March 1, 2010
GREENSBORO, N.C. – Georgia Tech’s Alex Montgomery earned the third annual Atlantic Coast Conference Sixth Player of the Year honor, announced by ACC Commissioner John Swofford today. The ACC Sixth Player of the Year accolade is nominated and selected by a vote of the league’s 12 ACC women’s basketball head coaches.
“Alex is very deserving of the Sixth Player of the Year award,” head coach MaChelle Joseph said. “Coming back from a knee injury, she played limited minutes through January and did not crack the starting lineup till late in the season. She has had a phenomenal year considering she has not played at 100 percent yet.”
Montgomery, a junior from Tacoma, Wash., missed two of the Yellow Jackets’ NCAA Tournament contests to close out the 2008-09 campaign and five games to open this season. Despite missing only seven games total from her knee injury and rehabilitating throughout the summer, the All-ACC guard has played in 25 of the Jackets’ 30 games this season and has started 10 of them. She is averaging 12.0 points in 24.1 minutes per contest.
In addition, Montgomery has become one of the most prolific 3-point shooters in Georgia Tech history. She has knocked down 160 threes in her career, a mark good for fifth all-time. She is shooting 34.2 percent (8th all-time) from 3-point range for her career, while over the 25 games she has played this season, Montgomery has shot 56-of-173 (.324) from beyond the arc.
Montgomery became the 23rd player in Yellow Jacket history to reach the 1,000-point milestone. An All-ACC third-team member a year ago, she has scored 301 points this season. She finished with 335 points her freshman season and added 410 as a sophomore. Montgomery registered her 1,000 point on a 3-pointer from the corner with 11 seconds remaining against Florida State on Feb. 15, 2010 and now has 1,046 in her career.
The Yellow Jackets, who have received a first round bye, will open the 33rd Annual ACC Women’s Basketball Tournament Friday, March 5 at 11 a.m. Tech will face either No. 5 seeded Wake Forest or 12th-seeded Miami.