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Rick Nixon, | December 14, 2021

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Georgia Tech scored one of the biggest wins in program history, snapping UConn’s record 240-game winning streak against unranked opponents, defeating the Huskies as part of two home wins on the week that led the Yellow Jackets to being named Team of the Week.
A crowd of 4,578, the second-largest for a women’s basketball game in McCamish Pavilion history, saw Georgia Tech outscore UConn, 18-5 in the fourth quarter, leading Georgia Tech to a 57-44 win over No. 2 UConn on Dec. 9. For Georgia Tech it was the first win over a top-three team since it beat No. 2 North Carolina, 66-62, on Jan. 22, 2009.

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In just her second game back from an injury, Georgia Tech’s Lotta-Maj Lahtinen led all scorers with 15 points, while Nerea Hermosa and Eylia Love added 13 and 10, respectively, to round out three Yellow Jackets in double-figures. Lorela Cubaj pulled down a game-high 13 rebounds for the Jackets, who outscored the Huskies by a 10-2 margin in second-chance points.
Neither team led by more than four points through three quarters, and the game was tied at halftime (28-28) and after three periods (39-39), before Georgia Tech dominated the fourth quarter on both ends of the floor. The Yellow Jackets shot 42.9% (6-of-14) from the field and 60% (6-of-10) from the line in the final period, while holding UConn to just 16.7% (2-of-12) shooting.
The loss was UConn’s first to an unranked opponent since a 57-56 defeat to St. John’s on Feb. 18, 2012. It also marked the first time that the Huskies were held to under 45 points in a game since a 48-42 loss to Rutgers on Feb. 27, 2006.

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Georgia Tech then managed to maintain the momentum of the win over UConn, scoring a 63-36 home win over Furman on Sunday as fifth-year forward Digna Strautmane lead the way with a season-high 20 points for the Yellow Jackets. Offensively, Georgia Tech also got solid production from Avyonce Carter, who finished with a career-high 14 points, and Sarah Bates, who finished with 12. Cubaj commanded the boards with 14 rebounds to go along with five points and six assists.
The Yellow Jackets (8-2), winners of three straight games, will remain home to host its first Atlantic Coast Conference opponent of the season in Wake Forest on Sunday, Dec. 19.

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