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SCOUTING THE YELLOW JACKETS
Georgia Tech will head to Houston for its first contest of the 2018-19 season after a trip to the WNIT Quarterfinals a season ago. The Yellow Jackets defeated Coastal Georgia, 92-46, in exhibition play earlier this month.
In the exhibition game, five different Yellow Jackets scored in double figures including Lorela Cubaj, Elizabeth Balogun and Francesca Pan, who each led the squad with 17 points apiece. Liz Dixon finished the night with 13 points, while Daijah Jefferson added 10.
In the exhibition, the Yellow Jackets shot 51.3 percent from the field and connected on 30 percent of their 3-pointers. On the defensive end, Georgia Tech allowed Coastal Georgia to shoot just 35.6 percent from the field, however the Mariners shot 46.2 percent (6-of-13) from beyond the 3-point line.
Coastal Georgia was no match for the Yellow Jackets on the boards, where Georgia Tech held a 45-27 advantage, including an 18-4 mark on the offensive glass. Anne Francoise Diouf led the squad with nine rebounds in 17 minutes, while Dixon added eight and Kierra Fletcher pulled down six.
At the game tonight. Georgia Tech is big.
Aw man, no shirts on 3 point makes tonight.
Sloppy 1st half by the Coogs on offense, but the defense was good.
Georgia Tech has height, but they don’t really use it. They press like UH so this is an up and down game right now. Good pacing.
Tech leads 17-12.
12-4 run in the 1st 5 minutes of the quarter puts the Coogs in the lead 24-21. Shots are starting to fall and the D is still good.
Blackshell-Fair looks like she spent some time in the weight room this offseason.
Coogs run away with it before the half. Up 36-23 now.
Galen, Armoni, and Ced just came in.
Jackets ramp up their intensity and Coogs get sloppy again. 42-39 Coogs with 4:32 left in the 3rd.
Coogs actually go down by 3, 47-44, but come back to go into the 4th leading 53-49.
Okoene has been a revelation in the post. Adds an aspect the Coogs lacked last year. She’s got 13 tonight.
63-61 Coogs with 4:33 left. Tight game that’s swinging back and forth.
71-67 Tech with 45.8 left. Coogs struggling against the press tonight.
72-69 Tech with 20 seconds left. Coogs ball
How do you leave her that open!!! Jazz Harris with the buzzer-beater 3. OT!!!
79-79 with 23 seconds left after a Jazz Harris breakaway layup. Tech ball.
Tech with an easy layup and then Coogs get 3 shots before Okoene tips one in at the buzzer. 2OT!!!
93-89 Coogs with 24 seconds left, Tech ball.
Tech’s lost 2 of their already short rotation to fouls. Coogs have lost Angela Harris to fouls.
Coogs win a hell of a game, 95-89
TWO BUZZER BEATERS! What a win! Anyone who doesn’t come watch this team is really missing out.
They’ll stay in a lot of games this year just because they can just press opponents to death. You could see even an ACC team wore down from the way the Cougars attacked them. Okoene is obviously going to be a difference maker too. This team has had good guard play and now they’ll have a match up problem in the low post.