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Jackets Upend No. 21 Michigan State, 70-57

Dec. 3, 2008

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ATLANTA – After two close calls against ranked opponents, the Georgia Tech women’s basketball team finally pulled off an upset with a 70-57 win over No. 21 Michigan State (6-2) Wednesday in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge at Alexander Memorial Coliseum.

A pair of Deja Foster three-point plays over the final four minutes of the game sealed the Yellow Jackets’ (6-2) first win over a ranked opponent since knocking off No. 4 Maryland in the Thrillerdome on Feb. 1, 2007.

“Down the stretch, Deja stepped up huge for us,” head coach MaChelle Joseph said. “She hit a big three-pointer and followed it up with two three-point plays. She put us on her back for a stretch that put us over the top to win the game.”

Alex Montgomery led the Jackets with 20 points, seven rebounds and five steals. Jacqua Williams added 18 points, seven assists and six steals in the win. Foster scored a career-high 13 points for Tech.

“Jacqua has really flourished over last few games,” Joseph said. “Her points have gone up, her steals have gone up and her assists have gone up. I think having that calming figure at the point position has really helped us.”

Tech fell behind by as much as 12 points in the first five minutes of the game but stormed back to takes its first lead, a 28-26 advantage, with a second remaining before the half on a Montgomery three-pointer.

The Jackets forced Michigan State into 28 turnovers and scored 26 points off the Spartan mishaps.

The Spartans Aisha Jefferson finished with a team-high 14 points. Brittney Thomas added eight points and 11 rebounds.

The Yellow Jackets return to action Friday when they host archrival Georgia at Alexander Memorial Coliseum. Tipoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. Fans are urged to come out and wear gold as the Jackets try and pack the house. Tech will also take part in the 8th-Annual Michael Isenhour Toy Drive. New, unwrapped toys will be collected from fans as they enter Alexander Memorial Coliseum.

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