March 25, 2012
By Jon Cooper
– The 2011-12 Georgia Tech Women’s Basketball season ended in the Sweet 16, about three games sooner than it would have liked, but there’s no denying that the team put together a season for the ages.
Here’s a numerical look at just some of the things they were able to accomplish.
12 – The season-best total of ACC wins by the 2011-12 Yellow Jackets.
26 – The season-best total of wins by the ’11-12 team.
0 – The number of true home games played by the Yellow Jackets in 2011-12. They responded just fine, winning 10 of the 13 games played at The Arena at Gwinnett Center, 5-3 in ACC play.
.727 – Georgia Tech’s winning percentage in games played away from “home.” The Jackets were 10-2 in true away games (7-1 within the conference) Tech’s lone Conference road loss was a 77-74 loss at Maryland on Jan. 6. They also were 6-4 in neutral-site games, including 4-2 in the postseason.
.851 – The combined winning percentages of the teams that beat Georgia Tech in neutral-site and true away games. The teams, Rutgers (22-10), Green Bay (31-2), Georgia (22-9), Maryland (31-4, twice, including in the ACC Championship game) and Baylor (37-0, in Saturday’s Sweet 16 match-up), were all ranked and combine for a 143-25 record. That may improve, as Maryland and Baylor are still alive in the NCAAs.
19/6/3 – The number of points, field goals made and three-point field goals made by Sydney Wallace in her first six neutral-site games (The San Juan Shootout, the Bahamas Sunshine Shootout, and the ACC Tournament).
83, 32, 21 – The number of points, field goals made and three-point field goals made by Wallace in her three NCAA Tournament games. She’s the first Yellow Jacket to score 20 points in her first three NCAA Tournament appearances. She also shot a blazing 68.0 percent (32-for-47), 55.9 from three (19-for-34).
68.0/55.9 – Wallace’s field goal percentage and three-point field goal percentage in the NCAA Tournament. She made 32 of 47 field goal attempts and 19 of 34 from three. Sydney had shot 26.1 percent and 20.0 percent heading into the Tournament.
.05 – Wallace’s three-point field goal percentage after her first five games (1-for-19). She shot 45.8 the rest of the season (44-for-96). Only senior Metra Walthour made more threes in that span (56) and during the entire season (64).
43.9 – Wallace’s ACC-leading three-point shooting percentage in Conference play (18-for-41).
15.3/6.4/13.5/6.9 – Ty Marshall’s season and Conference per-game scoring and rebounding averages in 2011-12. The second-team All-ACC performer raised her overall scoring by almost a bucket and her rebounding by two per game, while improving her ACC scoring by a little more than half a point and nearly doubling her rebounding. Marshall dramatically improved her free throw shooting (.667, up from .580 as a freshman) and her three-point shooting (.333, up from .286). Her field goal percentage dropped slightly but she made only one fewer field goal than her freshman year. In ACC play, she raised her free-throw shooting by 60 points, to .656, and made 14 more field goals, while shooting the same .424.
1.8/3.8/2.0/35.2 – Walthour’s ACC-leading assist-to-turnover ratio, and her per-game averages in assists, three-point field goals made, and minutes, all of which ranked fourth in the league in Conference play. Despite being the only guard in the top five in all four categories, the senior point was left off the ACC All-Conference First-, Second-, Third- and Honorable Mention Teams.
2.4/3.5/1.2 – Sophomore point Dawnn Maye’s steals and assist per game, and assist-to-turnover ratio. Maye, who ranked fifth, eighth and 10th in those categories, was one of five guards in the ACC to rank in the top 10 in all three categories.
13 – The number of games in which Maye had at least five assists. Her high came on Nov. 13, 2011, when she dished out 10 against Old Dominion.
26 – The number of games in which Maye had three or fewer turnovers. That included nine of Tech’s final 10 games.
8/10 – The number of 20-point games and double-doubles by center Sasha Goodlett.
51.7/68.3/14.5/7.7 – The career-best totals in field goal percentage, free throw percentage, points per game and rebounds per game this season for Goodlett, a Second-Team All-ACC performer. In her three previous seasons, she had never shot higher than 47.4 percent or 66.4 from the line, and hadn’t scored more than 9.9 points or grabbed more than 5.8 rebounds.
33/91/2.8/18/16/11 – Career-best marks for offensive rebounds, rebounds, rebounds per game, assists, blocks and steals for Adams. She also made a 15 starts and played 12.0 minutes, also career-bests.
45/6 – The career-best totals for offensive rebounds and blocked shots by Bennett.
67/76 – The improvement in three-point shooting during the season and in ACC play by sophomore Frida Fogdemark. Fogdemark shot .329 (23-for-70), .326 in ACC play (14-for-43). That’s up from .262 (11-for-42) and .250 (4-for-16) from three as a freshman. She also was perfect from the foul line during the season, making all 10 attempts (she was 6-for-6 in conference play). Frida was 6-for-10 last year and didn’t attempt a free throw as a freshman in 14 ACC games.
52.6 – Freshman T.J. Gortnar’s shooting percentage over her 10 games as a starter (10-for-19). She also handed out three assists against Georgetown in the Second Round victory over the Hoyas, her highest total as a starter and two off her season best set Feb. 26 vs. Clemson.
134 – The school record for games played in a career, co-held by Goodlett and Bennett.
145 – The number of rebounds pulled down by Regins, which ranked third on the team. The senior power forward was equally committed at both ends of the floor grabbing 72 offensive rebounds and 73 defensive boards. Both totals were career-bests, topping her junior season total by 28 — fittingly by 14 on each side.
227 – The number of points sophomore center Danielle Hamilton-Carter improved her field goal percentage. Hamilton-Carter shot .507 in 34 games (36-for-71), up from .280 as a freshman, when she made just seven of 25 FGAs in 19 games.
179 – The number of victories for Head Coach MaChelle Joseph in her nine seasons at Tech. Following this year’s 26-9 season she now owns a .682 win percentage as Jackets head coach. That’s 166 points higher than her predecessor, Agnus Berenato.