Georgia Tech's Ardossi and Wake Forest's Garcia Earn Women's Basketball Weekly Accolades

Feb. 1, 2010

GREENSBORO, N.C. – Georgia Tech senior forward Brigitte Ardossi and Wake Forest freshman center  earned this week’s Atlantic Coast Conference Women’s Basketball Player and Rookie of the Week honors for the period ending Jan. 31. Ardossi led the 25th-ranked Yellow Jackets to a 2-0 finish last week, including wins over Miami and Virginia Tech, while Garcia came up big for Wake Forest in its only game of the week, an upset over visiting No. 21 Virginia.

Ardossi put up a monster game against Miami, tying her career-high with 29 points and grabbing a career-best 17 rebounds in the overtime victory (80-73). The senior went 11-for-13 from the charity stripe and added one steal and one block in the winning effort. Ardossi followed that performance with a 15-point, seven-rebound outing against Virginia Tech, both games at home. She was a perfect five-for-five from the free throw line, adding two assists and one steal.

The Melbourne, Australia, native has scored in double-figures in 21-of-23 games this season, including 16 straight. She is also shooting a conference-best .830 (93-112) from the free throw line this season. In Tech’s seven ACC games, she has taken her game to a new level, averaging 18.9 points and 8.9 rebounds. Those marks are good for third and second in the league, respectively.

Sandra Garcia Garcia was the game’s leading scorer in Wake Forest’s 64-57 upset over No. 21 Virginia (21 points). The newcomer recorded her fifth double-double of the season with 12 rebounds and helped her Demon Deacons take a win over the Cavaliers for just the third time in program history. Garcia also added two steals and one block in the team’s lone game of the week.

The Hollywood, Fla., native collects the Rookie of the Week honor for the second time this season as she picked up the league’s first weekly accolade of the 2009-10 season (Nov. 16). Among ACC freshmen this season, Garcia currently ranks fourth in scoring (9.2 ppg) and second in rebounding (7.4 rpg).

ACC women’s basketball action continues tonight as Florida State travels to take on North Carolina. The contest will be televised on the league’s regional sports network, with tip-off at 7 p.m. ET.

For more information on ACC women’s basketball, log onto theACC.com. Be sure to check out the new version of the league’s “She Can Play” theme song – The Remix – on theACC.com/SheCanPlay.