THE FLATS – The Georgia Tech women’s basketball team wraps up this four-game road swing with a visit to cross-town rival Georgia State on Sunday.
STARTING FIVE AGAINST GEORGIA STATE
- Georgia Tech caps this four-game road swing with a visit to cross-town rival Georgia State on Sunday. The Jackets and Panthers meet for the 38th time in program history.
- The Yellow Jackets fell for the first time in six games in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge, dropping a hard-fought contest to former conference rival Maryland. The Jackets trailed by 20 points at halftime, but a third quarter surge pushed Tech to within one point entering the final frame. The Jackets could not overcome the No. 7 Terrapins in the final period.
- Sophomore Kierra Fletcher led the Jackets in College Park, chipping in a team-high 13 points in the loss. Freshman Elizabeth Balogun followed with 13 points. Balogun is second on the team in scoring, averaging 12.1 points per game.
- Junior Francesca Pan made the Cancun Challenge a memorable one, hitting the 1,000-career point mark in the second game. Pan became the 31st player in Georgia Tech program history to reach the milestone and accomplished the feat in 76 career games.
- Head coach MaChelle Joseph is in her 16th season on The Flats and carries an all-time career record of 299-193. 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 has won the last 15-straight meetings against Georgia State and boasts an overall record of 26-11. When making the short trip to visit the Panthers, the Jackets are 12-4, having last lost at Georgia State on Feb. 9, 1984 by one possession. The Panthers were last victorious over the Jackets on Dec. 19, 1998. Last season, five different Yellow Jackets reached double-figure scoring numbers led by Chanin Scott and Zaire O’Neil, each with 15 points. Tech shot 51.7 percent (31-60) from the field and won the rebounding battle, 36-26.
LAST TIME OUT
Georgia Tech traveled to former conference rival Maryland last Thursday for the 12th annual ACC/Big Ten Challenge. Despite a second half surge, the Jackets fell to the No. 7 Terrapins, 67-54. Kierra Fletcher led the offense with 14 points, followed by Elizabeth Balogun with 13 points. Despite Lorela Cubaj’s team-high six rebounds, Tech dropped the rebounding battle, 43-26. The Jackets fell behind early in the first half, struggling from the field. Tech shot just 21.4 percent (3-14) from the field in the first quarter and finished with a 37.9 percent efficiency for the game. Using a 62.5 percent (10-16) shooting effort in the third quarter, Tech cut its 20-point deficit to one point entering the final frame. Maryland got to the free throw line 13 times in the final 10 minutes, connecting on 12 free throws to seal the win.