ATLANTA — Georgia Tech's women's basketball team forced 24 turnovers in a 63-53 win against the 14th-ranked Georgia Bulldogs on Sunday at McCamish Pavilion.
Four Yellow Jackets scored in double-figures and Elizabeth Dixon recorded her second straight double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds. Lorela Cubaj had 13 points and seven rebounds for Tech, while Elizabeth Balogun and Kierra Fletcher scored 10 each.
Fletcher and Francesca Pan had four steals each, chipping in eight of Tech's 12 steals.
“I’m really proud of the way we competed today,” Tech head coach MaChelle Joseph said. “Cubaj kind of struggled in the first half and I challenged her down the stretch in the fourth quarter. I felt like she stepped up and took over the game in the fourth quarter and gave us some momentum on the offensive end. I thought today was a great team win. I thought we shared the basketball extremely well and we got some good minutes from our young players.
"Any time you beat Georgia in anything, it’s a great win for our program. We’re really excited about this team and every day, moving forward, just getting better.”
Georgia falls to 2-2 this year, while the Yellow Jackets improve to 3-1. Taja Cole scored in double figures for the fourth straight game with 10 points, which was matched sophomore Gabby Connally. The Bulldogs fall to 35-6 all-time against Tech.
After Georgia built an early 5-0 lead to begin the game, Tech went on a 7-0 run to counter. Neither team shot particularly well in the first 10 minutes as Georgia hit just 30 percent and Tech knocked in 33 percent. Six turnovers proved costly for Georgia and the Yellow Jackets went into the second quarter with a 13-9 lead.
Tech’s advantage went to 24-11 in the second, but the Bulldogs heated up from the field thanks to a baskets by Donnetta Johnson and a pair from Cole. Still, the Yellow Jackets led 31-23 at the half.
Georgia Tech went on a cold spell in the third quarter and was held without a basket the final 6:21 of the period. Two 3-pointers by Connally kept the Bulldogs in the game as Tech went to the final quarter ahead 43-39.
The Yellow Jackets extended that lead to 12 and never looked back en route to the win.