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Tech Stops Florida State, 83-73

Feb. 3, 2008

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ATLANTA – Janie Mitchell scored 23 points to lead the Georgia Tech women’s basketball team (18-4, 5-3 ACC) past visiting Florida State (14-8, 4-3), 83-73, Sunday afternoon at Alexander Memorial Coliseum.

Tech opened the second half on a 17-2 run and held Florida State without a field goal over the first 8:30 minutes of the second half to open a 61-41 lead. The Seminoles answered with a quick 8-0 run of their own to bring FSU within 12 points. Chioma Nnamaka answered with a jumper at 10:23 and Tech was able to hold on for the win.

“This was a great win for our program,” head coach MaChelle Joseph said. “I thought Janie (Mitchell) and Chioma (Nnamaka) stepped up and led the way. Our freshman were tough, especially on the offensive end.”

The Yellow Jackets forced Florida State into 29 turnovers and closed out the game with 17 steals. Jacqua Williams led the way with seven steals, her 11th game of the season in which she has finished with four or more.

“Jacqua (Williams) had several big defensive plays for us,” Joseph said. “She really changes the game on the defensive end.”

Nnamaka scored 20 points and finished with a career-high five steals. Alex Montgomery finished with 17 points and six rebounds and Iasia Hemingway added 14 points and eight boards.

The Seminoles’ Tanae Davis-Cain came off the bench to score a career-high 28 points before fouling out late in the game.

A three-point play by Hemingway with a second remaining on the clock gave the Jackets a 44-39 advantage entering the locker room. The Seminoles shot a blistering 64.7 percent from the field but Tech knocked down six more shots to help open the halftime lead. The first half alone had nine lead changes and eight times the score was tied.

Tech will next travel to Miami this coming Thursday, Feb. 7. The Jackets and Hurricanes will square off at the BankUnited Center with tip-off scheduled for 7 p.m.

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