Jan. 10, 2005
ATLANTA – LaTonya Blue scored 22 points to lead Virginia (12-3, 2-0 ACC) to a 61-38 victory over Georgia Tech (10-3, 1-1) in the Yellow Jackets’ ACC home opener Monday at Alexander Memorial Coliseum.
The Cavaliers’ defense held the Yellow Jackets to their lowest point total in Division I history, which was previously set against NC State during the 1979-80 season. Although Georgia Tech outrebounded Virginia, 43-34, including pulling down 24 on the offensive end of the court, Georgia Tech was held to a season-low 25.5 percent from the field on 14-of-55 shooting.
The Yellow Jackets were led offensively by Stephanie Higgs, who recorded her 10th double-figure scoring game of the season with 12 points, while Kentrina Wilson added nine points in her third start of the year. Jessica Williams paced the Jackets on the boards, pulling down a season-high 13 rebounds, including 10 on the offensive end of the court, while Wilson recorded a career-high 10 rebounds in the contest.
Georgia Tech shot just 29.2 percent from the field and had nine turnovers in the first half, as the Cavaliers outscored Georgia Tech, 25-20 in the frame. Virginia received eight points from LaTonya Blue and six points off the bench by Tiffany Sardin while Tech was led by Kentrina Wilson, with seven points in the frame.
After the Jackets pulled to within 41-33 with 5:40 remaining in the game, the Cavaliers went on a 12-0 run over the next 3:27 to put the game out of reach. During that span, Virginia hit a pair of three-pointers and went 7-for-10 from the free-throw line.
The Yellow Jackets will return to action when they face Maryland Thursday at Alexander Memorial Coliseum. The game is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. and will be broadcast on WREK-Radio, 91.1 FM in Atlanta, and online at www.wrek.org. Livestats for the game will be available at www.ramblinwreck.com.