Nov. 13, 2010
ATLANTA –The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets’ women’s basketball team will make its first road trip of the 2010-11 season when it travels to Norfolk, Va., to face the Old Dominion Lady Monarchs in an afternoon matinee Nov. 14 at the Ted Constant Convocation Center. The Jackets enter the contest coming off a 66-56 win over city foe Georgia State at home on Nov. 12, while this will be the season opener for ODU.
The Jackets and Lady Monarchs have faced off in two previous contests, both coming under current Tech head coach MaChelle Joseph, with each side claiming a win on its home floor.
After posting a program-best 8-6 road record in 2009-10, the Jackets will look to veteran leadership as a calming influence in a hostile environment. Of the five probable starters, four are upperclassmen – senior Alex Montgomery and juniors LaQuananisha Adams, Sasha Goodlett and Metra Walthour.
The Lady Monarchs won the CAA regular-season title in 2010 and advanced to the CAA Tournament title game. As the Jackets continue the rapid start to the new season, playing five games in 10 days, the contest with ODU will certainly provide a measuring stick and stiff test. The Lady Monarchs return four starters from last year’s squad that posted a 9-6 mark on its home court.
WELCOME TO THE SHOW
Freshman Tyaunna Marshall made her collegiate debut in impressive fashion against Georgia State. The Upper Marlboro, Md., native made her first career start in her first career game and scored a game-high 18 points on 8-of-15 shooting. In 24 minutes of action, Marshall also hauled in four rebounds, dished out two assists, grabbed two steals and added Tech’s only block for good measure, while not committing a turnover.
It is the highest scoring game by a freshman in her first collegiate game during Joseph’s tenure at Tech. The previous high came from Jill Ingram who tallied 13 points on 4-of-10 shooting against Georgia State on Nov. 19, 2004.
STAT SHEET STUFFER
In the season-opener against Georgia State, senior Alex Montgomery tossed in 13 points and narrowly missed a double-double with nine rebounds, seven of which came on the defensive glass. She also led the Jackets with six assists and five steals.
STEADY AS IT GOES
Senior Alex Montgomery has played in 90 career games during her tenure on the Flats and has tallied 61 career double digit scoring games. The Tacoma, Wash., native has 1,091 total points, good for a 12.1 ppg average.
Junior point guard Metra Walthour tallied her second career double figure scoring contest with a perfect 6-of-6 shooting night against Georgia State. Walthour was 1-of-1 from three-point range and 2-of-2 from the charity stripe as she finished with 15 points. Her only previous double digit game also came against the Panthers. In the Dec. 22, 2009, matchup at GSU, Walthour struggled from the field, going 2-of-8, but converted all six of her free throw attempts and finished with 10 points.