Jackets pull off first-ever win over Lady Bulldogs in Athens

Credit: Tony Walsh

Credit: Tony Walsh

The Jackets have done the unthinkable.

For the first time in program history, the Georgia Tech women’s basketball team left Georgia’s Stegeman Coliseum with a win — a 73-40 victory that kept new head coach Nell Fortner undefeated on the season.

It is Tech’s just seventh win in 42 games against Georgia. The Jackets have now won three out of the last four meetings.

The Jackets had five players — Lorela Cubaj, Lotta-Maj Lahtinen, Francesca Pan, Kierra Fletcher and Jasmine Carson — hit shots from 3-point range, nailing 57 percent.

Georgia Tech did not score its first field goal until 1:52 in the first quarter, when they trailed the Lady Bulldogs by a dozen. The Jackets rallied to take a 29-26 halftime lead.

Pan led the Jackets with 20 points. Fletcher added 16 points, followed by a career-high 15 from Carson and 11 from Lahtinen.

Tech forced 19 turnovers, leading to 27 points.

The Jackets’ biggest lead was 33 points with just over a minute left in the game.

Fornter is in her first season as Tech's head coach. Longtime coach MaChelle Joseph was fired last season over alleged mistreatment of players and staff.

Georgia Tech (3-0) hosts Georgia State Wednesday at 7 p.m. at McCamish Pavilion.