Dec. 4, 2009
ATLANTA – The 23rd-ranked Georgia Tech Women’s Basketball team (5-1) will conclude its four-game road trip when it travels to in-state rival No. 13/16 Georgia (7-0) Sunday afternoon. The game will televised on Comcast Sport South and is scheduled to tip at 2:37 p.m.
Gameday CentralGame #7 Date: Sunday, December 6, 2009Opponent: #13/16 Georgia Lady BulldogsSite: Stegman Coliseum (10,523)Tip-Off: 2:37 p.m. ETTV: CSSTalent: Matt Stewart (pbp) and Joe Ciampi (analyst)Producer: Colleen SullivanRadio: WREK 91.1 FM/www.WREK.orgTalent: Richard Musterer (pbp) and LaChina Robinson (analyst)Live Stats: www.RamblinWreck.com
TECH VS. GEORGIA
Georgia Tech and Georgia will meet for the 32nd time Sunday with UGA leading the series 28-3.
Tech has won three of the last seven meetings including last year’s game, a 57-42 win in Atlanta.
The Yellow Jackets are 7-48 all-time against teams from the Southeastern Conference.
This marks the first time Tech and the Lady Bulldogs will meet when both teams are nationally ranked.
Twelve players from the state of Georgia are listed on the two teams current rosters (5-GT, 7-UGA).
TECH AGAINST IN-STATE OPPONENTS
Georgia Tech finished the 2008-09 season with a perfect record (4-0) against teams from Georgia. Tech defeated Georgia, Georgia State, Kennesaw State and Savannah State. The Jackets will look to repeat this feat in 2009-10 and will start with this game against UGA. Tech will face KSU on Dec. 18, GSU on Dec. 22 and SSU on Jan. 21.
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 112 in her career, which is good for sixth all-time. She is shooting .357 (7th all-time) from three-point range for her career. In her first three games this season, Montgomery has shot 8-19 (.421) 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 103 games since she came to Tech and has started 55 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 11.5 points and 6.2 boards per game so far and has connected on 13-18 (.722) free-throw attempts in a career-high 26.2 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 (10.3), rebounds (5.3) and assists (3.3) over the first six games of the season. For her hard work, she was named MVP of the 2009 LIU Turkey Classic.
FOSTER, ARDOSSI RECOGNIZED IN BROOKLYN
Junior Deja Foster, who led the Jackets with 12 points, five rebounds and five assists in a win over LIU, was named the 2009 LIU Turkey Classic Most Valuable Player. Senior Brigitte Ardossi was named to the LIU Turkey Classic All-Tournament team.
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 6.5 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 9.0 a game and is grabbing 5.5 rebounds a game. She also has recorded a team-high 12 steals in six games.
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.
The Yellow Jackets started 2009-10 with 56 steals (9.3 pg) in the first six games.
SIX-FEET OVER GROUND
Two seasons ago, head coach MaChelle Joseph called her squad “the best six-feet and under team in the country.” Today she lists 10 players on the 13-player roster at 6-0 or taller, including five players that are 6-3 or taller. Though tall, the players are also very athletic and quick.
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 111-77 (.590) 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.