Georgia Tech Returns Home to Face Mississippi Valley State Sunday

Dec. 11, 2009

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ATLANTA – The Georgia Tech Women’s Basketball team (5-2), coming off a four-game road trip, returns home to face Mississippi Valley State (2-3) Sunday. Tip-off at Alexander Memorial Coliseum in the Henry F. McCamish Basketball Complex is slated for 2 p.m.

Gameday CentralGame #8 Date:   Sunday, December 13, 2009Opponent:       Mississippi Valley State Delta DevilettesSite:           Alexander Memorial Coliseum (9,191)Tip-Off:        2:00 p.m. ETRadio:          WREK 91.1 FM/www.WREK.orgTalent:         Richard Musterer (pbp) and Kyle Tait (analyst)Live Stats:     www.RamblinWreck.com

PHOTOS WITH BUZZ
Georgia Tech’s lovable mascot Buzz will be on hand this Sunday from 1-1:45 p.m. to take free photos with fans. He will be dressed for in his holiday best. We will post your photos on RamblinWreck.com and if you like your photo, you can e-mail us for a free digital copy.

TECH VS. MISSISSIPPI VALLEY STATE
• Georgia Tech leads the all-time series 3-0 over the Devilettes.
• Tech defeated MVSU, 72-37, in last season’s meeting on Nov. 22, 2008.
• The Yellow Jackets are 10-2 all-time against teams from the SWAC.
Sasha Goodlett is the only Yellow Jacket from Mississippi on its current roster.

NINE DAYS OF DECEMBER
Head Coach MaChelle Joseph has never been shy at scheduling tough opponents but this year she has also scheduled one of the toughest stretches of basketball. Her Yellow Jackets will face five teams in nine days beginning with the Mississippi Valley State game on Sun., Dec. 13. The Jackets will then host Oregon on Wed., Dec. 16, travel to Kennesaw State on Fri., Dec. 18, return home for a game against Arizona on Sun., Dec. 20 and then head across town for a game at Georgia State on Tue., Dec. 22. Tech will have earned its small six-day break for the Christmas holiday. Tech will then return to the road to travel to Miami for the FIU Holiday Tournament from Dec. 28-29.

MONTGOMERY RETURNS TO ACTION
Junior Alex Montgomery, who has been recovering from a knee injury all summer, made her first appearance of the season last weekend at the LIU Turkey Classic. Montgomery did not dissapoint, scoring eight points and grabbing five rebounds in just 11 minutes her season debut vs. Seton Hall. Against Long Island, she had a team-high 13 points and three asssists in 12 minutes of action.

COUNTDOWN TO 1,000
Alex Montgomery, an All-ACC third team member a year ago, is only 220 points shy of becoming the 23rd player in Yellow Jacket history to reach this milestone. Montgomery scored 335 points her freshman season and added 410 as a sophomore.

MONTGOMERY KNOCKS THEM DOWN FROM LONG RANGE
Alex Montgomery has become one of the most prolific three-point shooters in Georgia Tech history. She has knocked down 114 in her career, which is good for sixth all-time. She is shooting .353 (8th all-time) from three-point range for her career. In her first four games this season, Montgomery has shot 10-28 (.357) from beyond the arc.

SENIOR CLASS LOOKING FOR MORE WINS
The 2009-10 senior class, Brigitte Ardossi and Tiffany Blackmon, have been part of 70 wins in their three seasons on the Flats, which is good for second all-time. The Jackets need 10 wins in 2009-10 for this years seniors to become the winningest senior class in the history of the women’s basketball program. Last years seniors hold the current record with 79 victories.

ARDOSSI THE AUSSIE
Senior Brigitte Ardossi, if nothing else, has been extremely consistent over her three-plus seasons on the Flats. The Melbourne, Australia native has played in all 104 games since she came to Tech and has started 56 of them. As a junior, she averaged 7.7 points and 4.5 rebounds, while shooting a team-best 81.9 percent from the free-throw line.

This season, coach Joseph expects big things from her senior “enforcer”. She is putting up 11.0 points and 6.6 boards per game so far and has connected on 15-21 (.714) free-throw attempts in a career-high 27.4 minutes a game.

DEJA VU – FOSTER SHOWING IMPROVEMENT ON PREVIOUS SEASON
Just like 2008-09, junior Deja Foster has shown improvements on her previous season. Though her scoring average has not jumped eight point like the previous season, she has put up career-highs in points (10.0), rebounds (6.0) and assists (3.4) over the first seven games of the season. For her hard work, she was named MVP of the 2009 LIU Turkey Classic.

REBOUNDING WITH REGINS
Sophomore Chelsea Regins is known to be very active when she gets on the court and it showed when she grabbed a career-high 16 boards to go with her 11 points against Florida Gulf Coast. She did not only record her first career double-double, it was also the first time a Yellow Jackets has recorded 16 rebounds in a game since Sonja Mallory had 16 rebounds against Wake Forest on Jan. 31, 2003. She is pulling down 6.3 rebounds a game so far this season.

THE `MO’TER IS RUNNING
While junior Alex Montgomery was out with an injury, sophomore Mo Bennett filled in admirably for the All-ACC wing. Bennett has shown her ability to score (career-high 21 points vs. Winthrop) and the ability to rebound (career-high 13 rebounds vs. FGCU). She is scoring 8.9 a game and is grabbing 5.6 rebounds a game. She also has recorded14 steals in seven games.

HOME-COURT ADVANTAGE
Since Joseph began her tenure, Georgia Tech is 71-22 (.763) at Alexander Memorial Coliseum. Last season, Tech finished with a 13-2 mark on the Coliseum floor. Tech has won its first two games at home in 2009-10 and is scheduled to play 14 games during the season.

TECH ENTERS SEVENTH SEASON UNDER COACH JO
Coach MaChelle Joseph, who is entering her seventh season at Georgia Tech, has already recorded the second-most wins in Tech history. Joseph has registered a 111-78 (.587) record and is the fastest coach in school history to win 100. She has led Tech to its three straight 20-win seasons and three straight NCAA Tournaments, both firsts for the Yellow Jacket program. Joseph registered her 100th victory on Feb. 1, 2009 against Clemson.

MARCH TO WIN No. 500
The Georgia Tech women’s basketball program is 14 wins shy of the programs 500th all-time victory. Over the 35-plus seasons of women’s basketball on the Flats, Tech is 486-505 (.490) in 991 games. Since the 2000-01 season, Georgia Tech has won 160 games (33 percent of all wins).

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