Dec. 13, 2008
PORTLAND – Alex Montgomery and Jacqua Williams returned to the Pacific Northwest for the first time in a Yellow Jacket uniform and led the Georgia Tech women’s basketball team to a 74-59 win over Oregon (3-4) in the 11th Annual Papé Jam at Portland’s Rose Garden Saturday afternoon.
Montgomery led all scorers with 18 points and had four steals on her way to winning the Papé Jam’s Most Valuable Player award. Williams continued her strong play for Tech (8-2) by adding 16 points and finishing with three steals.
“It is never easy to go home and play in front of your friends and family but Alex and Jacqua did just that,” head coach MaChelle Joseph said. “They stepped up on both the offensive and defensive sides of the ball and led us to a big win.”
The Yellow Jackets got some valuable minutes by their freshmen class, as Chelsea Regins played a career-high 18 minutes, scoring five points and grabbing three boards. Mo Bennett, Sasha Goodlett, LaQuaninisha Adams and Metra Walthour also contributed in the win.
“We have now played teams from all five of the other power conferences this early in the season and it has been a tremendous experience for our players,” Joseph said. “I am very proud of our young team. I am seeing improvements with the freshmen, especially with Chelsea, Mo and Sasha.”
Tech forced the Ducks into 27 turnovers and scored 36 points off the Oregon mishaps. The Jackets outrebounded their Pac-10 opponent, 31-21.
Montgomery closed out the first half with a buzzer-beating three-point shot, the third straight game she has accomplished this feat, to give the Jackets a 34-24 halftime lead.
The Yellow Jackets will continue their three-game 6,600 mile road trip Thursday against Winthrop in Nassau, Bahamas as part of the Sunsplash Shootout. Tipoff for the opening-round match-up is scheduled for 6 p.m. ET.
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