Nov. 24, 2006
San Diego – One of Tech’s best players is held scoreless in the second half as the Jackets lose a hard-fought battle, falling 59-62 to the Toreros in the Jenny Craig Pavilion on the campus of the University of San Diego. The opportunistic San Diego defense was able to contain Chioma Nnamaka allowing her to score only one basket in Friday’s loss.
The game remained close for it’s entirety with the largest Torero lead of nine points coming four minutes into the second half. Janie Mitchell closed that gap and ended Tech’s drought with three consecutive scores. Mitchell led the Jackets in scoring, once again, dropping 22 on San Diego and also led the team in rebounding with eight. Mitchell also contributed on defense, adding a steal and a block Friday.
Stephanie Higgs, who was second in scoring with 14 points, tied the score at 53 after stealing the ball and coming up with a tough rebound off a Mitchell miss. But San Diego regained their lead and held on till the end. Though senior Kentrina Wilson sunk a late three pointer, it wasn’t enough to propel the Jackets to the win.
The Jackets were without veteran point guard Jill Ingram who stayed behind in Atlanta to nurse a stress fracture in her left foot. Tech is also without junior guard Giuliette Ancora who suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in a preseason practice. The torn ACL is the second for Ancora in as many seasons.
With Friday’s loss, the Jackets fall to 3-and-2 for the season, 0-and-2 on the road. They will not see game action this week and will begin preparations for their next game; a match-up with bitter in-state rival No. 8 Georgia. Tech will tip-off against the Bulldogs at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 3 at the Alexander Memorial Coliseum.