Nov. 15, 2006
Boone, N.C. – The Georgia Tech women cruised to a win in their first road contest of the season, defeating Appalachian State 79-53 Tuesday at the Holmes Convocation Center in Boone, N.C.
Both Tech co-captains reached the 20-point mark with Chioma Nnamaka raking in 22 points and Janie Mitchell notching 20. Once again, Nnamaka was stellar behind the arc knocking down 5-of-9 from distance, 8-of-14 from the field. Nnamaka grabbed five rebounds, four of them coming on defense. Mitchell was 9-for-11 from the field and also had five rebounds.
Mitchell led the team with three blocks, and for the second game in a row the stingy Tech defense held their opponent to under 35 percent shooting from the field, keeping the Mountaineers at just 32.1 field goal percentage. The Jackets stole the ball 16 times and forced 25 Mountaineer turnovers in another great defensive display with 35 of Tech’s 79 points coming off turnovers.
Senior Stephanie Higgs continues to exhibit her signature tenacity and hustle, pulling down four rebounds with four assists, two blocks and three steals. Higgs was perfect from the line, going 9-for-9, while the team as a whole only missed one of their free throws.
Though the Jackets ran away with the second half and led by as much as 30 points, the Mountaineers played Tech tough in the first and led twice in the opening 10 minutes of play, and tied the score four times.
The Jackets return home to face nearby rivals Georgia State Thursday at the Alexander Memorial Coliseum in the second half of men’s and women’s basketball double header. The men will tip off at 6 p.m. with the women’s game starting 30 minutes after the conclusion of the men’s game.