Jackets Travel to Miami for Important ACC Road Test

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Feb. 14, 2007

Atlanta – Georgia Tech takes their second trip to the Sunshine State in a week when they travel to Coral Gables, Fla. to face Miami (11-15, 2-9) on Thursday, Feb. 15 at 7 p.m. in the BankUnited Center. Thursday’s meeting will be the second match-up between the Hurricanes and the Jackets this season.

Radio coverage for Thursday’s game is provided by the Georgia Tech-ISP Sports Network and heard locally on WREK-FM (91.1 FM) and online at www.WREK.org with Kurt Hoyt calling the game. Live webcast of the game between Miami and Georgia Tech is available at ACCSelect.com.

Tech is 15-10 overall and 6-5 in the ACC and sits at sixth place in the conference standings. The Jackets are 5-6 at home this season and 2-4 when facing ACC opponents on the road.

The Hurricanes are 11-15 overall, 2-9 in the ACC, and are coming off a 78-65 road loss to Boston College Sunday.

Georgia Tech trails in the all-time series with Miami, 6-3, and has one win in two trips to Miami’s BankUnited Center, constructed in 2003. The Jackets are 1-3 all-time in road games with the `Canes.

The Yellow Jackets faced the Hurricanes once this season, coming away with a 52-37 win over Miami on Jan. 15 in the Alexander Memorial Coliseum, Tech’s home court. In their last meeting, Jacqua Williams was Tech’s leading scorer with 14 points and also led her team in steals with three. Kentrina Wilson added 11 points and Chioma Nnamaka scored 10 points while both tied for a team-high eight rebounds.

Tech leading rebounder Janie Mitchell sat out of the last contest with Miami due to a Medial Collateral Ligament sprain suffered three games prior. Mitchell has since returned to the Yellow Jacket starting line up and is the second-leading scorer with 13.8 points per game.

In Georgia Tech’s last trip to Miami, the Jackets fell 90-85 in overtime on Feb. 27, 2006 as Jill Ingram notched a career-high 20 points shooting 9-of-13 from the field. Mitchell grabbed a double-double with her 10 rebounds and 17 points in 45 minutes of play.

In her fourth season as the Tech’s head coach, MaChelle Joseph is 4-2 against the Hurricanes, while veteran Miami’s Katie Meier, in her second season at the institution, is 1-3 against Georgia Tech.

Senior Stephanie Higgs is leading the Jackets in scoring with 15.5 PPG which is seventh in the league. Higgs recently earned ACC Player of the Week honors for the week of Feb. 5 for her 26-point display on Feb. 1 to lead the Jackets past No. 4 Maryland, 77-72. She is coming off her sixth 20-point effort, scoring a game-high 25 points in the Feb. 11 win over NC State.

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