Feb. 12, 2006
RALEIGH, NC – Despite a game-high 19 points by sophomore Chioma Nnamaka, the Georgia Tech women’s basketball team (13-11, 2-9 ACC) fell to N.C. State (15-9, 5-6 ACC), 65-53, Sunday afternoon at Reynolds Coliseum.
Leading 35-33 with just over 14 minutes remaining in the game, N.C. State scored six straight points to take an eight-point lead at 11:15. The Wolfpack then used a 14-6 run to take a 56-41 lead at 5:03 before Chioma Nnamaka hit back-to-back three-pointers to pull the Jackets within nine points at 2:37.
Monica Pope then scored seven of her nine points from the free-throw line over the last two minutes of the game to help maintain the lead for the Wolfpack.
Nnamaka tied a career-high with five three-pointers against the `Pack, connecting on 5-of-11 from beyond the three-point arc. Jill Ingram was the only other Yellow Jacket to score in double figures, as she had 11 points in her first start in 10 games. The sophomore point guard led Tech with five assists and also recorded six rebounds and two steals while playing a career-high 40 minutes.
Kasha Terry led Tech with seven rebounds against the Wolfpack, while also recording eight points and three blocks in the game.
After Kasha Terry scored the first basket of the game, the Wolfpack went on a 13-2 run, capped by a jumper from Billie McDowell at 13:58. The Jackets climbed back into the game following the second media timeout with an 8-2 run, pulling within 18-16 by the third media timeout at 7:55, and then outscored the `Pack, 9-5, over the next three minutes to take their second lead of the game. But Tech couldn’t hold on until halftime, as McDowell and Monica Pope each hit a pair of baskets with under a minute remaining to help the home team to a 29-21 lead going into the locker room.
Ashley Key led the Wolfpack with 15 points, while Marquetta Dickens and Khadijah Whittington had 13 and 12 points, respectively. Sasha Reeves led all players with 13 rebounds in the game.
The Yellow Jackets will be back in action next Sunday when they host the Virginia Tech Hokies at 2 p.m. at Alexander Memorial Coliseum. The game will be broadcast on the Georgia Tech ISP Sports Radio Network, 91.1 FM in Atlanta, and online at www.wrek.org. Livestats for all Georgia Tech games are available at www.ramblinwreck.com.