Feb. 9, 2007
Tallahassee, Fla. – Though Jacqua Williams and Jill Ingram combined for 11 steals and the Jackets forced 30 Seminole turnovers, Tech couldn’t produce on the offensive end Friday, falling 63-52 to Florida State.
In a game filled with scoring droughts and riddled with turnovers on both ends of the court, 51 total, the Jackets couldn’t find their rhythm in the Donald L. Tucker Civic Center.
The Jackets trailed by as much as 11 points early in the game as Florida State’s Jacinta Monroe led the `Noles on a 13-0 run giving her team a 15-4 lead halfway through the first half.
It wasn’t until 10 minutes ticked off the clock that the Jackets found a little swagger as senior Stephanie Higgs drew two fouls and hit all three free throws. Those three scores were the beginning of 15-0 Georgia Tech run. Four of the five Jackets on the court scored in the run tying the score at 17-17 with 4:53 to play in the half.
Florida State answered with a 6-1 scoring run of their own and held a 25-19 lead at the break.
The `Noles jumped out to a big lead in the second half leading by as much as 17 points midway through. Consecutive 3-pointers by Ingram and Williams helped chip away at the lead with 7:44 left to play.
Moments later, Williams, who tied a career-high with six steals, came up with a steal and scored in transition. Tabitha Turner and Ingram followed with back-to-back scores which pulled the Jackets within six of the `Noles.
This was as close as the Jackets would get as early foul trouble kept Tech’s premiere three-point threat, Chioma Nnamaka, out of the rotation most of the night.
Williams paced the Jackets with 15 points and eight rebounds and Stephanie Higgs and Ingram added 11 points. Ingram tied a career high with five steals.
Nnamaka earned her 1,000th career point with her lone field goal Friday.
With the loss Georgia Tech falls to 14-10 overall, 5-5 in the ACC.
The Jackets return to the court in less than 48 hours when they host NC State Sunday at 4 p.m. in the Alexander Memorial Coliseum.