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Jackets Second-Half Surge Leads to 79-67 Win Over Georgia State

Dec. 22, 2007

Box Score | Post-game Radio Interview with Alex Montgomery

ATLANTA – Alex Montgomery registered her first career double-double to lead the Georgia Tech women’s basketball team (10-1) to a 79-67 win over Georgia State (2-7) at the GSU Sports Arena on Saturday afternoon.

Montgomery finished with a career-high 19 points and 10 rebounds to lead three Jackets in double figures. The highly-touted freshman dished out a career-high four assists, while also finishing with three steals and three blocks.

“I give Georgia State a lot of credit,” head coach MaChelle Joseph said. “I thought they played very hard. Our kids just really persevered and were very tough down the stretch. Alex Montgomery played her best game as a Yellow Jacket.”

A lay-up by the Panthers Shay Rawls at 18:30 in the second half gave Georgia State their only lead of the game, a 39-38 advantage, but Montgomery nailed a jumper at 18:05 and Tech never looked back. The Jackets went on a 20-6 run over the next nine minutes of action to hold a 16-point lead with nine minutes remaining in the game. The Panthers tried to claw their way back but Tech’s defense proved to be too strong as the Jackets cruised to the 12-point victory.

Chioma Nnamaka scored 19 points, the 10th game this season she has scored in double-digits and Janie Mitchell added 16 points for the Jackets. Brigitte Ardossi scored nine points and had a career-high four steals off the bench.

Tech out-rebounded the Panthers 40-23 and attempted a season-high 36 free-throw attempts in the victory.

Georgia State got 15 points apiece from Brittany Hollins and Traci Haltiwanger. Hollins also finished with a game-high eight assists and four rebounds in the loss.

A tightly contested first half left the Jackets ahead by only two. Tech held its biggest advantage at the free-throw line, where it knocked down 10-of-16 compared to only four-of-10 for the Panthers. Montgomery scored nine of her 19 points before halftime but her biggest impact came on the defensive end with two booming blocks sent out-of-bounds.

Tech will enjoy a week off before hosting Chicago State in the opening game of the Georgia Tech Hotel & Conference Center Holiday Tournament next Saturday, Dec. 29. Tip-off is scheduled for noon and will be followed by a meeting between Kennesaw State and Harvard. The tournament will continue on Sunday, Dec. 30 with the consolation matchup beginning at 11:30 a.m., followed by the championship game at 1:30 p.m.

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