NCAAW: No. 15 Georgia Tech grinds out win over Florida State Seminoles

ATLANTA — The No. 15 Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets rallied to down the Florida State Seminoles 68-64 Thursday night at McCamish Pavilion on the back of Lorela Cubaj’s 24 points, 9 rebounds, 3 helps, 2 takes and 2 blocks.

The Yellow Jackets led for the majority of the video game, however the Seminoles handled to enter into the 4th quarter with the lead.

Georgia Tech had the ability to close the video game on a 13-2 run with big containers from Cubaj, Eylia Love and Lotta-Maj Lahtinen.

“They are just fighters,” Georgia Tech head coach Nell Fortner stated. “They are in every timeout huddle, ‘we are not losing this game.’”

The Yellow Jackets taken advantage of 2nd possibility opportunities with 20 points while the Seminoles just handled to score 12.

“We just had a mental toughness about us that made us make the play, make the stop and grab the board when we had to have it,” Fortner stated.

Georgia Tech enhances to 13-3 general and 4-1 in the ACC while Florida State drops to 7-7 general and 1-3 in the ACC.

Lahtinen and Love ended up with 16 and 10 points, respectively. For the Seminoles, Makayla Thompson and Morgan Jones were connected for the lead with 12 points each, while Erin Howard was 3rd with 11 and Sammie Puisis was 4th with 8.

The video game began with Cubaj going on an individual 8-0 run where she made all 4 of her shots. She made her very first 7 shots and ended the very first half with 15 points. Georgia Tech led 36-29 at the break.

The tide started to kip down the 3rd quarter as Florida State started the frame on a 6-2 run and ultimately handled to connect the video game and take the lead on back-to-back 3-pointers by Puisis, who scored all of her points in the duration. Jones had 6. The Seminoles entered into the 4th leading 51-46.

After the Seminoles ultimately increased 62-55 with 3:52 to go, Cubaj continued to have 2 huge plays that stimulated the Yellow Jackets. The initially was an and-one that cut the deficit to 4 and the second was a take on an incoming pass, which permitted her colleague Love to score a layup in shift that sufficed to 2.

“We just wanted to win,” Cubaj stated. “We went in and pretty much we were on the same page.”

The groups went back and forth, as Lahtinen struck a 3-pointer that provided Georgia Tech a one-point lead and Jones struck 2 complimentary tosses that provided Florida State the lead by one. But then Love made another layup that provided the Yellow Jackets the lead for great.

Georgia Tech will have 2 day of rests prior to heading to Coral Gables to deal with the Miami Hurricanes. Florida State will have 4 day of rests prior to a face-off in Death Valley with the Clemson Tigers.

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