Dec. 18, 2007
ITTA BENA, Miss. – Alex Montgomery scored 12 points to help lead the Georgia Tech women’s basketball team (9-1) to a 79-67 win over Mississippi Valley State (4-3) on Tuesday afternoon at the Harrison HPER Complex.
“I am really pleased that we were able to complete this two game road trip with another win,” head coach MaChelle Joseph said. “I thought Alex (Montgomery) had a huge second half for us. She continues to grow into the impact player we knew she would be.”
The Jackets shot 50 percent from the field but were outrebounded by the Delta Devilettes, 38-37, in the mid-afternoon contest. Tech held a lead as large as 20 points over the Devilettes but foul trouble allowed MSVU to get back into the game, cutting the lead to as small as nine with 2:32 remaining on the clock. Five Jackets were called for three or more fouls in the game but a three-point field goal by Chioma Nnamaka with 2:00 on the clock sealed the victory for Tech.
Janie Mitchell closed out her homecoming trip to Mississippi with 25 points and eight rebounds, her second-consecutive 20-point outing of the trip. Nnamaka scored 20 points and grabbed five boards and Jacqua Williams finished with a career-high six assists in the win.
“Once again Janie (Mitchell) and Chioma (Nnamaka) came up big for us,” Joseph said.
The Devilettes finished with three girls in double-figures led by Portia Wilson’s 17 points and six rebounds off the bench. Jessica Williams added 13 points and eight rebounds and Ashley Howard finished with 11 points and six assists in a losing effort.
Mitchell dominated the first half, scoring 18 points on nine-of-11 shooting from the floor to help Tech open a 43-30 lead going into the lockeroom. The Jackets forced the Delta Devilettes into 16 turnovers to help offset the 8-4 offensive rebounding advantage held by Mississippi Valley State in the first half.
Tech returns to Atlanta but continues its three-game road trip with a matchup against cross-town rival Georgia State at the GSU Sports Arena on Saturday, Dec. 22. Tip-off is scheduled for 1 p.m., and fans can follow all the action on WREK radio (91.1 FM/www.wrek.org).
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