Jan. 23, 2005
Chioma Nnamaka scored a game-high 19 points and helped Georgia Tech (11-5, 2-3 ACC) earn its 400th win in school history as the Yellow Jackets defeated Miami (8-10, 0-5), 62-46, at the Convocation Center in Miami Sunday afternoon.
Georgia Tech used a 12-2 run to begin the second half to take a 42-24 lead with 15:07 remaining in the game. After trailing by 19 points with 13:08 on the clock, Miami went on a 10-1 run to pull to within 48-38 and 6:06, but Nnamaka nailed a three-pointer from the corner with 5:06 remaining and then converted on a pair of free throws to give the Yellow Jackets a 15-point lead at 3:58. The rookie from Uppsala, Sweden finished the game shooting 70 percent from the field and converted on 3-of-4 from the free-throw line. She also pulled down six rebounds and had two assists in the contest.
Stephanie Higgs and Jill Ingram also scored in double-figures for the Yellow Jackets, as the sophomore Higgs had 18 points and Ingram added 10. Jessica Williams recorded double-figures in rebounds for the sixth time this season, pulling down 10 in the contest while scoring seven points and recorded a pair of assists and steals.
Georgia Tech shot 44.2 percent in the game, including converting on half of its three-point attempts, and converted on 18-of-21 from the free-throw line.
The Yellow Jackets held the Hurricanes to just three baskets over the final 7:45 of the first half and had a 13-6 run of their own during the span to take a 30-22 lead into the locker room at halftime. Nnamaka paced Georgia Tech with eight points in the frame while Jill Ingram added six points on a pair of treys early in the game. Miami’s Tamara James led all scorers with 11 points in the half while pulling down five rebounds, and Albrey Grimsley added five for the Hurricanes. The Yellow Jacket defense held Miami to just 26.5 percent shooting from the field while converting on 47.6 percent of their shots, including hitting 57 percent from beyond the three-point arc.
James led the Hurricanes with 17 points in the game, while Tatjana Marincic came off the bench to score 11.
The Yellow Jackets will return to action Wednesday at 7 p.m. when they host the Clemson Tigers at Alexander Memorial Coliseum. The game will be broadcast on the Georgia Tech student station, WREK-FM, 91.1 in Atlanta and online at www.wrek.org . Livestats for all Georgia Tech women’s basketball games are available at www.ramblinwreck.com .