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Georgia Tech Opens ACC Tournament Friday

March 3, 2010

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ATLANTA – The fourth-seeded Georgia Tech Women’s Basketball team (22-8, 8-6 ACC) have a first round bye and will meet No. 5 seeded Wake Forest (17-12, 7-7) in the quarterfinals of the 2010 ACC Tournament Friday morning. The game at the Greensboro Coliseum, which will be televised on the ACC Regional Sports Network, is scheduled for 11 a.m.

Gameday CentralACC Tournament - QuarterfinalsGame #31 Date:  Friday, March 5, 2010Opponent:       No. 5 Wake ForestTip-Off:        11:00 a.m. ETSite:           Greensboro Coliseum (23,500)TV:             RSN/FOX HD/Fox Sports South in AtlantaTalent:         Ron Thulin (pbp) and Debbie Antonelli (analyst)Radio:          WREK 91.1 FM/www.WREK.orgTalent:         Richard Musterer (pbp) and LaChina Robinson (analyst)Live Stats: via Gametracker

• Georgia Tech has a 32-23 record vs Wake Forest.
• Georgia Tech has won five of the last six against Wake Forest.
• The Yellow Jackets are 152-332 (.314) all-time against ACC opponents.
• The Jackets are 8-30 all-time in ACC Tournament games and 3-6 under head coach MaChelle Joseph.

The Yellow Jackets, who finished with an 8-6 record in the ACC for the second season in a row, have earned a first round bye for the tournament. Tech has finished at .500 or better in the conference for the fourth straight year and only the sixth time ever. The Jackets are 32-24 (.571) over the last four seasons against ACC teams during the regular season. The Yellow Jackets will play either No. 5 seeded Wake Forest or 12th-seeded Miami in the quarterfinals of the tournament. This is the fourth quarterfinals appearance for Tech under head coach MaChelle Joseph and first ever appearance via a bye.

The Yellow Jackets have won at least 20 games in four straight seasons for the first time in school history. Tech has only topped 20 wins seven times in its history and six times since joining the ACC prior to the 1979-80 season. The school record for wins is 23 set in 1977-78 (prior to ACC membership). Since joining the ACC, Tech has topped out at 22 wins the last two seasons. With 22 wins in 2009-10, the Jackets have recorded the most regular season victories since joining the ACC.

Alex Montgomery, an All-ACC third team member a year ago, has become just the 23rd player in Yellow Jacket history to reach this milestone. Montgomery, who has scored 301 points this season, finished with 335 points her freshman season and added 410 as a sophomore. She registered her 1,000 point on a three-pointer from the corner with 11 seconds remaining against Florida State on Feb. 15, 2010 and now has 1,046 in her career. (GT All-Time 1,000 point Scorers List on page 7)

Alex Montgomery has become one of the most prolific three-point shooters in Georgia Tech history. She has knocked down 160 in her career, which is good for fifth all-time. She is shooting .342 (8th all-time) from three-point range for her career. Over the 25 games she has played this season, Montgomery has shot 56-173 (.324) from beyond the arc. Montgomery ranks fourth in the ACC in 3-pointers made this season with 2.2 per game. Her five three-point baskets vs. Wake Forest tied a career-high.

Junior Alex Montgomery, who rehabed a knee injury all summer, was named the 2010 ACC Sixth Player of the Year after only missing seven total games from her injury. The All-ACC guard has played in 25 of the Jackets 30 games so far and has started nine of them. She is averaging 12.0 points in only 24.1 minutes per contest.

Senior Brigitte Ardossi, if nothing else, has been extremely consistent over her three-plus seasons on the Flats. The Melbourne, Australia native has played in all 127 games since she came to Tech, a new program record, and has started 79 of them. She is eighth all-time in Tech history in field-goal percentage by shooting .484 (342-706) from the field.

This season, coach Joseph is seeing a big return from her senior “enforcer”. She is putting up 15.8 points and 7.5 boards per game (18.9 points and 8.6 rebounds in ACC games) and has connected on 139-166 (.837) free-throw attempts, which currently leads the ACC, in a career-high 31.4 minutes a game. Ardossi has scored in double figures in 23 straight games and 28 of the Yellow Jackets 30 contests this season. She has also recorded six double-doubles on the year, including her 29 point, 17 rebound outburst in the Jackets 80-73 overtime victory over Miami on Jan. 27, 2010.

After leading the Yellow Jackets to pair of ACC victories, Ardossi was named the ACC Player of the Week for the first time in her career on Feb. 1, 2010.

Georgia Tech senior Brigitte Ardossi and junior Alex Montgomery earned All-Atlantic Coast Conference honors. Ardossi was selected to the All-ACC second team, while Montgomery was named All-ACC third team.

Just like 2008-09, junior Deja Foster has shown improvements on her previous season. Though her scoring average has not jumped eight point like the previous season, she has put up career-highs in points (10.0), rebounds (6.1) and assists (3.4) over 30 games. Foster has notched three double-doubles this season and grabbed a career-best 14 rebounds in win over Army.

Foster has played so well this season, she is currently one of only two players (Shenise Johnson, Miami) in the ACC to rank in the top 30 of scoring, top 20 of rebounding and top 10 of assists.

Sophomore center Sasha Goodlett continues to grow into one of the best bigs in Georgia Tech history. Goodlett has scored in double-figures 12 times in 2009-10, including a career-high 21 points at Oklahoma State. In ACC play, Goodlett averaged 10.8 points a game and shot .472 (60-127) in those contests. She notched her second career double-double in the overtime win over Miami.


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