Yellow Jackets Open ACC Play At NC State

Jan. 1, 2012

Georgia Tech Game Notes

NC State Game Notes

The Georgia Tech women’s basketball team (10-3) will open the 2012 calendar year and Atlantic Coast Conference play with a road trip to Raleigh, N.C., to take on the NC State Wolfpack (10-3), Monday, Jan. 2, at 7 p.m. in Reynolds Coliseum. Georgia Tech will be seeking its second straight win over the Pack and its fifth in the last six meetings.

Monday’s game will be the first conference game for the both the Yellow Jackets and Wolfpack who are currently tied for fifth in the ACC based on overall records.

Tech finished non-conference play with a 74-57 win over North Carolina A&T December 29 at home, while NC State wrapped up its non-conference slate with three wins in three days at the Rainbow Wahine Invitational in Honolulu. The Pack’s 84-54 win over host Hawai’i was its fourth straight win and sixth in its last seven games.

Yellow Jacket senior center Sasha Goodlett scored 23 points for the second straight game in the Dec. 29 outing vs. North Carolina A&T, and sophomore Tyaunna Marshall tossed in 20 points. Goodlett tied her season high of 12 rebounds for her second double-double of the year.

Last Time Out vs. NC State – Feb. 13, 2011, GT 74, NCSU 65
ATLANTA – Prior to Sunday night’s Georgia Tech women’s basketball game against NC State, head coach MaChelle Joseph shook up her starting lineup.

The results paid off as the Jackets claimed a 74-65 win over visiting NC State at Alexander Memorial Coliseum to snap a three-game losing streak.

Alex Montgomery came off the bench for the first time all season to lead the Jackets with her ninth double-double of the year with 26 points and 12 rebounds.

Ty Marshall tossed in 12 points, while Deja Foster added 12 points and nine rebounds. Sasha Goodlett also came off the bench, only the second time this season Goodlett hasn’t started, and added eight points and 10 boards.

The Jackets started off slow and NC State raced out to an 8-0 lead on a Marissa Kastanek bucket in the paint before the first media timeout. After the Wolfpack went up 13-7 on a Kody Burke jumper at the 12:53 mark, Tech reeled off a 10-0 run, capped by a Foster jumper.

An NC State three put the Pack back up 20-17 at 6:33 before the Jackets ran off another 10 straight points, finished by a Montgomery fastbreak layup. Over that final 6:33 of the first half, Tech ripped off a 14-2 run to send the Jackets to intermission with a 31-22 lead.

Tech didn’t slow up to begin the second half, extending its lead to as many as 24 points on a LaQuananisha Adams layup with 9:56 to play, putting the Jackets up 62-38. The Pack continued to fight and whittled the Tech lead down to eight with 1:12 left, but weren’t able to get any closer.

On This Date: Georgia Tech is 10-7 all-time when playing on January 2.
The 10 wins: 81-52 vs. Jacksonville State (1/2/11); 76-47 vs. Army (1/2/10); 79-42 vs. Jackson State (1/2/08); 66-59 vs. Florida State (1/2/03); 82-75 at North Carolina (1/2/00); 92-70 vs. Florida State (1/2/99); 44-40 vs. Maryland (1/2/97); 94-71 vs. Western Carolina (1/2/91); 79-78 vs. #6/8 NC State (1/2/90); 74-71 vs. Chattanooga (1/2/89).

The seven losses: 69-57 vs. #2/2 North Carolina (1/2/07); 72-67 vs. #11/12 North Carolina (1/2/02); 75-63 vs. #18/14 NC State (1/2/98); 61-60 at Maryland (1/2/96); 69-62 at #20/20 Maryland (1/2/94); 80-75 vs. #–/22 North Carolina (1/2/87); 77-69 vs. #18/18 NC State (1/2/86).

Tech Against The ACC: Georgia Tech owns a 152-305 (.333) all-time record against the Atlantic Coast Conference. Head Coach MaChelle Joseph is 52-62 in ACC games. The Jackets are seeking their second straight ACC opening win after rallying in the final minute to defeat No. 8/8 North Carolina 71-70 last season in Atlanta.

Individually Speaking: Several Yellow Jackets rank among the best in the ACC statistically. Sophomore Ty Marshall is fifth in scoring (15.9), senior Sasha Goodlett is 10th in scoring (13.6), Goodlett is fifth in field goal percentage (54.8), sophomore Dawnn Maye is fourth in assists (4.5), senior Metra Walthour is tied for seventh in assists (4.0), Maye is tied for ninth in steals (2.6), Walthour is tied for sixth in 3-pointers made (1.5) and Goodlett is sixth in blocked shots (1.6).

Walthour would be third in the ACC in free throw percentage, 88.5, but doesn’t have enough attempts to qualify.

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