Dec. 17, 2001
ATLANTA —The Georgia Tech women’s basketball team will look to capture its second-straight win after a 10-day layoff for final exams when it travels across town to face in-city rival Georgia State (3-2) on Tuesday night. The game will tip off at 6 p.m. at the GSU Sports Arena in Atlanta, Ga.
The Yellow Jackets (5-3) put an end to a two-game losing skid in their last outing on December 8 at Fordham, by recording a gritty 51-49 road win over the Rams.
Tech did not shoot the ball well in the Bronx 10 days ago, but was still able to pull out the win thanks in large part to an improved shooting performance from the free throw line and some key rebounds down the stretch.
For the Jackets, a .339 shooting percentage, the lowest of the season, was overcome by a .750 performance at the free throw line against Fordham. Post play was crucial for Tech once again, as junior center Sonja Mallory (10 pts) scored in double figures for the eighth time this year, along with senior forward Regina Tate, who led the Jackets with 16 points, in her seventh double-digit game of the season.
Another front-line player that has given Tech a spark off the bench this year has been sophomore Fallon Stokes. Against the Rams, Stokes made a pair of free throws with 11 seconds remaining to seal the win, and pulled down a rebound late in the game to preserve a Tech possession off of a missed free throw.
The Jackets continue to play well defensively early in the year, as they lead the ACC in scoring defense and have allowed only two opponents to score over 60 points. Tech is allowing only 57.4 points per game and has a 5-1 record when allowing fewer than 60 points.
Tuesday night’s match-up will be the 25th meeting in the series between Tech and Georgia State, with the Yellow Jackets holding a 13-11 advantage on the all-time ledger, including a 75-70 win last November. The Jackets have won seven of the last eight meetings in the series.