Yellow Jackets Stun Defending Champs, 77-72

Feb. 1, 2007

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ATLANTA (AP) Stephanie Higgs scored 26 points and Janie Mitchell added 17, and Georgia Tech defeated No. 4 Maryland 77-72 Thursday night.

Jacqua Williams had 16 points for the Yellow Jackets (14-8, 5-3 Atlantic Coast Conference), who had lost four straight to Maryland, last winning 58-57 on Feb. 15, 2004.

Marissa Coleman led Maryland (21-3, 5-3) with 17 points. Crystal Langhorne and Kristi Toliver each had 13 and Sa’de Wiley-Gatewood added 12 for the defending national champs, who lost 84-71 to No. 2 North Carolina on Sunday.

The Yellow Jackets’ last victory against a team ranked as high as Maryland also came against the Terrapins, who were fourth-ranked when Georgia Tech beat them 68-67 in the ACC tournament on March 7, 1992.

Tech’s biggest lead of the second half was 58-44 with 9:31 left.

The Terrapins rallied to get to 60-55 on a basket by Coleman with 6:05 remaining, but never got closer.

Tech led by 40-27 at the half. The Yellow Jackets’ biggest lead was 14 points on a 3-pointer by Chioma Nnamaka with 4:50 remaining before intermission.

Mitchell led the Yellow Jackets with 11 points and Higgs added 10 in the half. Langhorne had eight points for Maryland.

Maryland was hurt by 14 turnovers in the opening half, leading to 17 points for the Yellow Jackets. Tech also outrebounded the Terps 20-13.

The Jackets return to the court Monday, Feb. 5 in Blacksburg, Va. to take on Virginia Tech (14-9, 4-4) at 7 p.m. in Cassell Coliseum. Tech has never beaten the Hokies in three meetings.

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