Women's Hoops Opens Up Season With Coppin State

Nov. 7, 2013

Georgia Tech vs. Coppin State (Game One)
Date & Time Friday, Nov. 8 | 5 p.m.
Location Atlanta, Ga. | McCamish Pavilion
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The Georgia Tech women’s basketball team opens up the 2013-14 season when it hosts Coppin State on Friday at 5 p.m.

The Yellow Jackets will begin their 11th season under head coach MaChelle Joseph against the Eagles on Friday night. Live stats will be available on GameTracker and fans that can’t make it to the Flats can listen on WREK 91.1 FM.

Georgia Tech will be led by senior Tyaunna Marshall, a 2013 honorable mention All-American and first team All-ACC selection. The Upper Marlboro, Md., native led Tech with 18.1 points and 8.4 rebounds per game last season and was the only player in the ACC to rank in the conference’s top 10 in scoring, rebounding and steals. Marshall is one of six Yellow Jackets returning who started at least 10 games last year and one of nine letterwinners coming back to the Flats. Marshall will be joined by freshman Kaela Davis, a high-school All-American, who was named to the ACC Newcomer’s watch list by both the coaches and the media.

The Particulars
Since Friday’s game is a double-header with the men’s basketball team, a ticket must be purchased for the men’s game in order to gain admission to the women’s game, with prices starting at $10. Women’s basketball fans can park in the ER66 Lot (Family Housing) located off of 10th street for free for Friday’s game.

Both single-game tickets and season tickets for women’s basketball can be purchased online at RamblinWreck.com, by phone 888-TECH-TIX or by visiting the ticket office at 150 Bobby Dodd Way. This season, every Sunday will be Kids Day with children admitted free of charge. Georgia Tech students are admitted free to all home games with their BuzzCard.

Please be aware that all bags will be searched upon entry into McCamish Pavilion. NO backpacks are allowed. NO bags larger than 14 by 10 by 5 inches will be permitted into McCamish Pavilion. For more information on permitted and prohibited items, click here.

Coach Heppler on the Bench
For Friday night’s game, the Yellow Jackets will have a special guest coach: men’s golf coach Bruce Heppler. Heppler has guided the Yellow Jackets to the NCAA Championship every year since 1998, and helped author 10 top-8 finishes in the Finals, including three runner-up showings. During his tenure, Tech has won or shared nine Atlantic Coast Conference titles. The Yellow Jackets have captured or shared 39 team titles overall.

Coach Heppler was named ACC Coach of the Year in 2012 for the seventh time, more than any coach in ACC history except one. He will be inducted into the Golf Coaches Association Hall of Fame on Saturday.

A win would …
– Make Tech 29-11 all-time on opening day
– Give Coach Joseph a 10-1 record for season openers and an 8-1 record in home openers
– Be the first home opener that the Yellow Jackets have won in McCamish
– Be the 194th win of Coach Joseph’s career, putting her six wins shy of becoming only the second Yellow Jacket coach to reach the 200 milestone

Scouting Coppin State
This will be the first time the Eagles and Yellow Jackets will face off since a 100-42 Tech win on Jan. 15, 1992. The Coppin State Eagles were selected to finish third in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Preseason Poll and seniors Kyra Coleman and Larrisa Carter were each named to the Preseason All-MEAC team.

Coppin State finished the 2012-13 season with a 16-16 overall record and a 10-6 mark in league play. The Eagles advanced to the conference tournament semifinals for the third consecutive year before losing to Hampton.

Coleman earned a spot on the preseason All-MEAC first team after averaging 11.4 points and 5.5 rebounds per game. Carter was named to the preseason third team after posting 8.3 points and 6.8 rebounds per game last season.

Tech Picked Fifth
Georgia Tech was picked to finish fifth in both the ACC media and coaches polls. In the media poll, the Yellow Jackets were predicted to finish fifth, tied with Florida State. The Yellow Jackets were also picked to finish fifth in 2011-12, the same year they advanced to the ACC Championship game and made it to the Sweet 16.

Season Openers
Georgia Tech is 28-11 (.718) all-time on opening day. The Yellow Jackets are 21-5 since 1978-79 when opening the season at home. In head coach MaChelle Joseph’s 10 years, Tech is 9-1 in season openers and 7-1 in openers at home. The Yellow Jackets are 0-1 in season openers at McCamish Pavilion after falling to #20/16 Tennessee last season. This is the eighth straight season that the Jackets have opened up the season at home.

Preseason Polls
In both the AP Top-25 and the USA Today Coaches Poll, the Yellow Jackets are receiving votes. Six ACC teams are featured in the AP Preseason Top 25: Duke (2), Notre Dame (6), Maryland (8), UNC (12), Georgia Tech (RV) and Florida State (2). In the USA Today poll, seven ACC teams are featured: Duke (2), Maryland (6), Notre Dame (7), UNC (11), Georgia Tech (RV), Florida State (RV) and Syracuse (RV).

Last Time Out – Clayton State
The Yellow Jackets faced Clayton State in an exhibition game on Oct. 27 and recorded a 92-68 victory in which four Jackets scored in double figures. Junior Sydney Wallace led the Yellow Jackets on offense, scoring 20 points and making three 3-pointers. Wallace also led Tech in assists, dishing out six helpers.

Freshman Kaela Davis was also explosive on offense, scoring 16 points against the Lakers. Both sophomores Roddreka Rogers and Aaliyah Whiteside scored 10 points each, while Rogers led the Jackets on the glass, grabbing nine rebounds. The Jackets used a tight defense to force the Lakers to turn the ball over 23 times. Tech scored 24 points off turnovers.

Unfamiliar Foes
Georgia Tech will face 16 teams this season that it has played fewer than five times previously. They are Coppin State (1), Tennessee (4), Southern Utah (1), LIU Brooklyn (3), Illinois (1), Portland State (1), Oklahoma State (1), Alabama State (2), Hampton (1), Syracuse (1), Pittsburgh (1) and Notre Dame (1). Included in those 16 opponents are four foes that the Yellow Jackets will be facing for the first time in history – McNeese State (0), Alabama A&M (0), UTEP (0), Brown (0),

Preseason Honor Roll
While at the 2013 Women’s Basketball ACC Media Day, both Tyaunna Marshall and Kaela Davis picked up preseason honors. Marshall was named to the Preseason All-ACC Team by both the media and coaches. Davis was honored on the Newcomers Watch List by both the media and coaches.

Preseason Favorite
Senior Tyaunna Marshall has been featured on three preseason lists in the offseason. Along with being named to the Preseason All-ACC Team, the Upper Marlboro, Md., native was named to the 2013 Wade Watch List, as well as the 2013 Wooden Award Preseason Top-30. T

The Wade Trophy is presented annually to the NCAA Division I Player of the Year by the National Association of Girls and Women in Sport (NAGWS) and the WBCA. The Woodard Award preseason list is comprised of 30 student-athletes who, based on last year’s individual performance and team records, are the early front-runners for college basketball’s most prestigious honor.

Record Book Watch
Tyaunna Marshall enters her senior season with 1,520 career points which ranks eighth on Georgia Tech’s all-time list. Kisha Ford (1994-97) holds the record with 1,955 points. Marshall is one of just five Yellow Jackets all-time with at least 1,500 career points and 600 career rebounds.

Next Up
The Yellow Jackets host Western Carolina this Sunday at 2 p.m. at McCamish Pavilion.

For an inside look at the program, follow Georgia Tech women’s basketball on Twitter, @GTWBB, Instagram, GTWBB, and like the Yellow Jackets on Facebook, GTWomensBasketball. –RamblinWreck.com–

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