Dec. 9, 2004
ATLANTA – Georgia Tech’s women’s basketball team will hit the road for the first time this season, traveling to Tulsa, Okla. to face the Golden Hurricane of Tulsa on Sunday at 5:30 p.m. ET at the Reynolds’ Center. The game will be broadcast by WREK-Radio, 91.1 FM in Atlanta, and online at www.wrek.org, and livestats for the contest will be available at www.ramblinwreck.com.
The Jackets and Golden Hurricane will be facing each other for the first time in history and both enter the game undefeated this season. Georgia Tech is coming off a pair of victories against No. 6 Georgia and Grambling State a week ago, while Tulsa defeated Oklahoma and UMKC in the last week. Both teams are receiving votes in this week’s AP Poll after their hot starts, while the Jackets also earned votes in the latest ESPN/USA Today Coaches’ Poll.
“To be honest, the team really seems unfazed by it [the votes], as though it is just the next test in front of us, the next opportunity to get better,” said Georgia Tech head coach MaChelle Joseph. “Coming off of finals, I really thought that we would see a dropoff at practice, but the team seemed almost sharper today. They seem to really understand what we are playing for and that it is a great opportunity for the program. We know that Tulsa has a great team, and this will be a big road test for us early-on.”
Sophomore Stephanie Higgs has had a great start for the Jackets this season, leading the team with 13.4 points per game while averaging 5.6 rebounds, 2.0 steals and 1.4 assists off the bench. She is joined atop the scoring list by a pair of freshman in Chioma Nnamaka and Jill Ingram this season, as the newcomers are averaging 10.6 and 9.0 points per game, respectively.
Jessica Williams has continued her strong play under the basket, averaging 7.6 rebounds per game, while Kasha Terry is pulling down 7.2 per contest while blocking an average of 3.0 shots per contest, as compared to 2.5 a year ago.
Kentrina Wilson and Janie Mitchell are seeing significant playing time off the bench this season, as Wilson is averaging 6.4 points and 4.0 rebounds in 21.8 minutes per game and Mitchell has 6.0 points and 3.8 rebounds and leads the team in three-point percentage in 16.8 minutes per contest.
The Jackets will return home following the contest before heading to New York for a matchup with St. John’s next weekend.