Jan. 26, 2002
ATLANTA, Ga. — Milli Martinez scored a career-high 29 points in leading Georgia Tech to a 83-78 win over Clemson in a women’s Atlantic Coast Conference women’s basketball game at Atlanta, GA Saturday night.
With the win, Georgia Tech improves to 12-6 overall, 6-3 in the ACC. Clemson falls to 12-8 overall, 4-5 in league play.
Martinez hit 6-12 from the field and 17-20 from the free throw line. She also had eight rebounds and five assists.
Clemson was led in scoring by Chrissy Floyd with 22 points as she was 8-14 from the field and 4-5 from the three-point line. She was also 2-2 from the free throw line. In the first half, Georgia Tech took an early 12-3 lead with 15:12 left to go. Sonja Mallory scored four points in this early rally for the Yellow Jackets. However, Georgia Tech went on a scoring drought and the Lady Tigers outscored the Yellow Jackets 13-0 and built 16-12 advantage with 10:40 left. Chrissy Floyd had five points in this Lady Tigers run. Georgia Tech did not score its next field goal until the 6:57 mark in the first half, a period of 8:15, however the Yellow Jackets did hit five free throws and Clemson maintained a 23-19 lead at this point
The score was tied 25-25 with 4:03 remaining. From this point, the Yellow Jackets outscored the Lady Tigers 13-0 and took a 38-27 lead at the half sparked by Megan Isom’s three point field goal with 2.1 seconds left. In the first half, Clemson shot 10-29 from the field for a .345 pct. Georgia Tech shot 15-22 from the floor for a .682 figure.
In the first 8:14 of the second half, Clemson outscored Georgia Tech 13-10 as Tech held a 48-40 advantage with 11:46 left in the game.
Georgia Tech maintained at least a six point lead for most of the second half and built its largest lead of the game 60-46 with 4:15 left to go in the game as Nefertiti Walker hit two free throws.
Clemson narrowed the lead to four points 64-60 with 2:27 left as Chrissy Floyd stole the ball and scored from underneath. But Georgia Tech hit 17-22 free throws for the rest of the game to claim the win.
For the game, Georgia Tech hit 36-50 from the free throw line for a .720 pct. The 36 made free throws is tied for fifth best by an opponent in Clemson history. The 50 free throw attempts is tied for the second most in Clemson history by an opponent.
Georgia Tech won the battle of the boards 42-22. Tech was led by Sonja Mallory with nine rebounds.
In the second half, Georgia Tech shot 8-20 from the floor for a .400 pct. For the game the Yellow Jackets shot 23-42 for a .548 pct. Clemson was 16-40 in the second half from the field and finished the game 26-69 from the floor for a .377 mark.
“They dominated the boards and that says it all,” said Clemson Head Coach Jim Davis. When you defend and rebound like Georgia Tech does you will be in most every game. Martinez played a great game and is very valuable to her team. We couldn’t wear them down at all. We fought hard the first half until the final four minutes of the first half and they took an 11-point lead at intermission”
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