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Jackets Seeking 400th Win in Program History Against Virginia Monday

Jan. 9, 2005

ATLANTA – The Georgia Tech women’s basketball team hosts Virginia Monday at 7 p.m. in hopes of securing the program’s 400th win in its 31st season of play. The game will be contested at Georgia Tech’s Alexander Memorial Coliseum and will be televised on the Atlantic Coast Conference’s Regional Sports Network (FSN South, Comcast, Sunshine.) Beth Mowins will call the action from AMC, and she will be joined in the broadcast booth by Debbie Antonelli with the color analysis. The Jackets’ game can also be heard on the Georgia Tech student radio station, WREK-91.1 FM, and online at www.wrek.org. Richard Musterer calls the play-by-play for all Georgia Tech radio broadcasts while Kurt Hoyt provides the color commentary against Virginia. Livestats for the contest will be available at www.ramblinwreck.com.

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The Yellow Jackets enter the contest on a five-game win streak, including a one-point victory at Florida State Thursday in the first conference game for both teams, while the Cavaliers come to Atlanta with an 11-3 mark on the season, including a 1-0 record in ACC play after earning an overtime victory at Wake Forest Thursday night. The win in Florida State was Tech’s first road victory of the season, while the Yellow Jackets have a perfect 9-0 record at home this season.

A pair of underclassmen in Chioma Nnamaka and Stephanie Higgs have paced the Yellow Jackets in scoring this season. Nnamaka, a native of Uppsala, Sweden is averaging 14.0 points per game after her latest 30-point performance at Florida State, while Higgs, of nearby Lawrenceville, Ga., is scoring 13.9 points per contest. She has led Georgia Tech in scoring in six games this season, with her top game coming against Samford when she scored 30 points and had four rebounds, for assists and three steals versus the Bulldogs. Rookie point guard Jill Ingram has also played well of late, scoring 11 points, including the game-winning layup, while recording five rebounds, five assists and five steals at Florida State on Thursday.

The Georgia Tech bench has also had a big role in the success of the 2004-05 team, scoring 22.9 points per game while the starters are averaging 41.2 points per contest. The Yellow Jackets currently have seven players that are averaging more than 15 minutes per game, while six of those averaging 20 or more minutes.

Following the game against Virginia, Georgia Tech will host Maryland Thursday night before traveling to Duke on Monday.

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