Jackets Head to Minneapolis to Kick Off NCAA Tournament

March 15, 2007

Atlanta – The Yellow Jackets depart at 3:30 Thursday for Minneapolis where they will make the third Women’s NCAA Tournament appearance in school history. Georgia Tech, which earned a No. 7 seed, will face tenth-seeded DePaul at 8:00 p.m. ET Saturday at the Williams Arena on the Campus of the University of Minnesota.

Saturday’s game will be televised by ESPN2 with Bob Picozzi and Brenda VanLengen calling all the action throughout the State of Georgia and in Chicago, Ill. The game will also air nationally on ESPNU, making this the Jackets first nationally televised game of the season. Radio coverage for Saturday’s game is provided by the Georgia Tech-ISP Sports Network and heard locally on WREK-FM (91.1 FM) and online at www.WREK.org with Richard Musterer calling the game and Kurt Hoyt offering color analysis.

The winner of Saturday’s first-round test will face the winner of No. 2 seed Purdue and No. 15 seed Oral Roberts. The Jackets have never faced either team.

DePaul closed out the regular season with a 19-12 overall record and finished 8-8 in Big East play, landing them 10th in the conference standings.

The Blue Demons are 4-8 all-time when facing Atlantic Coast Conference teams and, are winless against Maryland, North Carolina, NC State and Virginia. Tech defeated three of those teams this season.

DePaul is making its 12th NCAA Tournament appearance and fifth in a row. Saturday’s game will be the first-ever meeting between Georgia Tech and DePaul and Tech’s only test against a Big East team this season.

The Jackets are 5-10 all time vs. Big East teams having faced six current members of the conference.

Georgia Tech’s 20-11 overall mark is the first winning record for fourth-year head coach MaChelle Joseph and is the best regular season finish since 2003 when the Jackets went 20-11 and received their last NCAA Tournament bid.

In 2003, the Jackets, led by former head coach Agnus Berenato, were ousted in the first round of the Tournament by Virginia Tech. Georgia Tech’s first NCAA Tournament appearance was 10 years earlier where they also fell in the opening round.

This season’s 9-5 ACC finish marks the first time in program history Tech has finished with a winning conference record and, is only the third 20-win season on record. Tech has never finished better than 20 wins.

The Jackets were led this season by senior guard Stephanie Higgs with 15.5 points per game and top rebounder and Co-captain Janie Mitchell, who averages 6.8 RPG and 14.5 PPG. Fellow Co-captain and shooting guard Chioma Nnamaka is third on the team in scoring with 13.0 PPG, sinking 76 from beyond the arc this season.

Tech’s other starting guard, sophomore Jacqua Williams, leads the team with 85 steals this season, which is third-best in the ACC.

Tickets to Georgia Tech NCAA Tournament games can be purchased through the Georgia Tech ticket office by calling 888-TECH-TIX.

Fans interested in traveling to Minneapolis to support the Yellow Jackets are encouraged to visit www.DetlaVacations.com for last minute deals on travel and accommodations.

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