THE FLATS – Georgia Tech women’s basketball returns to McCamish Pavilion this week to open a two-game homestand on Wednesday, welcoming Alabama State. The Yellow Jackets and Hornets tipoff at 7 p.m. on ACC Network Extra.
Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (6-2) vs Alabama State (1-5)
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STARTING FIVE AGAINST ALABAMA STATE
- After a two-week absence from McCamish Pavilion, Georgia Tech finally returns home this week to host Alabama State on Wednesday. Tip is slated for 7 p.m. on ACC Network Extra.
- The Yellow Jackets are coming off a 78-71 victory at Georgia State, marking their first true road win of the season – Tech picked up two neutral site wins in the Cancun Challenge over Thanksgiving. Francesca Pan led the Jackets offensively with 22 points on the afternoon, while freshman D’asia Gregg came off the bench for a career performance with 15 points.
- At Georgia State, D’asia Gregg chipped in a personal-best 15 points in a personal-best 24 minutes of action. The Florence, S.C., native hit 8-of-10 free throws and pulled down seven rebounds in her best showing to date.
- Sunday’s win at Georgia State marked head coach MaChelle Joseph’s 300th career win at Georgia Tech. Joseph was hired as the fifth head coach in program history on May 19, 2003.
- Head coach MaChelle Joseph is in her 16th season on The Flats and carries an all-time career record of 300-193. Joseph is the all-time winningest coach in program history and holds the highest winning percentage in Yellow Jacket history at 60.9 percent.
Georgia Tech leads the all-time series against Alabama State, 6-0, and looks to pick up its seventh win over the Hornets in the midweek matchup. All six contests have taken place in Atlanta with the last meeting occurring on Nov. 13, 2016. In the last meeting, Elo Edeferioka led Tech with a team-high 16 points followed by Cha’Ron Sweeney with 13 points. Tech limited Alabama State to a 23.8 percent (15-63) shooting efficiency from the field, while the Jackets hit 24 field goals and 18 free throws in the outing. Tech narrowly won the rebounding battle, 45-42, never trailed in the contest and scored 33 points of its bench. ASU committed 24 turnovers and attempted 32 three-pointers, connecting on four.
LAST TIME OUT
Georgia Tech picked up a win at Georgia State on Sunday led by three Yellow Jackets scoring in double-figures, two coming off the bench. Francesca Pan led the way with a game-high 22 points, followed by D’asia Gregg with 15 and Chanin Scott with 14 points. Tech went 20-for-24 from the charity stripe led by Gregg’s 8-for-10 showing and hit six treys paced by Pan’s four. Kierra Fletcher and Gregg each led the team with seven rebounds as Tech won the battle on the glass, 34-26. Forcing 31 Panther turnovers, the Jackets converted the miscues into 29 points. Georgia State shot 50.0 percent from the field to Tech’s 44.8 percent, but the Jackets were 20-for-24 from the free throw line, while GSU went 13-for-21. The Panthers came within five points late in the contest, but Tech held strong from the charity stripe to seal the win.