With A Winning Record in Hand, Jackets Take on Cavaliers

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Feb. 20, 2007

Atlanta – Riding a three-game win streak and assured of its first winning conference record, Georgia Tech faces Virginia Thursday, Feb. 22 at 7 p.m. at the Alexander Memorial Coliseum in their final Atlantic Coast Conference game of the regular season. This will be the teams’ first meeting 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 Richard Musterer calling the game and Kurt Hoyt offering color analysis.

Tech is 17-10 overall and 8-5 in the ACC holding the six spot in the conference standings. The Jackets are 11-3 at home this season and 5-1 when defending home court against ACC teams.

The Cavaliers are 15-12 overall and 4-8 in the ACC and, coming off a two-point loss to Florida State in their home finale on Feb. 18.

Virginia leads the all-time series with Tech, 49-8, and won in their last trip to the AMC, 61-38 on Jan. 20, 2005. The Jackets are 7-18 all-time when facing the Cavaliers at home and have won five of the last ten games played in Tech territory.

In the last meeting with Virginia, nearly a year ago on Feb. 23, 2006, the Jackets fell by six in Charlottesville, Va. but Janie Mitchell led all scorers with 21 points. Tech out rebounded and out shot the Cavs but lost the battle at the charity stripe with Virginia taking 31 free-throw shots to Tech’s 13.

In her fourth season as Tech’s head coach, MaChelle Joseph is 1-3 against the Cavaliers, while Virginia’s Debbie Ryan, in her 30th season at the institution, is 49-8 vs. the Jackets as the only one to coach the Cavs in the history of the series.

Junior co-captain Chioma Nnamaka is coming off a 14-point performance against Clemson Monday, going 4-for-7 from three-point land, while fellow co-captain and leading rebounder Janie Mitchell grabbed a team-high nine rebounds and scored 13 points.

Tech’s leading scorer is Stephanie Higgs, averaging 15.1 points per game and scoring at least 20 points in a game six times this season.

Tickets for Wednesday’s game, $4 for adults and $2 for children and senior citizens, can be purchased by calling 888-TECH TIX, at Georgia Tech’s athletic website, www.ramblinwreck.com or at the gate. Doors open at 6 p.m.

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