Jan. 28, 2007
Winston-Salem, N.C. – Janie Mitchell led all scorers with 18 points and seven rebounds in Sunday’s 58-45 win over Wake Forest (9-12, 0-7) lifting Georgia Tech (13-8, 4-3) to a winning record in Atlantic Coast Conference play.
Janie Mitchell made her first start in six games Sunday after a knee injury sidelined her for four games. The junior co-captain opened scoring for the Jackets when she rebounded a Chioma Nnamaka miss and tipped it in for the score.
Just three minutes into the game, all five Tech starters had scored with the Jackets shooting 7-for-8 in the first five minutes of the game as part of a 9-to-0 run.
Wake Forest picked up their momentum with 6:00 left in the first when they went on a short lived 4-to-0 run but, Nnamaka halted that run with a three from the top of the key, giving Tech a 23-12 lead.
The Jackets led 26-18 at halftime.
Two Tech starters, leading scorer Stephanie Higgs and steal specialist Jacqua Williams, found themselves in foul trouble with four a piece with 12:00 left in the game. This opened the door for freshman left-handed shooting guard Angel Buie to make her college debut. The Samford, N.C. native who’s been sidelined all season with injuries, entered the game midway through the second half and, in the first field goal attempt of her career, drained a corner three to give the Jackets a 45-32 lead with 8:15 left to play.
“It felt so good when I made that shot,” Buie said. “I told (my teammates) on the bench that if they passed it to me I was going to shoot it and it was going to be a three.”
Buie finished with seven points going 2-for-3 from the field and 2-for-2 from the charity stripe and grabbed a rebound.
Williams fouled out with 3:52, totaling left but, finished with eight points, three rebounds and a steal.
The Jackets never trailed Sunday and led by as much as 20 in the closing 10 minutes of play, never letting the Deacs get within eight points.
The Jackets return home to face the defending national champions and third-ranked Maryland Terrapins on Thursday, Feb. 1 at 7 p.m. in the Alexander Memorial Coliseum and will do so without senior Kentrina Wilson who suffered a hand injury in the Jan. 25 win over Boston College. Wilson, a senior guard who started at the forward position in Mitchell’s absence, averages 6.2 PPG and 4.4 RPG and is listed as day-to-day.