Feb. 18, 2012
When Georgia Tech (19-7, 9-4 ACC) defeated Wake Forest 67-52 Thursday night at Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Winston-Salem, N.C., the Yellow Jackets tied the school record for single-season ACC wins in a season with nine. When Tech hosts the Boston College Eagles (7-19, 2-11 ACC) in a 2 p.m. tilt Sunday at the Arena at Gwinnett Center, the Jackets can reach another milestone – a 20 win season.
Sunday’s game will be Tech’s Play4Kay game in which the Yellow Jackets will wear pink uniforms and Tech encourages all fans to wear pink as the Jackets try to raise awareness and money for breast cancer research.
The Yellow Jacket record of nine ACC wins in a year had previously been set in 2007 and 2011. The 2012 senior class has already set the school record for most ACC wins by a class with 34 and can continue to raise the bar with three remaining league games.
Georgia Tech defeated the Eagles 68-58 January 15 in Chestnut Hill, Mass. Senior Sasha Goodlett dominated the game with game and career-highs of 26 points and 16 rebounds. Sophomore Tyaunna Marshall added a double-double of her own with 15 points and 10 rebounds, while senior Metra Walthour made three 3-pointers and tallied 14 points.
Play4Kay: Sunday’s home game against Boston College will be Tech’s Play4Kay designated game in which the Yellow Jackets will wear pink uniforms and fans are encouraged to wear pink in support of the Kay Yow Foundation, and raising money and awareness for breast cancer research.
This year, Georgia Tech will also be raising money for Amy Hosier, a former Yellow Jacket softball student-athlete who at the age of 28 was diagnosed with breast cancer. In addition, the Yellow Jacket softball team will be collecting money for Hosier. The Jackets will host their annual pink game against Maryland on April 8. The team will wear pink jerseys and auction them off following the game.
For more information on Amy Hosier, her story and how to help, click here
Double Digit ACC Wins: With the 15-point win at Wake Forest Feb. 16, the Yellow Jackets tied the school record for most ACC wins in a season with nine. The 2006-07 team was the first to record nine league wins and the 2010-11 team equaled the mark.
ACC Finish: Georgia Tech has never finished higher than sole possession of fourth place in the ACC standings, which the Jackets did in 2010. Currently, Tech is tied for third with Maryland.Tech has Boston College (11th, 2-11 ACC), Virginia Tech (10th, 3-10 ACC) and Clemson remaining (11th, 2-11 ACC) while the Terps have to face Duke (1st, 13-0 ACC), North Carolina (5th, 8-5 ACC) and NC State (9th, 4-9 ACC).
Sixth Sense: A win over Boston College would secure Georgia Tech’s sixth consecutive 20-win season. A victory over the Eagles would give the Jackets nine 20-win seasons all-time with six coming under head coach MaChelle Joseph. The 1977-78 team won 23 games in the AIAW days. Joseph’s predecessor, Agnus Berenato, won at least 20 games in 1991-92 and 2002-03. The 1991-92 team finished the season as NWIT champions.
The Yellow Jackets are also in contention for their sixth straight NCAA Tournament berth. Should Tech play in this year’s NCAA Tournament, it would mark the eighth trip in school history, six of which have come under Joseph.
Fan Appreciation Day: Georgia Tech will host Fan Appreciation Day on Sunday, Feb. 26, when the Jackets host the Clemson Lady Tigers in a 2 p.m. contest at Forbes Arena on the Morehouse College campus in downtown Atlanta. Georgia Tech will honor its 2012 senior class prior to the game and admission for all fans will be free.