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Tech Women Return Home to Host Samford

Dec. 20, 2004

ATLANTA – The Georgia Tech women’s basketball team will return home to host the Samford Bulldogs for their final game prior to the Christmas holiday. The Yellow Jackets (5-2) and Bulldogs will square off at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Alexander Memorial Coliseum in a game that will be broadcast on the Georgia Tech student station, 91.1 FM in Atlanta, and online at www.wrek.org. Livestats for the game will be available at www.ramblinwreck.com.

The Jackets return home after dropping a pair of games at Tulsa and St. John’s over the last two weeks and home to rebound against a 7-1 Samford team whose only loss came at Alcorn State on December 6th.

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Georgia Tech Tidbits

LIVING UP TO THE HYPE: Prior to the season, the Yellow Jackets voted and 50 percent of the squad said that Stephanie Higgs would be the player that would surprise people this season…she’s lived up to that hype through the first six games, leading the team with 12.7 points and averaging 4.9 rebounds, 2.1 steals and 2.3 assists per contest.

INTO THE FIRE: Freshmen Jill Ingram and Chioma Nnamaka were thrown into the starting lineup prior to the season opener and have performed well, as they are second and fourth, respectively, in scoring.

STAY AWAY FROM THE BLOCK: Kasha Terry has picked up where she left off a year ago, averaging 3.0 blocks per game this season after blocking 2.5 per contest a year ago.

LOVING THE MISS: Jessica Williams is again one of the top rebounders in the league, as she is averaging 8.0 per game while scoring 6.0 points per contest.

LOOKING AT THE BENCH: Just because the starters are out doesn’t mean Tech’s opponents can relax…through the first seven games of the season, the Jackets’ bench is averaging 26.4 points per game (185 total), while the starters are averaging 35.9 points (251 total).

SUB, PLEASE!: After finishing the 2003-04 season with just five active players averaging more than 15 minutes per game, the Jackets currently have eight players playing more than 15 minutes per contest, with six of those averaging more than 20 minutes per game.

THE JACKETS ON “D”: Through the first seven games of the season, Georgia Tech has forced 129 turnovers by its opponents, which has led to 68 Yellow Jackets steals. In comparison, the Jackets have turned the ball over just 108 times, leading to 42 opponent steals.

Yellow Jacket Injury Update

There are no Georgia Tech injuries to report at this time.

Jackets vs. the Bulldogs and the Ohio Valley

• In the only other meeting between the Bulldogs and the Yellow Jackets, Georgia Tech defeated Samford on day one of the Georgia Tech-Atlanta Marriott NW Classic in 1998, 96-62, to advance to the championship game.

• This game marks just the second meeting between Georgia Tech and a team from the Ohio Valley, as the Jackets defeated Tennessee State, 93-61 in 1989 in the only other game against a team from the conference. In 1998, Samford was still a member of the Atlantic Sun, a conference in which the Jackets are 37-18 against.

The Yellow Jackets Love AMC

After dropping a pair of road games in the last two weeks, the Yellow Jackets are looking forward to their return to the familiar confines of Alexander Memorial Coliseum, where they have posted an overall record of 194-152 since the 1979-80 season, including a perfect 5-0 mark this year. Conversely, Georgia Tech is 91-192 on the road since 1979-80, and 0-2 this year.

Milestone Watch

• With five wins to open the season, the Georgia Tech women’s basketball team is just six wins away from recording its 400th win in school history. It took the team nine seasons to win its first 100 games and nine years to win its next 100. The team recorded its 300th victory on November 28, 1998.

• Junior Kasha Terry has recorded 21 blocks this season, with an average of 3.0 blocks per game, which is the highest percentage ever by a Georgia Tech junior. She already stands seventh for most blocks by a junior in the Georgia Tech annals.

• Terry has 131 blocks in her career as a Yellow Jacket, which is fourth on Georgia Tech’s all-time list. She is just 39 blocks behind Joannah Kauffman (1995-98), who stands third.

Following the game against Samford, the Yellow Jackets will take off for Christmas and return to action on December 30th and 31st when they host Mississippi Valley State, Alcorn State and South Carolina State in the Georgia Tech/Atlanta Marriott NW Holiday Invitational. Games are at 1 and 3 p.m. each day and both Georgia Tech contests will be broadcast on 91.1 FM in Atlanta.

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