Tech Women's Hoops Returns to ACC Action with Match-up Against Ninth-Ranked Duke

Dec. 29, 2001

ATLANTA — The Georgia Tech women’s basketball team will face its second top-10 opponent in as many games when it hosts ninth-ranked Duke at Alexander Memorial Coliseum in a game that will tip off at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday.

The Yellow Jackets (6-4, 0-1 ACC) will look to return to the win column after suffering a 69-52 defeat at the hands of in-state rival Georgia on Thursday at Philips Arena in the ACC/SEC Shootout. Duke will look to do the same, as the Blue Devils (9-3, 1-0 ACC) dropped an 89-68 decision to second-ranked Tennessee in the first game of the ACC/SEC Shootout.

In the game against Georgia, the Yellow Jackets actually had more field goals (19) than the Bulldogs (17), but were plagued by a poor shooting performance from the field overall (19-70, .271), Tech’s lowest percentage of the year.

Senior guard Milli Martinez had a solid outing on Thursday, recording her first double-double of the year with 10 points and 10 rebounds in the game. She also had two steals in the contest.

Junior guard Niesha Butler led the Jackets in scoring in her second game back with the team, as she netted 15 points against Georgia.

Nina Barlin continued what has been a strong start to her junior season, as she netted 10 points against the Bulldogs and pulled down five rebounds from her point guard position. She also had four assists, upping her ACC-leading total to 81 through 10 games.

Georgia was the first opponent this year to out-rebound Georgia Tech, as the Bulldogs held a 51-47 advantage on the boards. The Jackets still are atop the ACC in rebound margin at +10.7.

The meeting with Duke will be the 46th in the all-time series between the schools, with Duke holding a 38-7 advantage in the previous 45 contests. The Blue Devils have won 16 in a row in the series, while the Yellow Jackets’ last win came during the 1993-94 season.

The game can be heard on 91.1 WREK-FM and at www.ramblinwreck.com. The website will also feature live stats from the game.

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