Sept. 25, 2002
ATLANTA — Two of Georgia Tech’s all-time great women’s basketball performers, Kisha Ford and Joyce Pierce, were among the 51 members of the Atlantic Coast Conference’s 50th Anniversary team announced on Wednesday by the conference office in Greensboro, N.C. The league will be naming top-50 teams for each of its 25 sports as part of the conference’s golden anniversary celebration.
The first Yellow Jacket to make the list was Ford, who starred for Tech from 1994-97. Ford was a three-time All-ACC selection and became just the second Tech player to earn first-team honors following the 1997 season. That same season, she was an honorable mention All-American, while also earning Georgia Tech’s Total Person Award. Ford finished her career as Tech’s all-time leading scorer with 1,955 points and is the school’s career leader in field goals made and attempted, along with steals and minutes played. She ranks among Tech’s all-time top 10 in nine other categories. Ford is one of three Yellow Jacket players to record a triple-double, as she accomplished the feat with 33 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists against Georgia State on March 13, 1995.
The second member of the team, Pierce, is one of the Yellow Jackets’ most decorated players. Pierce was a three-time All-ACC selection and earned honorable mention All-America honors from Kodak in 1993. She was one of the catalysts for Tech’s run to the NWIT title in 1992, earning MVP honors for the tournament. That honor followed Pierce being named to the ACC All-Tournament team earlier in the season, after leading the Jackets to the title game. She still holds the school record for free throws made in a game, going a perfect 17-for-17 against Hawai’i on March 28, 1992. She still ranks fifth on Tech’s all-time scoring list with 1,557 points in her career and ranks among the top 10 in 11 other categories, including being the school’s all-time leader in free throws made.