Feb. 19, 2003
Jacket junior Megan Isom finished with 18 points against the Seminoles.
ATLANTA – Led by four players in double-figure scoring, including 19 from junior forward Fallon Stokes, the Georgia Tech women’s basketball team shot a blistering 57.6 percent from the floor in the first half en route to an 86-56 win over Florida State on Wednesday night. The 30-point margin of victory was the third largest in an ACC game for Tech in school history.
“We have really been waiting for everyone on the team to be hitting on all cylinders and tonight it happened,” said Tech head coach Agnus Berenato. “My staff did a great job in getting our team ready to play. My assistant, MaChelle Joseph, put in a new offense to help us get more movement and the team executed. Sonja Mallory (four points) didn’t have a great night scoring for us, but we needed her to be a passer and she did that. Fallon Stokes was awesome for us tonight as well.”
The Yellow Jackets (16-9, 5-8 ACC) fell behind the Seminoles (15-9, 7-6 ACC) by a 4-0 margin early in the contest before turning up their defensive intensity to force five Florida State turnovers and turn them into nine points to take a 13-4 lead with 16:01 to play. That spurt was led by Stokes, who scored nine of the Jackets’ first 13 points, en route to a game-high 14 first-half points. After Tech increased its advantage to 18-8 with 12:40 to play, a three-pointer by rookie Mallorie Winn sparked a 9-0 run to up the Jacket advantage to 27-8 with 10:38 remaining. In the opening half, Tech forced 14 Seminole turnovers and turned them into 24 points in taking a decisive 47-21 lead at the intermission. The Jackets’ hot-shooting included a 19-for-33 performance from the field and 5-of-6 from beyond the three-point arc, led by a perfect 4-for-4 effort from junior guard Megan Isom, who netted 12 points in the opening half.
“In the first half, we shot 57 percent from the field, but we held them to 22.7 percent and our defense was awesome,” said Berenato. “Defense is something that we’ve stressed, as far as being more aggressive. I think this is the best first half we’ve played this year and that’s what you’ve got to have this time of year.”
Tech’s defensive effort limited FSU to just five field goals in the opening half and a 22.7 percent shooting effort from the field overall. The Jackets also controlled the boards holding a 24-11 lead in total caroms before halftime, taking an overall 44-36 rebounding edge in the game.
In the second half, Tech continued the onslaught as the ‘Noles would only get as close as within 18 at 51-33 with 14:14 remaining after a layup by LaQuinta Neely. The Jackets then re-established control in the contest, putting on an 18-6 run over the next 4:57 to stake themselves to a 69-39 advantage with 9:17 to play. Winn contributed a pair of threes in the span, while Stokes, Isom and Megan Harpring added three apiece.
While Tech’s shooting cooled off somewhat in the second half (10-for-32), the Jackets finished the game by shooting 44.6 percent from the floor on 29-for-65 shooting, including a season-high nine threes. In the contest, the Yellow Jackets recorded 12 steals and forced Florida State into 27 turnovers, which they converted into 39 points.
Stokes finished the game for Tech with her 19 points to go along with eight rebounds, while Isom added 18 points on 5-for-6 shooting from beyond the arc. Winn was the Jackets’ third-leading scorer with 17 points and junior guard Alex Stewart turned in an outstanding game, netting 10 points while dishing out seven assists, grabbing six rebounds and recording a career-high-tying five steals.
Ganiyat Adeduntan led the Seminoles in the contest with 13 points, while Genesis Choice added nine.
Georgia Tech will return to action on Sunday, Feb. 23, when it travels to Clemson for a game that will tip off at 2 p.m. The game will be televised regionally on Comcast Sports Southeast.