Hurricanes Open ACC Play Thursday on the Road at Georgia Tech
|Miami at Georgia Tech
January 5, 2005 / 7 p.m.
Alexander Memorial Coliseum / Atlanta, Ga.
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| With an overall record of 10-2 coming off an upset win over then 25th-ranked Mississippi last Thursday in Coral Gables, Miami will open ACC play Thursday night at 7 p.m. in Atlanta against conference foe Georgia Tech.
Riding a three-game win streak, first-year head coach and the Hurricanes are off to the third-best start in school history and are receiving votes in the latest WBCA/ESPN-USA Today Coaches Poll.
Miami is coming off an impressive victory over 25th-ranked Mississippi last Thursday which helped the Hurricanes claim the 2005 Hurricane Holiday Classic Championship title.
National Player of the Year candidate Tamara James has been unstoppable of late, scoring 30 and 24 points in her last two games while hitting 22 of her last 27 shots. James leads the ACC in scoring (22.0 ppg) and ranks among the top 10 in the league in seven other categories.
Junior guard Renee Taylor sits at second on the team in scoring (14.7 ppg) followed by senior guard Melissa Knight (12.9 ppg). Senior guard Katie Hayek has been hot of late, averaging 10.4 points over the last five games..
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|Thursday’s game will televised live on Comcast SportsNet (CSS) as part of the ACC’s Regional Sports Network. Games will be broadcast live on WVUM (90.5 FM) and can also be HEARD LIVE on hurricanesports.com, which will also feature live scoring and stats.|
A Quick Look at Georgia Tech Riding a six-game win streak, head coach MaChelle Joseph and the Yellow Jackets are off to an 11-1 start with their only loss of the season coming at the hands of 17th-ranked Georgia. The Yellow Jackets’ success has come from their defensive efforts which allow just 47.6 points per game.
Sophomore guard Chioma Nnamaka leads Georgia Tech in scoring (11.7 ppg) followed by sophmore forward Janie Mitchell (11.3 ppg), who leads the team in rebounding (7.5 rpg).
The Series Thursday’s game will mark the fifth meeting between the Yellow Jackets and Hurricanes, who lead the all-time series at 4-1. Georgia Tech and Miami split victories in a pair of games last season.
In the last meeting, a March 3rd contest last season in the first round of the 2005 ACC Tournament in Greensboro, N.C., Tamara James took a half court pass to score underneath the basket over two Yellow Jacket defenders as time expired to lift Miami past Georgia Tech, 60-58.