Dec. 5, 2004
ATLANTA – Freshman Chioma Nnamaka led all scorers with 19 points and Jill Ingram and Kasha Terry added 12 and 10 points, respectively, as Georgia Tech (5-0) defeated Grambling State (2-3), 66-52, Sunday at Alexander Memorial Coliseum.
The Jackets held the Lady Tigers to just 22 percent shooting and shot a season high 44 percent from the field to remain undefeated on the season. Georgia Tech is off to its best start since the 1995-96 season, when it began 8-0.
Terry and Ingram shot 60 and 80 percent, respectively, from the field as the Yellow Jackets hit 23-of-52 field goals in the game. The Jackets also made a season-high 82 percent of their free throws against the Lady Tigers, including 4-for-4 performances by Terry and Ingram and 2-for-2 marks by Stephanie Higgs and Kentrina Wilson.
Higgs was held to a season-low six points after scoring in double figures in the first four games of the season.
Jessica Williams led Tech with 10 rebounds in the game as the Jackets held a 49-39 edge in that category, but Grambling State pulled down 18 offensive boards, leading to 18 second-chance points by the Lady Tigers.
“It was an ugly game. We couldn’t hit shots but we found a way to win, and that says something about these kids and about perseverance,” said head coach MaChelle Joseph.
Georgia Tech opened the contest with a 9-0 run and didn’t allow a Grambling State field goal until Betty Lee hit a three-pointer at 14:24 and the Yellow Jackets took control of the game by taking a 36-21 lead into the locker room at the half.
The Jackets led by as much as 19 in the second frame of the game, when Terry hit a jumper with just under 16 minutes remaining, but the Lady Tigers fought back to within six points at 6:39 before Tech went on a 7-0 run to cement the win.
The Yellow Jackets will take the week off for final exams before traveling to Tulsa for a game on Sunday at 5:30 p.m. ET. The game will be broadcast on WREK-Radio, 91.1 FM in Atlanta and online at www.wrek.org, and livestats for the game will be available at www.ramblinwreck.com.