January 23, 2021 - by
FLORIDA STATE HEADS TO GEORGIA TECH IN KEY ACC MATCHUP

ATLANTA, Ga. (Seminoles.com) – Two of the ACC’s six teams with above a .500 conference record square off on Sunday afternoon as Florida State (5-2, 4-2) faces Georgia Tech (7-3, 5-2) at McCamish Pavilion at 1 p.m. on ACC Network Extra.

The two Southeast rivals play for the 50th time in series history, with FSU owning a 27-22 edge.

The Yellow Jackets are a hard-nosed bunch that is allowing just 60.5 points per game this season. Junior guard Lotta-Maj Lahtinen is one of the top players in the ACC averaging 16.3 points, shooting 46.3 percent from the floor and totaling a team-best 37 assists this season. Georgia Tech is coming off a convincing 73-44 road win at Wake Forest, with senior forward Lorela Cubaj notching her third straight double-double.

“They’re very, very solid,” FSU Interim Head Coach Brooke Wyckoff said of Georgia Tech. “They know exactly who they are. They’re not going to try and gimmick anything on defense. They’re very good, physical 1-on-1 defenders. They’re going to try and make every shot tough.”

The Seminoles are coming off an exhausting 95-88 double overtime win on Thursday in one of the most exciting games played this college basketball season. Jonesboro, Ga., native Morgan Jones produced a career-high 36 points (14-of-23) along with 11 rebounds, two assists, two blocked shots and three steals in 41:26.

Jones’ 36 points is the most by an ACC player this season, and was the most scored by a Seminole since WNBA standout Natasha Howard had a school-record 40 points on Feb. 13, 2014, at Syracuse.

In ACC play, the Seminoles join Syracuse and Pittsburgh as the three teams averaging 5.0 or more blocked shots per game. Nationally, FSU ranks 29th averaging 5.1 blocks per game. In its double-overtime win over Clemson, FSU was led by the defense of sophomore center River Baldwin, who recorded a career-high six blocked shots in 37:53 off the bench.

FSU picked up a quality NET win when it defeated No. 42-ranked Clemson on Thursday despite dressing just eight players. The Seminoles own three Top-60 NET wins this season over No. 39 Virginia Tech on the road (W, 73-63), at home vs. No. 42 Clemson (W, 95-88 2OT) and at home vs. No. 56 Florida (W, 81-75). Georgia Tech is 22nd in the latest NET rankings.

Redshirt junior point guard Bianca Jackson continues to pack a scoring punch for the Seminoles, especially over the last two games. Through FSU’s first five games, she was averaging 11.8 points. But over the last two games at Louisville (21 points) and Clemson (18), she has averaged 19.5 points. For the season, Jackson is averaging 14.0 points.

Prior to FSU’s two losses last season against Georgia Tech, the Seminoles had won their previous five meetings with the Yellow Jackets from 2015-19. FSU is 14-9 all-time on the road against Georgia Tech.

In last year’s two games vs. Georgia Tech, Kourtney Weber had a pair of double-figure games. She scored 10 points (4-of-5) off the bench on Jan. 9, 2020, in Tallahassee, and had 12 points (4-of-8) and four assists at Georgia Tech.

FSU returns to action on Thursday, Jan. 28, when it travels to Wake Forest for a 6 p.m. tip-off on ACC Network Extra.

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