Georgia Tech Hosts Alcorn State Sunday

Dec. 15, 2012

Georgia Tech Game Notes

Georgia Tech returns to McCamish Pavilion for the first time in two weeks when the Yellow Jackets host the Alcorn State Lady Braves at 2 p.m. Sunday. The Jackets will be trying to stop a three-game skid in which all three losses came to top 15 ranked teams.

Junior Tyaunna Marshall continues to lead Georgia Tech with 16.6 points and 8.1 rebounds per game. She is second on the team with 21 assists and 17 steals. Marshall is third in the ACC in scoring, ninth in rebounding and 12th in steals, and is only one of two players to rank in the top 15 in the conference in those two categories. She led the Jackets with 23 points and eight rebounds at No. 4 Duke in Tech’s last game. It was the 16th time in her career she has scored at least 20 points.

This will be the fourth all-time meeting between Georgia Tech and Alcorn State and the first since a 76-54 Yellow Jacket win on Dec. 29, 2006, in Atlanta.

Georgia Tech will recognize its Jacket 2 Jacket reading program participants on Sunday. Nearly 2,000 elementary and middle school students read over 1.8 million pages in the month of October.

Senior Sharena Taylor was one of 34 Georgia Tech student-athletes to earn their degree at the Dec. 15 Georgia Tech commencement ceremony at McCamish Pavilion.

Taylor is the first in her family to graduate from a four-year college and earned her degree in Science, Technology and Culture in only three and a half years. The Pontiac, Mich., native has played in 73 career games with 12 starts. Taylor has accepted a position with Teach For America in Atlanta.

Georgia Tech recognized the participants and winners of its sixth annual “Jacket 2 Jacket” reading program at the Dec. 16 game against Alcorn State. This year, nearly 2,000 total students at 19 elementary and middle schools read a total of 1,872,442 pages from Oct. 1 through Nov. 2.

The program is an effort by Tech women’s basketball to promote and encourage children to read and learn.

Ariel Gallardo, a fifth-grader from Kanoheda, was the highest individual reader with 42,202 pages read while Sahana Parker, a sixth-grader from Inman, was runner-up with 21,350 pages read.

Hollydale Elementary tallied the highest total for an elementary school with 487,953 pages read while Inman Middle won the middle school contest with 569,966 pages read.

Junior Tyaunna Marshall is one of only two players to rank in the top 15 in the ACC in scoring, rebounding and steals. Marshall is third in scoring (16.6 ppg), ninth in rebounding (8.1 rpg) and tied for 12th in steals (2.1 spg).

Georgia Tech will face 10 teams this season that it has played fewer than five times previously. They are Alcorn State (3), Florida International (2), Marquette (1), Northeastern (0), Purdue (1), Quinnipiac (0), Syracuse (0), Tennessee (4), Washington (1) and Wisconsin-Milwaukee (0).


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