March 16, 2011
ATLANTA – Georgia Tech senior Alex Montgomery added a pair of women’s collegiate basketball honors to her resume on Wednesday just three days before she leads the Yellow Jackets into the 2011 NCAA Tournament as a No. 5 seed, the highest in school history.
Montgomery was named the State of Georgia Women’s College Basketball Player of the Year presented by the Atlanta Tipoff Club, and was named WBCA All-Region 2 and a regional nominee for the 2011 State Farm Coaches’ All-America Team presented by the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA).
Montgomery has led the Jackets in scoring nearly the entire season, averaging 14.1 points per game and 8.5 rebounds per contest, and finished eighth in the ACC in steals
“We are extremely excited for Alex to earn these two honors,” head coach MaChelle Joseph said. “Our program has come a long way in a short period of time and she has had a tremendous impact on our growth. To be named the best women’s player in the state and one of the best in the region are two of the highest awards in women’s basketball. It is an outstanding honor for our team and program for Alex to receive this type of recognition.”
Montgomery, a Tacoma, Wash., native led the Yellow Jackets to a 23-10 record, tying the single season school record for wins and a 9-5 mark in ACC play, which tied Tech’s most conference victories in a season. She was also named to the All-ACC Second Team and to the ACC All-Defensive Team.
Montgomery, along with the other three Atlanta Tipoff Club award winners, will be recognized at the Atlanta Tipoff Club’s Naismith Awards Banquet presented by AT&T March 21 at the Georgia International Convention Center in College Park, Ga.
From the list of All-Region nominees, the WBCA/State Farm All-America Team selection committee will narrow the current list of 52 to 40 finalists for the All-America team, which will be announced on Monday, March 21. From there, the 2011 State Farm Coaches’ All-America Team will be announced at 9 a.m. on Saturday, April 2 in Indianapolis, Ind., during the WBCA National Convention in conjunction with the NCAA Women’s Final Four.
The Yellow Jackets will begin the NCAA Tournament on Saturday at 11:20 a.m. as the fifth seed in the Dayton Region of this year’s NCAA Tournament. Georgia Tech will face the 12th seeded Bowling Green Falcons in Columbus, Ohio, with ESPN2 broadcasting the game and ESPN3.com carrying the game online.
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