Feb. 24, 2003
ATLANTA – Georgia Tech freshman guard Megan Harpring has been named ACC Rookie of the Week for the first time in her career as announced by the Atlantic Coast Conference office in Greensboro, N.C., on Monday afternoon. Harpring becomes the first Yellow Jacket player to be named the conference’s rookie of the week since the 1999 season, when Niesha Butler earned the honor.
Harpring turned in the top week of her young career, averaging 12 points, five rebounds and three assists for the Yellow Jackets in a pair of key ACC wins over Florida State (86-56) at home and Clemson (78-63) on the road. Harpring’s offensive performance was even more impressive considering she drew the task of defending both the Seminoles’ Tasheika Morris and Clemson’s Chrissy Floyd, limiting that duo to 11-of-35 shooting from the field and Morris to only eight points.
Against Florida State, Harpring did most of her work on the defensive end, but did net nine points and pull down four boards and was a perfect 2-for-2 at the free throw line.
Against the Tigers, she hit for a career-high 15 points and grabbed a career-best six rebounds, while playing a career-high 39 minutes. In the game with Clemson, Harpring was 3-for-5 from beyond the three-point arc and was 4-for-4 at the free throw line, while not committing any turnovers in the game. Her second three of the game was a crucial one, as it put the Jackets ahead for good in the game at 43-42 and sparked a 15-0 run by Tech to put the game out of reach.
On the week, she shot 50 percent from the floor, including 57.1 percent from three-point range and was a perfect 6-for-6 at the charity stripe.
Harpring and her Georgia Tech teammates will be back in action on Thursday night when they travel to Raleigh, N.C., to face NC State in a game that will tip off at 7 p.m.