Yellow Jackets Continue Five-Game Swing Wednesday Night Against Oregon

Dec. 15, 2009

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ATLANTA – The Georgia Tech Women’s Basketball team (6-2) continues its five games in nine days swing Wednesday when it hosts Oregon (8-1). Tip-off for the first game of a men’s and women’s basketball doubleheader at Alexander Memorial Coliseum in the Henry F. McCamish Basketball Complex is slated for 6 p.m.

Gameday CentralGame #9 Date:   Wednesday, December 16, 2009Opponent:       Oregon DucksSite:           Alexander Memorial Coliseum (9,191)Tip-Off:        6:00 p.m. ETRadio:          WREK 91.1 FM/www.WREK.orgTalent:         Richard Musterer (pbp) and Kurt Hoyt (analyst)Live Stats:     www.RamblinWreck.com

TOYS FOR TOTS
The Georgia Tech Student-Athlete Advisory Board are in the midst of the ninth-annual Michael Isenhour Toy Drive. Student-athletes will be on hand Wednesday evening to collect new, unwrapped toys from fans as they enter Alexander Memorial Coliseum.

PARKING FOR WEDNESDAY’S GAME
Georgia Tech women’s basketball fans attending Wednesday’s game will be unable to park in the Alexander Memorial Coliseum lot. Due to the parking restrictions for the men’s game, women’s basketball fans should utilize Peter’s Parking Deck anytime after 5:00 p.m.

TECH VS. OREGON
• Georgia Tech leads the all-time series 1-0 over the Ducks.
• Tech defeated Oregon 74-59 on Dec. 13, 2008 in the Rose Garden in Portland, Ore.
• The Yellow Jackets are 2-1 all-time against PAC-10 opponents.
• Tech will face two teams from the PAC-10 this week. It hosts Arizona on Sunday, Dec. 20.
• The Jackets are 9-6 all-time against opponents that play in the Pacific Time Zone.
• The game will feature the nation’s No. 2 rated offense (89.6) in Oregon against the Yellow Jackets 11th-ranked defense (51.5).

NINE DAYS OF DECEMBER
Head Coach MaChelle Joseph has never been shy at scheduling tough opponents but this year she has also scheduled one of the toughest stretches of basketball. Her Yellow Jackets are in the midst of five games in nine days beginning with the Mississippi Valley State game last Sunday. The Jackets will host Oregon on Wed., Dec. 16, travel to Kennesaw State on Fri., Dec. 18, return home for a game against Arizona on Sun., Dec. 20 and then head across town for a game at Georgia State on Tue., Dec. 22. Tech will have earned its small six-day break for the Christmas holiday. Tech will then return to the road to travel to Miami for the FIU Holiday Tournament from Dec. 28-29.

TAYLOR HONORED BY ACC
Freshman Sharena Taylor was recognized for her great game against Mississippi Valley State by being named the ACC Rookie of the Week for the week ending on Dec. 13. Taylor finished with season-highs in points (12) and assists (7) in 26 minutes off the bench. It is her first career ACC weekly honor.

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 114 in her career, which is good for sixth all-time. She is shooting .353 (8th all-time) from three-point range for her career. In her first four games this season, Montgomery has shot 10-28 (.357) from beyond the arc.

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 104 games since she came to Tech and has started 56 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 11.1 points and 6.1 boards per game so far and has connected on 19-25 (.760) free-throw attempts in a career-high 26.5 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 (6.0) and assists (3.8) over the first eight games of the season. For her hard work, she was named MVP of the 2009 LIU Turkey Classic.

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 5.8 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 9.1 a game and is grabbing 5.4 rebounds a game. She also has recorded 15 steals in eight games.

HOME-COURT ADVANTAGE
Since Joseph began her tenure, Georgia Tech is 72-22 (.766) at Alexander Memorial Coliseum. Last season, Tech finished with a 13-2 mark on the Coliseum floor. Tech has won its first two 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 112-78 (.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.

MARCH TO WIN No. 500
The Georgia Tech women’s basketball program is 13 wins shy of the programs 500th all-time victory. Over the 35-plus seasons of women’s basketball on the Flats, Tech is 487-505 (.491) in 992 games. Since the 2000-01 season, Georgia Tech has won 161 games (33 percent of all wins).

YELLOW JACKETS IN THE RANKINGS
Georgia Tech is ranked 25th in this week’s Associated Press poll.

Tech was ranked 19th in the preseason Associated Press poll, which the ninth week in the last three years the Jackets have been ranked under head coach MaChelle Joseph. The program has only been ranked for 14 weeks in its entire history. This also marks the first time a Yellow Jacket team has been ranked in a preseason poll.

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