Dec. 1, 2003
Muhammad, a junior from Atlanta, Ga., was named the Most Valuable Player of the Preseason NIT after leading Georgia Tech to the tournament championship. The Yellow Jackets knocked off No. 1 Connecticut, 77-61, in the semi-finals, and No. 25 Texas Tech, 85-65, in the championship game. Muhammad scored 38 points in 38 minutes of playing time off the bench, grabbed eight rebounds, and made 16 of 20 field goal attempts and 6 of 11 free throws in two games. He sparked the Jackets almost immediately upon entering the game in each case and electrified the Madison Square Garden crowd with his acrobatic dunks.
Stewart, a senior from Norcross, Ga., helped Tech to a 2-1 record in the Paradise Jam in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, with wins over James Madison and Southwest Missouri State. She shot 50 percent (12-24) from the field on the week, including 50 percent (6-12) from beyond the three-point arc. Stewart was 9-for-9 from the free throw line this week and is now 14-for-15 (.933) from the charity stripe for the season. She averaged 13 points, 5.7 assists, 4.3 rebounds and two steals per game in the tournament. Stewart led the team with 18 points against JMU, had 9 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists against West Virginia, and had 12 points and 9 assists against SW Missouri State.
2003-04 GEORGIA TECH STUDENT-ATHLETES OF THE WEEK Sept. 1 Nathan Burton (Football) and Alexandra Preiss (Volleyball) Sept. 8 Eric Henderson (Football) and Jayme Gergen (Volleyball) Sept. 15 Dawan Landry (Football) and Kele Eveland (Volleyball) Sept. 22 Trevor McLeod (Tennis) and Lauren Sauer (Volleyball) Sept. 29 Thomas Jordan (Golf), Reggie Ball (Football) and Alexandra Preiss (Volleyball) Oct. 6 Chris Reis (Football) and Alexandra Preiss (Volleyball) Oct. 13 Kyle Rabbitt (Cross Country), Jonathan Smith (Football) and Jayme Gergen (Volleyball) Oct. 20 Cristan Duvall (Cross Country), Katie Griffin (Cross Country) Oct. 27 James Butler (Football), Roberto Castro (Golf) and Vesna Stojanovska (Swimming) Nov. 3 Kyle Rabbitt (Cross Country) and Kacie Anson (Tennis) Nov. 11 Mike Barbosa (Golf), Lauren Sauer (Volleyball) and Vesna Stojanovska (Swimming) Nov. 17 P.J. Daniels (Football), Kyle Rabbitt (Cross Country) and Vesna Stojanovska (Swimming) Nov. 24 Jonathan Smith (Football), Jarrett Jack (Men’s Basketball) and Fallon Stokes (Women’s Basketball) Dec. 1 Isma’il Muhammad (Men’s Basketball) and Alex Stewart (Women’s Basketball)