ATLANTA — Jacqua Williams and her Georgia Tech teammates are ready for the start of ACC play.
The senior point guard scored a career-high 23 points as No. 23 Georgia Tech (12-2) won its eighth straight game with a 69-52 victory over Tulane on Sunday.
Williams was 8-for-12 from the floor, including 3-for-4 on 3-pointers, and hit all four of her free throws.
“I’ve worked hard on my jump shot,” said Williams, Georgia Tech’s career steals leader. “Teams used to play me just to penetrate. Now they have to respect my outside shot.”
Iasia Hemingway added 15 points for Georgia Tech, which opens ACC play Thursday against Boston College. The Yellow Jackets’ only losses are to No. 1 Connecticut and No. 4 Texas.
“This was the toughest schedule we’ve played since I’ve been here,” Williams said.
“It has really prepared us for ACC play.”
Williams had four assists, four rebounds and four steals to go with her 23 points — a season high for Georgia Tech.
“We moved her to point guard after the fifth game and her offensive production has really increased since then,” Georgia Tech coach MaChelle Joseph said.
“She has the ball in her hands, so she is getting more shots and staying more active in the offense.”
Brittany Lindsey scored 20 points, 14 coming in the second half, to lead Tulane (9-6). Chassity Brown added 11 points.
Georgia Tech scored the game’s first eight points and led by as many as 21 in the first half.
The Yellow Jackets scored 15 points off 11 Tulane turnovers before halftime.
The Green Wave were 0-for-14 from behind the 3-point arc.
The Yellow Jackets were 13-1 going into ACC action last season, but not against as difficult of a schedule.
Georgia Tech finished 7-7 in the ACC and lost in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.