Sept. 15, 2016
THE FLATS – Georgia Tech women’s basketball will face 17 postseason participants from 2015-16 as head coach MaChelle Joseph released the 2016-17 schedule today. Additionally, the Yellow Jackets will host 16 opponents in McCamish Pavilion this upcoming season.
“I am very excited for our players and fans about the competitiveness of this schedule,” said Joseph. “We intentionally upgraded the non-conference schedule, which includes nine teams that made postseason play last year. We look forward to hosting Michigan at home in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge and our in-state rival, Georgia.
“This is a very exciting time in our program, and I look forward to our fans having the opportunity to see our team compete with the best teams in the country in the best conference in the nation in the ACC.”
Tech opens the 2016-17 slate by welcoming Samford on Friday, Nov. 11 to McCamish Pavilion. The game will be part of a season-opening double-header with the men’s basketball team. Game times will be announced at a later date.
The Yellow Jackets will face their first postseason opponent next as Alabama State visits Atlanta on Nov. 13. Following a quick trip to Kennesaw State on Nov. 16, Tech returns home to welcome in-state rival Georgia on Nov. 20 at 2 p.m.
A Thanksgiving tournament follows for the Yellow Jackets as Tech heads to the Bahamas for the 14th Annual Junkanoo Jam, Nov. 25-26. In Freeport, Tech will open the tournament against Dayton on Friday and will face either Missouri or Creighton on Saturday.
A four-game homestand awaits the Yellow Jackets when they return from the Bahamas. The homestand kicks off with the ACC/Big Ten Challenge on Dec. 1 against Michigan. Georgia State (Dec. 3), Mercer (Dec. 7) and Appalachian State (Dec. 11) will also visit McCamish Pavilion during the home stretch.
Two of the final three non-conference tilts will occur on the road as Tech visits 2016 WNIT participant Alabama on Dec. 17, followed by a trip to Conference USA champion Middle Tennessee State on Dec. 22. The non-conference schedule concludes with Tech hosting Princeton on Dec. 29.
Georgia Tech will play three of its first four 2016-17 Atlantic Coast Conference games in McCamish Pavilion as the Yellow Jackets open the conference season on Jan. 2, welcoming defending ACC champion Notre Dame at 7 p.m. After defeating Syracuse in the ACC title game, the Fighting Irish made a NCAA Tournament run to the Sweet 16 last season.
Tech continues ACC play hosting Duke on Jan. 5, before making a trip to Boston College on Jan. 12. Following the trip to Boston, the Yellow Jackets return home on Jan. 15 to host the 2016 NCAA runner-up, Syracuse, at 1 p.m. on the Regional Sports Network (RSN).
A two-game road trip begins on Jan. 18 with Tech making stops at Louisville and Wake Forest (Jan. 22). Both the Cardinals and Demon Deacons reached postseason play last season; Louisville fell in the second round of the NCAA Tournament and Wake Forest participated in the WNIT.
Tech makes a quick one-game stop back in Atlanta on Jan. 26 to host Sweet 16 participant Florida State before hitting the road for a pair of matchups at Clemson (Jan. 29) and at WNIT participant Virginia (Feb. 2). Tech’s matchup at Virginia will be broadcast on the Regional Sports Network at 7 p.m. Virginia Tech visits McCamish Pavilion on Feb. 5 before N.C. State makes a trip to Atlanta on Feb. 9.
The Yellow Jackets make a return trip to Notre Dame on Feb. 12 that will be broadcast on RSN at 1 p.m. and cap off the two-game road swing at North Carolina on Feb. 16 on the ACC Network Extra at 7 p.m.
Georgia Tech will play two of its final three regular-season games in McCamish Pavilion beginning with Pittsburgh on Feb. 19. The game will be televised on ACC Network Extra with a 2 p.m. tipoff. Clemson will round out the regular season home schedule on Feb. 23 before the Yellow Jackets visit Miami on Feb. 26 for its final ACC regular season contest, which will be televised on RSN at 1 p.m.
Dates and location for the 2017 ACC Women’s Basketball Tournament will be announced at a later date.
-Tech will face 17 opponents that reached postseason play last season. Those opponents will include nine or ten NCAA participants and seven or eight WNIT participants, depending on Tech’s second game in the Junkanoo Jam.
-Of the 9/10 NCAA teams, five won at least one game in the tournament: Missouri and Louisville reached the second round, Notre Dame and Florida State made the Sweet 16 and Syracuse was the National runner-up.
-In non-conference play, Tech will face two defending conference champions as Alabama State won the SWAC Championship and Middle Tennessee State captured the C-USA Championship.
-Georgia Tech will face Michigan for the first time in program history on Dec. 1. The Yellow Jackets are 6-3 all-time in the ACC/Big Ten challenge.
-Tech is one of eight teams that will be participating in the 14th Annual Junkanoo Jam in Freeport, Bahamas. Filling out the field will be Creighton, Dayton, Georgia, Minnesota, Missouri, South Florida and North Carolina in addition to the Yellow Jackets.
-While this will mark Tech’s first appearance in the Junkanoo Jam, it is not Tech’s first trip to the Bahamas. In 2011, Tech participated in the Bahamas Sunshine Shootout and in 2008, the Yellow Jackets took part in the Bahamas SunSplash Shootout – both occurred in Nassau. With 2-0 records in both tournaments, Tech is 4-0 when competing in the Bahamas.