Dec. 31, 2004
ATLANTA – Stephanie Higgs and Chioma Nnamaka swept the Atlantic Coast Conference Weekly Honors for the week of Dec. 27, as Higgs was named the ACC Player of the Week while Nnamaka was tabbed the ACC Rookie of the Week. Georgia Tech swept the honors for just the third time in history and the first time since Kisha Ford and Danielle Donehew swept the honor in February, 1997.
“I think it’s a great honor,” said Tech head coach MaChelle Joseph. “Anytime one of our players receives recognition in the ACC or on a national level, it is a great compliment to our program. Both girls played very well for us and have been consistent for us all season, and I feel that both awards were well-earned and well-deserved.”
Higgs became the 13th Yellow Jacket to earn the honor in history and the first since Fallon Stokes in December, 2003. The sophomore from Lawrenceville, Ga. scored a career-high 30 points as Georgia Tech handed Samford just their second loss of the season a year ago. She shot 61 percent from the field and converted on 78 percent from the free-throw line while recording four assists and three steals in the first start of her career.
A freshman from Uppsala, Sweden, Nnamaka scored a career-high 21 points while helping the Yellow Jackets to their sixth win of the season. She shot 55 percent from the field against Samford, including 50 percent from beyond the three-point arc. She also connected on all six of her free throw attempts. Nnamaka is one of just three players to start every game for Georgia Tech this season and is the only freshman to start all nine contests.
The Yellow Jackets return to action this afternoon when they defend their crown in the 2004 Georgia Tech/Atlanta Marriott Northwest Holiday Invitational. Georgia Tech will face Alcorn State at 3 p.m. at Alexander Memorial Coliseum.