Jan. 19, 2002
Tallahassee, Fla. – The Georgia Tech women’s basketball team will look to win its fourth straight conference game on Sunday afternoon when it visits Florida State at Leon County Civic Center in Tallahassee, Fla. The game will be televised on the Atlantic Coast Conference regional network, which included Fox Sports Net South and the Sunshine Network, beginning at 1:00 p.m.
The Yellow Jackets (10-6, 4-3 ACC) are coming off of an impressive 91-62 win over 17th-ranked North Carolina on the road Thursday night. Tech will be looking to avenge an earlier loss to the Seminoles (11-6, 2-4 ACC), as FSU claimed an 87-78 win in Atlanta on December 5 in the ACC opener for both teams.
With the win in Chapel Hill, the Jackets improved their record to 10-2 this year when allowing to score fewer than 70 points.
One of the players that has driven the Tech attack over the past few games has been sophomore Fallon Stokes, who is averaging 15.3 points in three games since assuming a starting role for the Jackets. Against North Carolina, Stokes netted a career-high 23 points to lead all scorers in the game, adding eight rebounds and three steals.
Junior center Sonja Mallory has continued to be a force in the post for Tech, as she is averaging 13 points, 9.7 rebounds and 2.3 blocks in the last three games, including a team-leading fourth double-double of the year against the Tar Heels with 14 points and 13 boards.
The Jackets continue to lead the ACC in a pair of rebounding categories, including rebound margin (+10.2) and rebounding defense (32.2), while also rating as the second-best team in scoring defense (61.5 ppg). The rebound margin is the ninth best in the country in the latest NCAA statistics.
Florida State opened the year with a solid run that included a 10-2 start, including the 87-78 decision over the Jackets. Since that start, the ‘Noles have struggled recently, recording a 1-4 mark that contained a 0-4 slide in league play. In its last outing, FSU downed NC State in Tallahassee by an 80-74 score. All five Seminole starters finished in double figure scoring, led by Katelyn Vujas and Tasheika Morris with 16 apiece.
Sunday’s match-up will be the 25th meeting between the Yellow Jackets and Seminoles, with Florida State holding a 13-11 advantage in the all-time series. The Seminoles have won the last five meetings between the two teams, including three of the last four games in Tallahassee.