Dec. 12, 2002
ATLANTA – The Georgia Tech women’s basketball team will look to extend its current win streak to five games when it travels to Orlando, Fla., to face Central Florida in a game that will tip off at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, December 15 at UCF Arena.
The Yellow Jackets (5-1) will be facing the Golden Knights (3-3) for the first time in school history, with UCF marking the second of three-straight non-conference foes from the Atlantic Sun for Tech. The Jackets defeated Mercer on Dec. 5, by a 96-50 score and will face Georgia State on Dec. 18. The game will also mark the first trip to the state of Florida for a non-conference game for the Jackets since the 1992 season.
Tech has been dominant during its current unbeaten streak, outscoring its opponents by an average of 36.8 points, topped by an 85-35 win over East Tennessee State in the first round of the Atlanta Marriott NW Classic. Rebounding has been the key for Tech, as the Yellow Jackets have out-rebounded all six of their opponents on the year and lead the ACC with a +14.8 rebound margin.
Senior center Sonja Mallory has continued her outstanding start to the season, averaging a double-double on the year with 21.8 points and 10.2 rebounds per game. Mallory also leads the team and the ACC with 2.3 blocks per contest. Against Mercer, Mallory finished the game with her third double-double of the season, netting 18 points and grabbing 12 rebounds.
Mallory was joined in double-figure scoring by four other Tech players in the win over Mercer. Included in the group was junior forward Fallon Stokes, who netted 11 points. Stokes, along with Mallory has scored in double digits in each of the Jackets’ six games this season. Junior guard Megan Isom finished the contest with 13 points and seven rebounds, while a pair of freshmen, Kasha Terry and Megan Harpring scored 12 and 11 points, respectively. Harpring reached double-figure scoring for the first time in her career against the Bears.
Tech’s outside game has continued to develop during the young season, with junior Alex Stewart providing steady guidance to the offense from her point guard position. The Norcross, Ga., product recorded 10 assists in the game against Mercer, and leads the ACC with 6.0 assists per game.
The game with the Golden Knights can be heard locally on 91.1 WREK-FM and online at www.ramblinwreck.com. Following the game with UCF, the Yellow Jackets will continue a busy week with home games against both Georgia State, Dec. 18, and Fordham, Dec. 21.