Dec. 1, 2009
ATLANTA – The 23rd-ranked Georgia Tech Women’s Basketball team (4-1) continues its four-game road trip Wednesday when it travels to Penn State (5-1) for the 2009 Big Ten/ACC Challenge. Tip off at the Bryce Jordan Center is slated for 6:30 p.m. The Yellow Jackets will make their first appearance of the season on TV as the game will be televised by the Big Ten Network.
Gameday CentralGame #6 Date: Wednesday, December 2, 2009Opponent: Penn State Lady LionsSite: Bryce Jordan Center (15,261)Tip-Off: 6:30 p.m. ETTV: Big Ten NetworkTalent: Paul Alexander (pbp) and Theresa Grentz (analyst)Producer: Terry EwertRadio: WREK 91.1 FM/www.WREK.orgTalent: Richard Musterer (pbp) and LaChina Robinson (analyst)Live Stats: www.RamblinWreck.com
TECH VS. PENN STATE
Georgia Tech and Penn State will meet for the first time on the hardwood Wednesday.
Tech is 8-3 (.727) against teams from the Big 10.
The Yellow Jackets are 10-4 in games against teams from Pennsylvania.
Lady Lion assistant coach Itoro Coleman is no stranger to the ACC, having graduated from Clemson in 2000.
TECH IN THE BIG TEN/ACC CHALLENGE
Two years in to the Big Ten/ACC Challenge, Georgia Tech is a perfect 2-0 during the event. Last season, the Yellow Jackets defeated a nationally-ranked Michigan State team, 70-57, at Alexander Memorial Coliseum. Tech defeated Iowa, 76-57, on the road during the Inaugural Big Ten/ACC Challenge on Nov. 28, 2007.
MONTGOMERY RETURNS TO ACTION
Junior Alex Montgomery, who has been recovering from a knee injury all summer, made her first appearance of the season last weekend at the LIU Turkey Classic. Montgomery did not dissapoint, scoring eight points and grabbing five rebounds in just 11 minutes her season debut vs. Seton Hall. Against Long Island, she had a team-high 13 points and three asssists in 12 minutes of action.
COUNTDOWN TO 1,000
Alex Montgomery, an All-ACC third team member a year ago, is only 234 points shy of becoming the 23rd player in Yellow Jacket history to reach this milestone. Montgomery scored 335 points her freshman season and added 410 as a sophomore.
MONTGOMERY KNOCKS THEM DOWN FROM LONG RANGE
Alex Montgomery has become one of the most prolific three-point shooters in Georgia Tech. She has knocked down 109 in her career, which is good for sixth all-time. She is shooting .356 (7th all-time) from three-point range for her career. In her first two games this season, Montgomery shoot 5-11 (.455) from beyond the arc.
SENIOR CLASS LOOKING FOR MORE WINS
The 2009-10 senior class, Brigitte Ardossi and Tiffany Blackmon, have been part of 69 wins in their three seasons on the Flats, which is good for second all-time. The Jackets need 11 wins in 2009-10 for this years seniors to become the winningest senior class in the history of the women’s basketball program. Last years seniors hold the current record with 79 victories.
ARDOSSI THE AUSSIE
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 102 games since she came to Tech and has started 54 of them. As a junior, she averaged 7.7 points and 4.5 rebounds, while shooting a team-best 81.9 percent from the free-throw line.
This season, coach Joseph expects big things from her senior “enforcer”. She is putting up 10.4 points and 6.0 boards per game so far and has connected on 12-16 (.750) free-throw attempts in a career-high 25.4 minutes a game.
FOSTER, ARDOSSI RECOGNIZED IN BROOKLYN
Junior Deja Foster, who led the Jackets with 12 points, five rebounds and five assists in a win over LIU, was named the 2009 LIU Turkey Classic Most Valuable Player. Senior Brigitte Ardossi was named to the LIU Turkey Classic All-Tournament team.
REBOUNDING WITH REGINS
Sophomore Chelsea Regins is known to be very active when she gets on the court and it showed when she grabbed a career-high 16 boards to go with her 11 points against Florida Gulf Coast. She did not only record her first career double-double, it was also the first time a Yellow Jackets has recorded 16 rebounds in a game since Sonja Mallory had 16 rebounds against Wake Forest on Jan. 31, 2003. She is pulling down 7.6 rebounds a game so far this season.
THE `MO’TER IS RUNNING
While junior Alex Montgomery is out with an injury, sophomore Mo Bennett has filled in for the All-ACC wing. Bennett has shown her ability to score (career-high 21 points vs. Winthrop) and the ability to rebound (career-high 13 rebounds vs. FGCU). She currently leads the team in ppg with 10.8 and is second in rebounding with 6.4 a game. She also has recorded a team-high 12 steals in five games.
MARCH TO WIN No. 500
The Georgia Tech women’s basketball program is 15 wins shy of the programs 500th all-time victory. Over the 35-plus seasons of women’s basketball on the Flats, Tech is 485-504 (.490) in 989 games. Since the 2000-01 season, Georgia Tech has won 159 games (33 percent of all wins).