No. 24 Yellow Jackets Open New Year Against Army Saturday

Jan. 1, 2010

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ATLANTA – The 24th-ranked Georgia Tech Women’s Basketball team (12-2) will play its first game of the New Year when it hosts Army (6-6) Saturday, Jan. 2. Tip-off at the Alexander Memorial Coliseum in the Henry F. McCamish Basketball Complex is scheduled for 2 p.m.

Gameday CentralGame #15 Date:  Saturday, January 2, 2010Opponent:       Army Black KnightsTip-Off:        2:00 p.m. ETSite:           Alexander Memorial Coliseum (9,191)Radio:          WREK 91.1 FM/www.WREK.orgTalent:         Richard Musterer (pbp) and Kurt Hoyt (analyst)Live Stats:     www.RamblinWreck.comTickets:        $7 adults, $5 children, seniors

TECH VS. ARMY
• Georgia Tech is 2-0 all-time against Army with the last meeting coming in 1994.
• The Yellow Jackets are 5-0 against teams in the Patriot league.
• Black Knight freshman Liz Benedict hails from Cumming, Ga.
• Tech is 2-1 when playing on Jan. 2 under head coach MaChelle Joseph.
• With a win, Tech will match its best start under Joseph (13-2 in 2007-08).

NEXT UP: ACC PLAY
The Yellow Jackets will open Atlantic Coast Conference play next Wednesday, Jan. 6 at No. 7/7 North Carolina. Tip-off at renovated Carmichael Auditorium is slated for 7 p.m. Georgia Tech and the Tar Heels split last season’s two meetings.

DECEMBER IS A TIME OF WINNING
Head Coach MaChelle Joseph has never been shy at scheduling tough opponents but this year she has also scheduled one of the toughest months of basketball for her team. Her Yellow Jackets finished the month 8-1 including wins over Penn State, Oregon and Penn State. Tech closed out the month by winning the 2009 FIU Sun & Fun Classic with wins in consecutive days over Hampton and Florida International.

COUNTDOWN TO 1,000
Alex Montgomery, an All-ACC third team member a year ago, is only 147 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 128 in her career, which is good for sixth all-time. She is shooting .363 (8th all-time) from three-point range for her career. In her first six games this season, Montgomery has shot 24-58 (.414) from beyond the arc.

SENIOR CLASS LOOKING FOR MORE WINS
The 2009-10 senior class, Brigitte Ardossi and Tiffany Blackmon, have been part of 77 wins in their three seasons on the Flats, which is good for second all-time. The Jackets need three more 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 111 games since she came to Tech and has started 63 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 13.4 points and 6.5 boards per game so far and has connected on 38-47 (.809) free-throw attempts in a career-high 27.5 minutes a game. Over the last six games, Ardossi has shot 68.9 percent from the field (40-58). She also recored her second career double-double (17 pts, 11 reb) in win at Georgia State.

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 (6.1) and assists (3.5) over the first 14 games of the season. Foster notched her second career double-double (21 pts, 11 reb) in Tech’s 87-69 win over Oregon.

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 4.9 rebounds a game so far this season. Regins is also scoring 5.1 points a contest for Tech.

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). Bennett put it all together in a win at Kennesaw State with her first career double-double (23 pts, 11 reb). She is scoring 9.4 a game and is grabbing 5.3 rebounds a game. She also has recorded 26 steals in 14 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 have started 2009-10 with 153 steals (10.9 pg) in the first 14 games.

HOME-COURT ADVANTAGE
Since Joseph began her tenure, Georgia Tech is 74-22 (.771) at Alexander Memorial Coliseum. Last season, Tech finished with a 13-2 mark on the Coliseum floor. Tech has won its first five games at home in 2009-10 and is scheduled to play 14 games during the season.

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 118-78 (.602) 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.

MARCH TO WIN No. 500
The Georgia Tech women’s basketball program is nine wins shy of the programs 500th all-time victory. Over the 35-plus seasons of women’s basketball on the Flats, Tech is 493-505 (.494) in 998 games. Since the 2000-01 season, Georgia Tech has won 167 games (34 percent of all wins).

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