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Tech Holds Off Wake Forest, 57-47

Jan. 10, 2008

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ATLANTA – Janie Mitchell scored 20 points and grabbed eight rebounds to lead Georgia Tech (14-2, 1-1 ACC) to a 57-47 victory over Wake Forest (12-5, 0-3) at Alexander Memorial Coliseum on Thursday night.

The Yellow Jackets recorded their first Atlantic Coast Conference win of the 2007-08 season and continued their home-court dominance with their 17th-straight victory at home. The home-win streak has now spanned over one year beginning with a victory over Winston-Salem State on January 4, 2007.

“Tonight’s game was indicative of the type of game we can expect during ACC play,” head coach MaChelle Joseph said. “Wake Forest did a great job against our press. I was proud of the way our team adjusted in our half court man-defense to get defensive stops. Janie Mitchell was huge for us on the offensive end.”

Tech’s defense clamped down in the second half holding Wake Forest to just 18 points and 35 percent shooting from the floor. The Deacs were held without a basket for six minutes late in the second half, while the Jackets went on an 11-0 run to close out the game. Wake helped Tech by shooting 0-15 from three-point range on the evening.

Tech’s Iasia Hemingway chipped in 10 points and eight rebounds, with four on the offensive side. Alex Montgomery added seven points and eight rebounds to help Tech prevail.

Wake Forest’s Corinne Groves led all scorers with 21 points and finished with nine rebounds in a losing effort.

Tech held a three-point advantage at the half, leading the Deacs 32-29. The Jackets tried to pull away, holding a nine-point lead with 5:43 remaining but Wake Forest closed out the half on a 10-4 run to cut into the Tech lead.

The home-stand continues this weekend, as Tech will battle Miami on Sunday, Jan. 13 at 2 p.m.

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