Dec. 6, 2010
GREENSBORO, N.C. – Georgia Tech senior Alex Montgomery and freshman Tyaunna Marshall earned a sweep of Atlantic Coast Conference women’s basketball weekly honors, announced today by the league office. Montgomery earned Player of the Week accolade and Marshall was named Rookie of the Week.
Montgomery and Marshall led the Yellow Jackets to a 3-0 week with wins over Northwestern, Middle Tennessee State and #21/22 ranked Georgia. The Wildcats, Blue Raiders and Lady Bulldogs entered the respective contests with a combined 17-2 mark.
“I am very excited for both Alex and Ty to be named ACC Player of the Week and Freshman of the Week after a great win for our program over #21/22 Georgia,” head coach MaChelle Joseph said. “They both had a great week playing three games in five days. Ty continues to impress me with her ability to play both ends of the floor at such a high level against very good teams. Alex has carried us this year and was huge against Northwestern, taking a lot of gutsy shots, and for a guard, her rebounding statistics are amazing.”
For the week, Montgomery averaged a team-best 20.7 ppg and 8.3 rpg, and was second with 3.7 apg and 1.7 spg. She converted on an outstanding 58 percent of field goal attempts and shot 57.1 percent from behind the arc. She scored at least 16 points and was at least 50 percent from the field in each game this week.
Against Northwestern, Montgomery led all scorers with a career-best 28 points and grabbed a game-high 11 rebounds for her 12th career double-double. With Tech trailing by one, 63-62, Montgomery hit a three-pointer from the corner with 12.6 seconds left. She then grabbed a defensive rebound after a missed Northwestern three and iced the win with a pair of free throws with one second left. Against Middle Tennessee State, she notched her 13th career double-double and led the Jackets in points (16), rebounds (10), assists (3) and steals (2), all of which were game highs.
It is the first time Montgomery has been honored with an ACC weekly award since being named Rookie of the Week twice in her first year on the Flats.
Marshall continues to be a key component to the Jackets in her first season in the Old Gold and White. She was second on the team with 12.3 ppg, and added 3.0 rpg, 2.0 apg and 1.7 spg. Marshall posted her second career 20-plus point performance with 20 points against the #21/22 Georgia Lady Bulldogs. Despite making only 1-of-5 field goal attempts against Northwestern, she finished the week shooting 44.4 percent from the field.
Against Middle Tennessee State, Marshall was second among all players with 13 points and four assists in only 19 minutes of action. Her 20 points versus Georgia were a game high and she was second on the team with five rebounds, four assists and two steals.
Marshall earns her third ACC Rookie of the Week honor in only her fourth week of college ball, after earning Co-Rookie of the Week after week one and Rookie of the Week after week two.
The Jackets have played the nation’s third toughest schedule to date and 11 games in 23 days, but will now have two weeks off before making a West Coast trip to face Portland State Dec. 21 and Washington Dec. 23 in a homecoming game for Montgomery. Tech returns to Alexander Memorial Coliseum to face Mercer on Dec. 28.
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