THE FLATS – Georgia Tech women’s basketball hits the road for the first time in 2016-17 on Wednesday, visiting Kennesaw State for a 7 p.m. tip on ESPN3 in the KSU Convocation Center.
THE STARTING FIVE
-Georgia Tech plays its first road game of the 2016-17 season on Wednesday, visiting Kennesaw State for a 7 p.m. tip in the KSU Convocation Center. Fans can watch the game on ESPN3 or listen live on WREK 91.1/WREK.org.
-The in-state foes last met during the 2014-15 season with Tech improving its all-time record to 9-0 against the Owls. Tech has only made two trips in program history to Kennesaw, with the last being in 2009. The Yellow Jackets are 2-0 when playing at Kennesaw State.
-In just her second game as a Yellow Jacket, redshirt junior Elo Edeferioka just missed a double-double against Alabama State, finishing with a team-best 16 points and seven rebounds. Edeferioka played 26 minutes on Sunday and recorded three assists, two steals and one block.
-The Yellow Jackets kicked off the 2016-17 season with back-to-back victories, after pushing its record to 2-0 with a win over Alabama State on Sunday. Zaire O’Neil is currently leading the Yellow Jackets in two games, averaging 10.0 ppg and 5.0 rpg.
-Head coach MaChelle Joseph is in her 14th season on The Flats and carries an all-time career record of 254-162. Joseph is the all-time winningest coach in program history and holds the highest winning percentage in Yellow Jacket history at 60.9 percent.
A WIN WOULD…
-Make Tech 10-0 against Kennesaw State
-Keep Tech undefeated on the season and push its record to 3-0
-Mark the first road win of the 2016-17 campaign
-Be the eighth time in Coach Joseph’s 14-year career that the Yellow Jackets have started the season 3-0
-Mark Coach Joseph’s 255th career win at Georgia Tech and give Georgia Tech its 630th all-time program win
LAST TIME THEY MET
Five current Yellow Jackets have met Kennesaw State in their Tech career as the in-state foes faced off two seasons ago in McCamish Pavilion. The Yellow Jackets hosted the Owls on Nov. 19, 2014 and captured the Owls, 77-48. Simina Avram, Zaire O’Neil, Antonia Peresson, Imani Tilford and Katarina Vuckovic each saw action in the contest. O’Neil was one of four Yellow Jackets to post double-figures in the contest, scoring 14 to go along with five rebounds. Tech shot 46.4 percent (32-69) from the field and won the rebounding battle, 48-30.
LAST TIME OUT
Georgia Tech remains undefeated on the young season, owning a 2-0 record after bypassing Alabama State on Sunday with a 70-48 triumph. Redshirt junior Elo Edeferioka exploded in the matinee, dropping 16 points, seven rebounds, three assists, two steals and one block in 26 minutes. The game marked just her second game as a Yellow Jacket.
A familiar face will welcome Georgia Tech Wednesday night as former Tech women’s basketball head coach Agnus Berenato was hired as the head coach at Kennesaw State in March. Berenato spent 15 years at the helm of the Georgia Tech program and accumulated 223 wins. She led the Yellow Jackets to their first postseason berth in 1992, capturing the WNIT. The following year, Tech made it’s first-ever trip to the NCAA Tournament.