Nov. 2, 2004
ATLANTA – Junior captain Jessica Williams and sophomore Kentrina Wilson each scored 16 points and led five Yellow Jackets in double figures as Georgia Tech defeated the EA Sports All-Stars, 78-73, Tuesday evening at Alexander Memorial Coliseum.
Williams fell one rebound short of a double-double as the Riverdale, Ga. native finished the contest with nine rebounds and 16 points on 7-of-9 shooting from the field. Wilson’s 16 points were three more than her career-high from a year ago, as the Deerfield Beach, Fla. native went 4-for-5 from the field and hit all eight of her free-throw attempts in the game.
Also scoring in double figures for the Jackets were freshman Chioma Nnamaka, with 14, while freshman point guard Jill Ingram scored 12 and freshman Janie Mitchell, 10. Kasha Terry was 2-for-2 from the field, but had a pair of rebounds and six blocks against the Premier Players, while Ingram recorded seven rebounds, three assists and three steals in 36 minutes of play.
The Jackets converted on 41.2 percent of their shots, and held the All-Stars to just 28.9 percent from the field. Georgia Tech also scored 38 points in the paint while holding their opponents to just 28.
Ingram drove the lane for a layup and then hit a three-pointer to key an 11-2 run that begin the game against the EA Sports All-Stars. After the Premier Players pulled within one point with 12:43 remaining in the first half, the Jackets’ Mitchell had a layup and Williams hit back-to-back jumpers to give Georgia Tech a seven-point lead in the contest. The All-Stars would pull within five points just two more times, while the Jackets’ largest lead in the frame was at 14 points on a layup by Wilson with 27 seconds remaining in the half. Nnamaka led all scorers with nine points in the frame, while the Jackets’ Wilson and the Premier Players’ Maria Conlon both had eight.
The Yellow Jackets had a 20-7 run to begin the second half to take a 58-33 lead with 12:30 remaining in the game on a three-pointer by Mitchell. The EA Sports All-Stars then scored 14 consecutive points to pull within 58-47 at 9:30 before Ingram hit a three-pointer to help Tech maintain a 13-point edge. While Georgia Tech never gave up the lead in the final nine minutes of the contest, the Premier Players were never more than nine points away from the lead and were within five points on two occasions.
Georgia Tech will begin regular-season play at home on Friday, November 19 against Georgia State in a game that will follow a men’s contest against Alabama State, which is set to begin 5 p.m.