Feb. 8, 2007
Atlanta – Looking to rebound after a tough five-point road loss to Virginia Tech Monday, the Yellow Jackets travel to face Florida State Friday, Feb. 9 at 7 p.m. in the Donald L. Tucker Civic Center for their second straight road game. This will be the only regular-season meeting between the two teams this year.
Friday’s game is being televised by Sun Sports/FSN Florida with play-by-play from Tom Block and Charlene Curtis offering color analysis.
Radio coverage 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 Richard Musterer calling the game.
Tech is 14-9 this season and 5-4 in the ACC and sits at seventh place in the conference standings just below Virginia Tech who also boasts a 5-4 conference record but defeated the Jackets, 73-68, Monday in Blacksburg, Va. The Jackets are 5-and-5 on the road this season, 2-and-3 in conference road games.
Florida State, 17-6 overall and 6-2 in the ACC, is third in the conference standings and coming off a 17-point loss at NC State Monday.
The Yellow Jackets are 1-4 this season when facing ACC opponents ranked ahead of them in the conference standings.
Georgia Tech leads the all-time series with Florida State 17-16 but dropped the last two meetings with the Seminoles by two and five points.
When they last met on Feb. 2, 2006 in Atlanta, Janie Mitchell, averaging 13.7 points and 6.3 rebounds per game this season, paced the Jackets with 15 points and grabbed a team-high nine rebounds. Though both squads were nearly identical in every statistical category, the Seminoles pulled away late in the fourth to defeat Tech 59-54.
In her fourth season as head coach Georgia Tech’s MaChelle Joseph is 3-2 vs. the Seminoles and the two teams are separated by only 12 points in those five games. In the last 10 meetings, the Jackets’ average margin of victory is +3.4 points with Tech winning six of those 10.
Senior Stephanie Higgs is leading the Jackets in scoring with 15.3 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.
Fellow guard, Chioma Nnamaka, averaging 12.8 PPG, sits just two points shy of her 1,000th career point. She will become the 21st Yellow Jacket to reach the scoring milestone and only the seventh to do so in her junior season. Nnamaka is second on the team in rebounding with 5.0 RPG.