ATLANTA — Georgia Tech’s No. 15 Yellow Jackets rallied to Florida’s Seminoles 68-64 Lorella Kubay had 24 points, 9 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals and 2 blocks Thursday night at McCamish Hall.
The Yellow Jackets led most of the game, but the Seminoles took the lead into the fourth quarter.
Georgia Tech ended the game with a 13-2 scoreline, with huge throws from Cuba Jay, Arya Love and Lotta-Magee Rakhtinen.
“They’re just fighters,” Georgia Tech head coach Nel Fortner said. “They huddled together at every timeout, ‘We’re not going to lose this game.'”
The Yellow Jackets took advantage of their second chance to score 20 points, while the Seminoles had 12.
“We just had a mental toughness on us that allowed us to play, stop and grab the board when we had to have it,” Fortner said.
Georgia Tech’s overall record in the ACC improved to 13-3 and 4-1, while Florida State’s overall record in the ACC fell to 7-7 and 1-3.
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Lahtinen and Love had 16 and 10 points, respectively. For the Seminoles, Markelle Thompson and Morgan Jones tied for the lead with 12 points each, while Erin Howard was third with 11 and Sammy Pciss was fourth with eight.
Cubaj went 8-0 to start the game, hitting all four of her shots. She made her first seven shots and had 15 points in the first half. Georgia Tech led 36-29 at halftime.
The climax began to turn in the third quarter, when Florida State opened the game with a 6-2 run that eventually managed to tie the game and take the lead on back-to-back 3-pointers from Puysis, who scored all the points during the period. Jones has six. The Seminoles led 51-46 entering the fourth quarter.
After the Seminoles eventually took a 62-55 lead with 3:52 left, Kubay went on to play two important games to energize the Yellow Jackets. The first was a one-and-one, cutting the deficit to four, and the second was a steal on an inbound pass that allowed her teammate Love to score a layup in transition to cut the deficit to two .
“We just want to win,” Kubaj said. “We went in, almost we were on the same page.”
The two teams went back and forth, Lahtinen hit a three-pointer, Georgia Tech led by one point, Jones made two free throws, and Florida State University led by one point. But then Love made another layup to put the Yellow Jackets ahead forever.
Georgia Tech will take two days off before heading to Coral Gables to face Hurricane Miami. Florida State will have four days off before a matchup with the Clemson Tigers in Death Valley.