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Tech Women's Hoops Returns Home to Host Georgia State

Dec. 17, 2002

ATLANTA – The Georgia Tech women’s basketball team will return home on Wednesday night to host in-city rival Georgia State in a game that will tip off at 5 p.m. at Alexander Memorial Coliseum.

The Yellow Jackets (6-1) ran their win streak to five with a come-from-behind victory over Central Florida on Sunday in their first game after the final exam break. The Panthers enter the game with a 3-3 record and are coming off of a win over Morris Brown on Saturday.

Tech is off to its best start since an 8-0 mark to open the 1995-96 season, following the 62-58 win over the Golden Knights. That victory was the first on the road for Tech in the young season as the Jackets overcame a poor-shooting first half and a seven-point deficit at the intermission to claim the win.

The difference in the game for Tech came after the half, as the Jackets turned the ball over just five times in the second half, after committing 11 turnovers in the first half. The Yellow Jackets also found their shooting touch after the intermission, hitting on 48.1 percent of their shots after making only 31.4 percent in the first period.

Despite the struggles from the field, Tech hung tough against the Golden Knights and received key contributions from a number of players in the game.

Leading the way once again was senior center Sonja Mallory, who scored 20 or more points for the fourth time in 2003, finishing the game with 20 points to go along with eight rebounds and three blocks. Mallory’s averages of 9.9 rebounds and 2.4 blocks, both lead the ACC.

Rookie forward Kasha Terry was also solid inside for the Jackets, as she led Tech in rebounding for the fourth time this season, pulling down a game-high nine boards against UCF. Terry added nine points, a block and a steal in the contest.

Junior guard Alex Stewart continued to be steady at the point for the Jackets, remaining on her assist pace for the season. Against the Golden Knights, Stewart dished out six assists and leads the ACC with 6.00 helpers per game.

The meeting between Tech and Georgia State will be the 26th all-time, with the Yellow Jackets holding a 14-11 lead in the series. The Jackets have won the last three meetings and eight of the last nine match-ups, but the last two contests have been extremely close, decided by a combined eight points.

All Georgia Tech games can be heard locally on 91.1 WREK-FM and online at www.ramblinwreck.com.

-GT-

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