Feb. 27, 2010
ATLANTA – The 22nd-ranked Georgia Tech Women’s Basketball team (22-7, 8-5 ACC) will try for a program-best 23rd win when it travels to NC State (17-9, 5-7) Sunday afternoon. The Yellow Jackets and Wolfpack will meet on the Reynolds Coliseum hardwood beginning at 2 p.m.
Gameday CentralGame #30 Date: Sunday, February 28, 2010Opponent: NC State WolfpackTip-Off: 2:00 p.m. ETSite: Reynolds Coliseum (8,560)Radio: WREK 91.1 FM/www.WREK.orgTalent: Richard Musterer (pbp)Live Stats: www.RamblinWreck.com.com via Gametracker
GEORGIA TECH VS. NC STATE
NC State leads the all-time series, 39-18.
Georgia Tech has won three straight and seven of the last 10 meetings.
Tech won the last meeting in Raleigh on Jan. 17, 2008, 67-63.
The Yellow Jackets are 152-331 (.315) all-time against ACC opponents.
EVERYDAY IS TOUGH IN THE ACC
The Yellow Jackets, who finished the last year’s conference scheduled with an 8-6 record, are 8-5 in the ACC portion of their schedule in 2009-10. Tech will finish at .500 or better in the conference for the fourth straight year and only the sixth time ever. The Jackets are 32-23 (.582) over the last three-plus seasons against ACC teams during the regular season. The Yellow Jackets will next open play in the ACC Tournament next week.
20 IS THE MAGIC NUMBER
The Yellow Jackets have won at least 20 games in four straight seasons for the first time in school history. Tech has only topped 20 wins seven times in its history and six times since joining the ACC prior to the 1979-80 season. The school record for wins is 23 set in 1977-78 (prior to ACC membership). Since joining the ACC, Tech has topped out at 22 wins the last two seasons. With 22 wins in 2009-10, the Jackets have recorded the most regular season victories since joining the ACC.
MONTGOMERY IS NO. 23 TO GO FOR 1,000
Alex Montgomery, an All-ACC third team member a year ago, has become just the 23rd player in Yellow Jacket history to reach this milestone. Montgomery, who has scored 290 points this season, finished with 335 points her freshman season and added 410 as a sophomore. She registered her 1,000 point on a three-pointer from the corner with 11 seconds remaining against Florida State on Feb. 15, 2010 and now has 1,035 in her career. (GT All-Time 1,000 point Scorers List on page 7)
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 160 in her career, which is good for fifth all-time. She is shooting .348 (8th all-time) from three-point range for her career. Over the 24 games she has played this season, Montgomery has shot 56-167 (.335) from beyond the arc. Montgomery ranks fourth in the ACC in 3-pointers made this season with 2.3 per game. Her five three-point baskets vs. Wake Forest tied a career-high.
MONTGOMERY BACK AS SIXTH (WO)MAN
Junior Alex Montgomery, who rehabed a knee injury all summer, only missed seven total games from her injury. The All-ACC guard has played in 24 of the Jackets 29 games so far and has started nine of them. She is averaging 12.1 points in only 23.7 minutes per contest.
SENIOR CLASS WINNINGEST CLASS IN GEORGIA TECH HISTORY
The 2009-10 senior class, Brigitte Ardossi and Tiffany Blackmon, have been part of 87 wins in their three plus seasons on the Flats, which is the all-time class record. The Jackets seniors have topped last year’s senior class, who had 79 wins between them, to become the winningest senior class in the history of the women’s basketball program.
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 126 games since she came to Tech, a new program record, and has started 78 of them. She is eighth all-time in Tech history in field-goal percentage by shooting .485 (335-691) from the field.
This season, coach Joseph is seeing a big return from her senior “enforcer”. She is putting up 15.8 points and 7.4 boards per game (18.9 points and 8.4 rebounds in ACC games) and has connected on 135-162 (.833) free-throw attempts, which currently leads the ACC, in a career-high 31.3 minutes a game. Ardossi has scored in double figures in 22 straight games and 27 of the Yellow Jackets 29 contests this season. She has also recorded five double-doubles on the year, including her 29 point, 17 rebound outburst in the Jackets 80-73 overtime victory over Miami on Jan. 27, 2010.
After leading the Yellow Jackets to pair of ACC victories, Ardossi was named the ACC Player of the Week for the first time in her career on Feb. 1, 2010.
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 (3.5) over 29 games of the season. Foster has notched three double-doubles this season and grabbed a career-best 14 rebounds in win over Army.
Foster has played so well this season, she is currently one of only two players (Shenise Johnson, Miami) in the ACC to rank in the top 30 of scoring, top 20 of rebounding and top 10 of assists.
Sophomore center Sasha Goodlett continues to grow into one of the best bigs in Georgia Tech history. Goodlett has scored in double-figures 12 times in 2009-10, including a career-high 21 points at Oklahoma State. In ACC play, Goodlett is averaging 11.2 points a game and is shooting .468 (58-124) in those contests. She notched her second career double-double in the overtime win over Miami.
94 FEET WITH THE JACKETS
Over the past two seasons, Georgia Tech has led the NCAA in steals per game. This has to be credited to Coach Joseph’s pressing defense. Joseph will press for 40 minutes with numerous pressing schemes to keep the offense offbalance. Joseph wants her team to “be an impressive running defensive team that creates opportunities for the offense.” The team has totaled 890 steals the past two years, good for 13.9 per game. Under Coach Joseph, the Yellow Jackets have registered the three top seasons for steals in school history.
The Yellow Jackets have continued to be aggressive 2009-10 with 321 steals (11.1 spg) in 29 games.
TURNING TURNOVERS INTO POINTS
The Yellow Jackets not only take the ball away from their opponents, they also put the ball in the basket after those turnovers. Through 29 games, Georgia Tech has scored 593 points off turnovers (20.5 per game) this season.
Since Joseph began her tenure, Georgia Tech is 81-24 (.771) at Alexander Memorial Coliseum. Last season, Tech finished with a 13-2 mark on the Coliseum floor. Tech won its first 11 games at home in 2009-10 and finished its home slate with a 12-2 (.857) record on the season in the Thrillerdome.
NOT BAD ON THE ROAD EITHER
The Yellow Jackets are a program best 8-5 on the road in 2009-10. The record does not stand out next to the team’s home mark but it is only the third time in school history that the Jackets have won at least seven road games in a season (1999-00 and 2007-08) and only the fourth time that the team will finish with a road record above .500.
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 128-83 (.607) 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.
500 DOWN, NOW ON TO THE NEXT 500
The Georgia Tech women’s basketball program earned its 500th all-time victory when it defeated the Maryland Terrapins, 61-60, on Feb. 5, 2010 in College Park, Md. Over the 35-plus seasons of women’s basketball on the Flats, Tech is 503-510 (.497) in 1,013 games. Since the 2000-01 season, Georgia Tech has won 177 games (35.2 percent of all wins).