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Georgia Tech Spoils Senior Day 78-63

Georgia Tech Spoils Senior Day 78-63

Feb. 23, 2003

Sonja Mallory recorded her 22nd career double-double to lead Georgia Tech to a 78-63 victory over Clemson in women’s basketball action at Littlejohn Coliseum on Sunday afternoon. Mallory scored 18 points and pulled in a game-high 10 rebounds in leading Georgia Tech to its 17th victory of the year against just nine losses. Tech is now 6-8 in the ACC. Clemson fell to 13-12 overall, 5-9 in the ACC.

It was the final home game of the year for the Lady Tigers. Senior Chrissy Floyd, Clemson’s #2 ranked scorer in history, had 20 points, six rebounds and five assists in playing all 40 minutes, but it was not enough for Clemson. Lakeia Stokes added 18 points and Julie Aderhold scored 13.

Tech had five players in double figures. In addition to Mallory’s numbers Fallon Stokes scored 16 and pulled in seven rebounds. Alex Stewart had15 points, eight rebounds, five assists and three steals in a fine all-around effort. Mallorie Winn added 11 points off the bench in just 19 minutes.

Megan Harpring, a freshman guard, was the fifth player in double figures for Georgia Tech. She had 15 points and six rebounds, and did not have a turnover in 39 minutes. Harpring is now one up on her brother, former Tech All-American Matt Harpring, who is now a star player with the Utah Jazz. Tech never won in four tries in Littlejohn Coliseum during Matt Harpring’s career (1994-98). Tech was outstanding in many areas in defeating Clemson in Littlejohn Coliseum for the first time since 1995-96.

The Yellow Jackets won the rebounding battle 47-28 and had 20 offensive rebounds during the game. Tech had just nine turnovers and shot 6-13 from three-point range. Clemson shot 56 percent on three-point shots and 77 percent from the foul line, but still lost. It was Tech’s second win over Clemson this year. This is the first time since the 1995-96 season that Tech has swept the season series from Clemson. Ironically, Clemson won the ACC Championship that year.

Tech had a 13-point lead in the first half at 30-17, but Clemson cut the margin to 34-28 by intermission. Clemson then went on a 14-6 run to open the second half to take a 42-40 lead with 14:23 to go on a layup by Stokes. Floyd had three baskets and an assist in that Clemson spurt.

But, Tech came right back and went on a 15-0 run to take a 55-42 lead at the 10:46 mark. Harpring started the run with a three-point goal. Winn had five points and an assist in the 15-0 run that was the key juncture of the game.

Clemson cut the lead under double digits the rest of the game. Tech’s largest lead was 18 points at 78-60 with five seconds left.