ATLANTA (AP) - Stephanie Higgs scored 26 points and Janie Mitchell added 17, and Georgia Tech defeated Number Four Maryland 77-72 Thursday night. Jacqua Williams had 16 points for the Yellow Jackets (14-8, 5-3 Atlantic Coast Conference), who had lost four straight to Maryland, last winning 58-57 three years ago.
Marissa Coleman led Maryland (21-3, 5-3) with 17 points. Crystal Langhorne and Kristi Toliver each had 13 and Sa'de Wiley-Gatewood added 12 for the defending national champs, who lost 84-to-71 to Number 2 North Carolina on Sunday.
The Yellow Jackets' last victory against a team ranked as high as Maryland also came against the Terrapins, who were fourth-ranked when Tech beat them 68-67 in the ACC tournament in March 1992.
Tech's biggest lead of the second half was 58-to-44 with 9:31 left after leading 40-27 at the half. The Yellow Jackets' biggest lead was 14 points on a 3-pointer by Chioma Nnamaka with 4:50 remaining before intermission. Mitchell led the Yellow Jackets with 11 points and Higgs added 10 in the half. Langhorne had eight points for Maryland.