A Sweet 16 matchup features the No. 1 seed South Carolina Gamecocks (24-4) against the No. 5 seed Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (17-8) on Sunday. The NCAA Tournament contest tips off at 1:00 PM ET on ABC, with the winner moving on to the Hemisfair Region bracket final.
South Carolina knocked off Oregon State 59-42 in the team’s last action on Tuesday, led by Aliyah Boston’s team-high 19 points.
Lotta-Maj Lahtinen helped lead Georgia Tech to a 73-56 win over West Virginia on Tuesday, putting up 22 points in the outing.
South Carolina Team Stats
South Carolina enters the matchup with a 76.2 points per game average, 15.3 more than the 60.9 Georgia Tech gives up per contest. The Gamecocks are 24-3 in games when they score at least 61 points.
The Gamecocks make 67.6 percent of their free throws as a team, the 11th-best mark in the SEC. Zia Cooke hits 3.1 free throws per game to lead South Carolina while knocking down 78 percent of her attempts at the line.
Georgia Tech Team Stats
Georgia Tech’s 65.6 points per game this season out-paces the 58.4 points per contest South Carolina gives up. The Yellow Jackets are 17-6 when they put up more than 58 points.
The Yellow Jackets are shooting 68.1 percent from the charity stripe as a team, good for ninth in the ACC. Kierra Fletcher is leading Georgia Tech with 2.5 made free throws a game (shooting 75 percent from the line).
South Carolina Players to Watch
Cooke paces the South Carolina’s scoring effort, averaging 15.6 points per game. Destanni Henderson is the team’s best passer, dishing out 5.0 assists to go with 12.1 points per game. The Gamecocks’ leading rebounder is Boston, who pulls down 11.7 boards per game in addition to averaging 14.1 points.
Henderson paces South Carolina’s three-point shooting efforts, knocking down 1.3 treys per game while connecting on 41 percent of her shots from beyond the arc.
Player stats reflect 28 of 28 games this season.
Georgia Tech Players to Watch
Lahtinen leads Georgia Tech in scoring and averages 14.1 points, 3.5 assists and 1.9 steals per game. Lorela Cubaj leads the Yellow Jackets with 12.1 rebounds per game and adds 12.3 points, while Fletcher paces the squad with 3.7 assists and averages 12.4 points.
Sarah Bates has a 36 percent shooting percentage from deep and paces the team in made threes per game, drilling 2.3 three-pointers per contest.
Player stats reflect 24 of 25 games this season.
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