the bench to add 12 points to the scoreboard
* The Jackets shot 82.8 percent from the free throw line, going 24-for-29
* For the game, Tech shot 44.2 percent (23-52)
* Tech forced 19 ISU turnovers and used the miscues to convert into 23 points
Tech returns to play on Nov. 29 for the ACC/Big Ten Challenge, traveling to Maryland for a 6:30 p.m. tilt in College Park.