Feb. 10, 2007
Atlanta – Less than 48 hours after battling through a tough road test in Tallahassee, Fla. the Jackets return to their home court to face NC State at 4 p.m. Sunday. The Jackets will play their third game in six days when they host the Wolfpack in the only meeting between the two teams this season.
Radio coverage for Sunday’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. The game broadcast can be heard nationally on XM Radio Channel 191.
Tech is 14-10 this season and 5-5 in the ACC and sits at seventh place in the conference standings. The Jackets are 9-3 at home this season and 3-1 when facing ACC opponents at home.
The Wolfpack boasts an 18-7 record overall, 7-3 in the ACC, and is riding a five-game win streak. NC State is ranked fifth in the conference standings
The Yellow Jackets are 1-5 this season when facing ACC opponents ranked ahead of them in the conference standings.
Georgia Tech trails in the all-time series with NC State 39-15 and is 9-16 against the Pack in the Alexander Memorial Coliseum.
When they last met, on Feb. 12, 2006 in Reynold’s Coliseum in Raleigh, N.C., Chioma Nnamaka led all scorers with 19 points, shooting 5-for-11 from three-point range. She was the only player on the court to earn more than one 3-pointer but the Jackets lost 65-53.
In NC State’s last trip to the Thrillerdome, on Feb. 10, 2005, they defeated the Jackets 83-59.
Tech’s last win over NC State was on Feb. 26, 2004, in head coach MaChelle Joseph’s first season on The Flats, when Tech came away with a 76-61 win.
In her fourth season as the Tech’s head coach, Joseph is 1-3 against the Wolfpack, while veteran NC State head coach Kay Yow, in her 33rd season at the institution, is 39-15 against Georgia Tech having coached in every meeting between the two teams.
Senior Stephanie Higgs is leading the Jackets in scoring with 15.2 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.
In Tech’s last game, a 63-52 loss to Florida State, junior guard and Tech co-captain Chioma Nnamaka became the 21st Yellow Jacket to score 1,000 career points. She is only the seventh player in school history to reach the scoring milestone by her junior season. The Uppsala, Sweden native will be presented with a painted ball prior to tip off in Sunday’s game to commemorate her achievement.
Sunday’s game with NC State has been designated “Breast Cancer Awareness Day”. Volunteers and representatives from breast cancer organizations will be on hand to help educate the public in ways to detect and help prevent this disease. These organizations include The Susan G. Komen Foundation – Greater Atlanta Affiliate, The Atlanta 2 Day Walk for Breast Cancer, and Dragon Boat Atlanta.
In addition, St. Joseph’s Hospital, the official hospital of the Georgia Tech Athletic Association, will have their Mobile Mammography unit on hand before and during the game. Discounted mammograms will be available to fans outside Gate 1 for a price of $75.00. Payment can be made by cash, credit card or insurance.
Georgia Tech Women’s Basketball selected Breast Cancer Awareness as their community service focus for this academic year. The Yellow Jackets volunteered at both the Atlanta Two Day Walk for Breast Cancer and the Atlanta Breast Cancer 3 Day. In early Fall 2006, the Women’s Basketball Team joined forces with Georgia Tech’s ZTA chapter and GT Dining Services to participate in a friendly off-court competition with today’s opponent, North Carolina State. Both teams collected pink Yoplait yogurt lids as part of General Mill’s Yoplait “Save Lids to Save Lives” campaign. In all, the teams collected 14,576 lids with Yoplait donating 10 cents for each lid to the Susan G. Komen Foundation. The Yellow Jackets, however, earned bragging rights over the Wolfpack by collecting 10,390 Yoplait Yogurt lids to NC State’s 4,186.
Fan’s wearing Gold or White to Sunday’s game will gain a special $1 admission. Fan’s can also use their ticket stubs from Sunday’s 1 p.m. men’s game between Georgia Tech and Connecticut to gain $1 admission. Doors open at 3 p.m.