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Yellow Jacket Women Host Sixth-Ranked Georgia Friday

Dec. 2, 2004

ATLANTA – The Georgia Tech women’s basketball game will host the sixth-ranked Georgia Bulldogs Friday night 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.wreck.org, while livestats for the game will be available at www.ramblinwreck.com.

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The Yellow Jackets (3-0) and Bulldogs (5-1) will play the game on Tech’s campus for the first time since the 1988 season, and at one of the two schools’ home courts for the first time since 1989, as the last eight contests have been held at neutral locations. The Jackets are just 1-25 against the Bulldogs, with the only win coming two years ago, 65-61, at Philips Arena. The two teams have played at AMC just six times in history.

“We are looking at this game against Georgia like we have looked at every game this season,” said Tech head coach MaChelle Joseph, “that we want to get better as a team as the result of playing this game. But anytime Georgia and Georgia Tech play, you can’t just look at it as just another game.”

Georgia Tech is led this season by sophomore Stephanie Higgs, who has scored in double figures in all three games and is averaging 15.0 points, 5.0 rebounds, 2.0 steals and 1.3 assists per game off the bench, while Kasha Terry and Kentrina Wilson are averaging 8.7 and 8.3 points, respectively, behind Higgs. Terry has returned this season as one of the ACC’s top shot-blocking threats, averaging three per game this season, while Jessica Williams is leading the team with 7.3 rebounds per game.

“Something we have told our players all year is that we don’t really have a starting five, but a starting eight,” said Joseph. “There are eight players on the team that I feel comfortable in starting at any time, and heading into the game it is hard to decide who to start and who not to because eight of our players are capable of being in the starting lineup against Georgia.”

A pair of freshmen in Jill Ingram and Chioma Nnamaka have started every game for the Jackets this season, and together are averaging 18.0 points, 10.3 rebounds, 4.7 steals and 3.0 assists per game.

Janie Mitchell has also provided another spark off the bench for the Jackets through the first three games of the season, averaging 6.7 points and 5.3 rebounds per game.

“Obviously it’s an important game on our schedule. We have 28 games on our schedule this season, not that any of them are less important than this one, but this one is special because of what it represents.”

The game is part of three contests against teams from the University of Georgia this weekend, as the volleyball team will be competing against the Bulldogs in the NCAA First Round Friday afternoon at 5 p.m. in O’Keefe Gym, located directly behind Alexander Memorial Coliseum, and the men’s basketball team will play Georgia Sunday evening at 8 p.m. at AMC.

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