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Tech Women Depart for Costa Rica Friday

Oct. 13, 2004

ATLANTA – For just the third time in school history, the Georgia Tech women’s basketball team will have a chance to gain international playing experience, competing against the University of Costa Rica, the Costa Rican National team and Cartago during a five-day trip over the school’s fall break. The Yellow Jackets depart Friday morning and will have the opportunity to play in four games during their five-day stay in Central American.

This will be the first chance for the seven returning lettermen to meld with six incoming freshmen in live-game action after the team has participated in a pair of intra-squad scrimmages in the past two weeks to prepare for the trip.

“We have so many new faces on the team, and I think that this is just a great opportunity for our program,” head coach MaChelle Joseph said. “This is just another example of how much our administration supports us and cares about women’s basketball and I’m very thankful for this chance that they have given us to gain international experience.”

Junior captains Megan Harpring, Jessica Williams and Kasha Terry will be looked to for leadership as freshmen Giuliett Ancora, Jill Ingram, Daphne Mitchell, Janie Mitchell, Chioma Nnamaka and Shantrell Moss will be participating as Yellow Jackets for the first time in their careers. The preseason trip will also be the first game back from season-ending knee surgeries for both Ingram and sophomore Kentrina Wilson, and the coaching staff is looking forward to seeing the two guards back in game-action.

The Yellow Jackets depart Friday morning and arrive in Costa Rica just after 12 noon (MST). They will play the University of Costa Rica at 12 noon (MST) Saturday and then will return to the University’s campus later that night to play the Costa Rican National Team at 8 p.m. Georgia Tech’s third game of the trip will be against the Costa Rican National Team on Sunday, which is set for an 8 p.m. tip-off at the National Gym.

The Yellow Jackets conclude their Costa Rica trip Monday when they face Cartago at the National Gym at 6 p.m. They will then return to Atlanta Tuesday evening.

Fans may follow the Yellow Jackets’ trip to Costa Rica as members of the 2004-05 team’s junior class (Harpring, Williams, Terry, Ashley Guerrant, and Cheytoria Phillips) will write journal entries about each day’s events, which will be posted at the end of the day on www.ramblinwreck.com.

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