Georgia Tech's Mitchell and Boston College's Murphy Earn ACC Weekly Accolades
Dec. 10, 2007
GREENSBORO, N.C. - Georgia Tech's Janie Mitchell and Boston College's Stefanie Murphy were named Atlantic Coast Conference Women's Basketball Player and Rookie of the Week after both averaged over 20 points in a pair of team victories for their respective squads. Mitchell led Georgia Tech in two home wins against South Carolina Upstate and Georgia Southern, improving the Yellow Jackets' record to 7-1 on the early season. Murphy posted her fifth and sixth double-double performance of the season last week en route to collecting the newcomers' third consecutive weekly honor.
Mitchell became the 22nd player in Georgia Tech women's basketball history to notch 1,000 points in a career in Tech's convincing win, 92-45, over visiting USC Upstate. The senior from Jackson, Miss., posted 24 points and eight rebounds in the victory. Mitchell is only the 15th player in Tech history to register 1,000 points and 500 rebounds in a career. To follow that, the veteran notched a 19-point, seven-rebound performance in Georgia Tech's 78-50 win over Georgia Southern. On the week, Mitchell shot 80 percent from the free throw line.
Murphy helped the Eagles capture two victories, extending the Eagles' win streak to five consecutive games. The 6-foot-4 freshman averaged 24 points and 12.5 rebounds in the two games. Against Holy Cross on Tuesday, the rookie from Londonderry, N.H., finished with 22 points, 11 rebounds and went 8-for15 from the field. In addition, Murphy was 6-for-7 from the charity stripe and notched two assists and two blocks in the victory. On Saturday against Rhode Island, Murphy shot 11-for-18 from the field and went a perfect 4-for-4 from the free throw line to finish with 14 rebounds and 26 points, which tied her career-high. She also had three assists and a steal in the win.
Murphy, who leads all ACC scorers with a 20.0 points per game average, now has six double-doubles on the season, and is three away from the BC freshman record of nine set by Holly Porter in 1993-94. The freshman also ranks second in the league in rebounding (11.0) and fifth in field goal percentage (.612).
Boston College will return to action on Tuesday in a 7:30 contest at Fairfield, while Georgia Tech will take the week off for final exams and return to the hardwood floor on Sunday, Dec. 16. The Yellow Jackets will travel to Mississippi State for a 3 p.m. tip-off.