Nov. 29, 2004
ATLANTA – Sophomore point guard Stephanie Higgs and golf standout Nicholas Thompson named the Wendy’s Georgia Tech Student-Athletes of the Week for Monday, November 29, 2004.
Higgs, a sophomore from Lawrenceville, Ga., scored a career-high 19 points while leading Georgia Tech to a 71-64 win over Old Dominion Tuesday night and then followed that up with a 16-point performance against Princeton Sunday. She shot 35% from the floor and made 15-of-17 from the free-throw line (88%) while averaging 17.5 points per game on the week. With the Lady Monarchs holding a 52-51 edge with just over nine minutes remaining in the game, Higgs stole an inbound pass and hit a layup to give the Yellow Jackets a one-point lead. After ODU went ahead by one, Higgs hit back-to-back jump shots to put the Jackets ahead for good. She scored 11 of her 19 points in the second half, including making 3-of-3 from the charity stripe. Against Princeton, with the Jackets trailing the majority of the game, Higgs hit a three-pointer with 12:53 remaining to tie the game and scored 14 points in the second half to help Tech to a 3-0 record on the season. She went 3-for-9 from the field and converted on 6-of-6 from the free-throw line in the second frame.
Thompson, a senior from Coral Springs, Fla., captured his first collegiate golf victory when he outlasted Matthew Rosenfeld of Texas in a playoff to win the Western Refining College All-America Classic in El Paso, Texas. The stroke-play event gathered 30 collegiate All-Americans from 2004. Thompson, a senior from Coral Springs, Fla., took the 36-hole lead after firing rounds of 67 in the first round Monday and 65 in the second round. His 65 was one stroke off his career low. In the final round, Thompson shot 72 to fall into a tie with Rosenfeld after 54 holes at 9-under-par 204, but won the playoff on the first hole. Ranked No. 13 in the nation in the latest Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index, his highest previous finish was a tie for second at the 2002 ACC Championship and the 2003 Nelson Invitational. Thompson finished the fall with the Yellow Jackets’ best stroke average, 70.93, and had four top-20 finishes in five events.
2004-05 Athletes of the WeekAug. 30 Jayme Gergen (Volleyball)Sept. 7 P.J. Daniels (Football) and Lynnette Moster (Volleyball)Sept. 13 Calvin Johnson (Football) and Ann Armsby (Cross Country)Sept. 20 Kristi Miller (Tennis) and Lynnette Moster (Volleyball)Sept. 27 Lynnette Moster (Volleyball) and Jose Luis Muguruza (Tennis)Oct. 4 Roberto Castro (Golf) and Lindsey Laband (Volleyball)Oct. 11 GT Defense (Football), Kristi Miller (Tennis) and Jayme Gergen (Volleyball)Oct. 18 Lynnette Moster (Volleyball), Chris Reis (Football) and Nicholas Thompson (Golf)Oct. 25 Lauren Sauer (Volleyball), Jose Luis Muguruza (Tennis) and Kristi Miller (Tennis)Nov. 1 Kelly Anderson (Tennis), Marko Rajevac (Tennis) and Evan Stowers (Diving)Nov. 8 Kacie Anson (Tennis) and Andy Tidwell-Neal (Football)Nov. 15 Djay Jones (Football) and Lindsey Laband (Volleyball)Nov. 22 Jill Ingram (Basketball), Sam Morgan (Swimming) and Vesna Stojanovska (Swimming)Nov. 29 Stephanie Higgs (Basketball) and Nicholas Thompson (Golf)