Feb. 25, 2012
Georgia Tech (21-7, 11-4 ACC) will host the final home game for a remarkable group of five seniors when the Yellow Jackets take on the Clemson Lady Tigers (6-20, 2-13 ACC) in a 2 p.m. game at Forbes Arena on the Morehouse College campus in downtown Atlanta. Prior to the game, Georgia Tech will recognize the five seniors in annual Senior Day celebration. Doors will open at 1 and the game is free to all fans.
The Yellow Jacket seniors can tie the Georgia Tech record for most wins by a class with a victory over Clemson. Each of the last four classes to graduate from Tech have set the record, which currently stands at 91. The Jackets have already set a school record with 11 conference wins this year and the seniors own the Tech record for most league wins in a career with 36.
Georgia Tech has clinched one of the top four seeds in next week’s ACC Tournament and could earn the third seed with a win and a Maryland loss.
The Jackets beat the Lady Tigers 63-54 on January 29 in Clemson, powered by 17 points from sophomore Tyaunna Marshall. Senior Sasha Goodlett added her seventh double-double of the year with 13 points and 10 boards in the first meeting with Clemson.
Seniors Seek Wins Record: The 2011-12 Georgia Tech senior class has a chance to set the school record for wins by a single class over its four year career. Each of the last four classes to graduate from Tech has set the record, which currently stands at 91 by the 2011 class of Alex Montgomery and Deja Foster. Currently, the 2012 class is second with 90 wins and needs one more to tie the mark of 91.
The 2012 class set the Georgia Tech record for most ACC wins by a class with the 56-54 win at North Carolina. The 2012 class has 36 career ACC wins with one league game remaining.
Fan Appreciation Day: Georgia Tech will host Fan Appreciation Day on Sunday, Feb. 26, when the Jackets host the Clemson Lady Tigers in a 2 p.m. contest at Forbes Arena on the Morehouse College campus in downtown Atlanta. Georgia Tech will honor its 2012 senior class prior to the game and admission for all fans will be free.
Double Digit ACC Wins: With the win over Boston College, the Yellow Jackets set the school record for most ACC wins in a season with 10. Tech extended the record to 11 wins with a victory at Virginia Tech. The 2006-07 team was the first to record nine league wins and the 2010-11 team equaled the mark.
ACC Finish: Georgia Tech has never finished higher than sole possession of fourth place in the ACC standings, which the Jackets did in 2010. Currently, Tech is tied for third with Maryland. Tech hosts Clemson remaining (11th, 2-13 ACC) while the Terps go to NC State (9th, 4-9 ACC).
Sixth Sense: The win over Boston College secured Georgia Tech’s sixth consecutive 20-win season. The victory over the Eagles gave the Jackets nine 20-win seasons all-time with six coming under head coach MaChelle Joseph. The 1977-78 team won 23 games in the AIAW days. Joseph’s predecessor, Agnus Berenato, won at least 20 games in 1991-92 and 2002-03. The 1991-92 team finished the season as NWIT champions.
The Yellow Jackets are also in contention for their sixth straight NCAA Tournament berth. Should Tech play in this year’s NCAA Tournament, it would mark the eighth trip in school history, six of which have come under Joseph.
In The Rankings: Georgia Tech is ranked in both the Associated Press and USA Today/ESPN Coaches Poll for the first time this year. The Yellow Jackets moved up to 17th in this week’s AP poll and are 19th in the coaches poll. Seventeenth is the highest the Jackets have ever been ranked in the AP and only the third time Tech has cracked the top 20 (No. 19 – Preseason 2009-10; No. 19 – 2/15/10).
Georgia Tech has been ranked by the AP in 30 weeks all-time and 26 of those have come under Joseph. Tech has been ranked in the coaches poll 14 weeks. This week marks only the 12th time in which the Yellow Jackets have been ranked in both polls at the same time.
The Yellow Jackets own a 39-19 all-time record as a ranked team.