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Tech Women's Hoops Ready for Showdown With Fifth-Ranked Duke

Jan. 30, 2002

ATLANTA – The Georgia Tech women’s basketball team will put its six-game unbeaten streak on the line Thursday night when it travels to Durham, N.C., to face fifth-ranked Duke in a match-up of the Atlantic Coast Conference’s top two teams. The game will tip off at 7 p.m. at Cameron Indoor Stadium.

The Yellow Jackets (13-6, 6-3 ACC) will be looking to improve on their best start to a season since the 1978-79 season, when the team began the year with a 14-6 mark. Tech has won six-straight games for the second consecutive year and will seek a seven-game unbeaten for the first time since 1995-96 when it faces the Blue Devils (17-3, 9-0 ACC) tonight.

A number of players have contributed to the Jackets’ recent success, with seemingly a different player stepping forward each night. In Tech’s 79-52 win over Charleston Southern on Tuesday night, that fact was no different as senior Regina Tate had a career-best night to lead the Yellow Jackets to the win.

Tate finished the game with 27 points, bettering her career high for the third time this year. She was also second on the team in the game with seven rebounds in the contest. Her 12 field goals also set a new career best.

Junior center Sonja Mallory added to the Jackets’ continued strong play in the post as she netted the team’s first nine points against CSU and finished with 17 points. Mallory has now scored in double digits in each of Tech’s last five games and six of the last seven games overall.

The Jackets continue to be one of the top rebounding teams in both the ACC and the country, leading the conference and standing sixth in the nation with a +10.4 rebounding margin. Tech is also leading the ACC in rebounding defense at 32.8 and the Jackets’ scoring defense average of 61.8 rates second in the ACC.

Thursday’s game will be the third in six days for the Yellow Jackets, who will also be in action back home on Sunday afternoon against Wake Forest.

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