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No. 4 Mountaineers Ready for No. 5 Georgia Tech in NCAA Round of 32

SAN ANTONIO, Texas (March 22, 2021) – The No. 4-seeded West Virginia University women’s basketball team continues play at the 2021 NCAA Tournament on Tuesday, March 23, as the Mountaineers get set to play No. 5-seed Georgia Tech at the UTSA Convocation Center in San Antonio.

Opening tip for tomorrow’s round-of-32 contest against the Yellow Jackets is set for 5:30 p.m. ET. Dan Zangrilli will call the game for the Mountaineer Sports Network from Learfield IMG College. The game can be found on 100.9 FM, as well as affiliates across the state, the TuneIn Radio App and WVUSports.com. Tuesday’s contest also will be broadcast on ESPNU, with Roy Philpott and Brooke Weisbrod on the call. Links to watch and listen to tomorrow’s game against the Yellow Jackets will be available on WVUSports.com.

West Virginia (22-6, 13-5 Big 12) and Georgia Tech (16-8, 12-6 ACC) are prepared to meet for third time on Tuesday. The Mountaineers lead the all-time series, 2-0, with both contests coming at a neutral site. The team also is 1-0 against the Yellow Jackets during the Mike Carey era. WVU last defeated GT on Nov. 28, 2003, with a 75-61 victory in the 2003 Paradise Jam in the Virgin Islands. West Virginia is averaging 80.5 points per game in the series, while holding Georgia Tech to 69.5 points per game.

Georgia Tech is coming off a 54-52, overtime victory against No. 12-seed Stephen F. Austin in the opening round of this year’s NCAA Tournament. Forward Loreal Cubaj and guard Lotta-Maj Lahtinen tied for the team lead in scoring against the Lumberjacks, with 14 apiece. Cubaj also led the Yellow Jackets in rebounding, with 10 boards, to tally a double-double. GT held SFA to 18-of-62 (28.6%) from the field in the first round and forced 12 turnovers in the game.

Lahtinen currently leads the Yellow Jackets in scoring at 14.5 points per game and is one of three players averaging in double figures. Cubaj leads the team in rebounding with 281 boards and is averaging a double-double for Georgia Tech this season, with 12 points and 11.7 rebounds per game.

GT is shooting 41.8% from the floor this year, including 31% from 3-point range. The Yellow Jackets also have recorded 144 steals this year for an average of six per game. Georgia Tech is led by second-year coach Nell Fortner, who has amassed a record of 36-19 during her time in Atlanta. In 11 seasons as a head coach, she has accumulated 198 career wins.

West Virginia is coming off a 77-53, opening-round win over No. 13 Lehigh on March 21, at Bill Greehey Arena in San Antonio. Redshirt senior guard Kysre Gondrezick tallied a team-best 26 points to become the 37th 1,000-point scorer in program history, while sophomore forward Esmery Martinez led the team in rebounding, with 11, and scored 16 points to tally her 15th double-double of the season. Sophomore guard Kirsten Deans also finished in double figures against the Mountain Hawks, with 19.

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