Alabama has only a slim history in women’s college basketball games against Georgia Tech. The Crimson Tide and Yellow Jackets will be meeting for only the sixth time when the teams clash in the quarterfinals of the Women’s National Invitation Tournament in Atlanta Sunday.
One of those meetings, however, was earlier this year when Coach Kristy Curry’s Alabama slipped by Georgia Tech, 67-65, in Coleman Coliseum in Tuscaloosa.
At 2 p.m. EDT (1 p.m. central time) Sunday, Bama and Tech will tip off in McCamish Pavilion in Atlanta. Alabama is 22-13 this year, while Tech is 20-14.
Alabama has three wins in this year’s WNIT – over Mercer, Arkansas-Little Rock, and Tulane – and in the Tide’s sixth appearance in the tournament has an all-time record of 8-5 in WNIT games. It is Bama’s second trip to the quarterfinals and first since the field was expanded to 64 teams.
Georgia Tech, coached for the 14th year by MaChelle Joseph, is 15-4 in home games this year, including three WNIT wins – over Jacksonville, UCF, and Middle Tennessee.
Alabama has gotten balanced performance this year. Junior Ashley Williams has been big in WNIT play, averagiong 16.3 points and 9.7 rebounds per game, but the Tide also has had contributions from junior Hannah Cook and freshmen Ashley Knight and Southeastern Conference Freshman of the Year Jordan Lewis.
Tech is led by junior Zaire O’Neil, who averages 12.4 points per game. She is followed by ACC Freshman of the Year Francesca Pan at 11.4 points per contest. Sophomore Kaylan Pugh leads Georgia Tech in rebounds with 5.4 per game, while junior Imani Tilford leads the way in assists at 3.2 per outing.
The Yellow Jackets are averaging 68.2 points, which is the exact same scoring average as Alabama.