Sept. 2, 2008
ATLANTA – Eleven postseason participants, including eight that played in the 2008 NCAA Tournament, highlight the 2008-09 Georgia Tech women’s basketball schedule, announced today by the Atlantic Coast Conference.
The Yellow Jackets, who reached the NCAA Tournament in back-to-back seasons for the first time in school history, finished last season with 22 wins (22-10), the most since joining the ACC prior to the 1979-80 season. Tech will open the season on Nov. 14 at 6 p.m. against Troy as part of a men’s and women’s doubleheader (the men’s game against Winston-Salem State is scheduled to begin at 8:30 p.m.).
Tech will take its first road trip of the season when it travels to the University of Connecticut on Sun., Nov. 16. The Huskies are the first of three No. 1 seeds from the 2008 NCAA Tournament the Jackets will face this season. Tech will also make a trip to southern Florida in November for the Florida Atlantic Thanksgiving Classic with a first round meeting against Texas.
“This is the most challenging non-conference schedule we have had in my time at Georgia Tech,” head coach MaChelle Joseph said. “Adding UConn to the schedule is indicative of the type of commitment we have made to playing the very best teams in the country year in and year out.”
Georgia Tech’s challenging schedule rolls into December with a home game against 2008 WNIT finalist Michigan State in the second annual ACC/Big Ten Challenge. The Jackets will also play host to Georgia on Dec. 5 and travel across the country for a televised game against Oregon in the Rose Garden on Dec. 13.
The Yellow Jackets will also participate in the Bahamas Sunsplash Shootout in Nassau, where they will meet Winthrop in the opening round of the tournament on Dec. 18. Joining Tech in the field are Winthrop, Memphis and UT-Arlington
“The highlights of this schedule are trips to Portland, Ore., and Nassau, Bahamas,” Joseph said. “We are also excited to open up the Florida Atlantic Tournament in Boca Raton, Fla., against Texas. We felt it was important to challenge our young team early in the season before we get into the conference schedule.”
The ACC portion of the schedule opens Jan. 8 when Boston College visits Alexander Memorial Coliseum. The Jackets will then fly south to Miami on Jan. 12. The game will be broadcast on the ACC’s Regional Sports Network (RSN), which includes FSN South, Comcast SportsNet, SunSports and the New England Sports Network.
In all, the Yellow Jackets will have five games broadcast on RSN, all of which will be conference match-ups. Tech’s second RSN game is Jan. 18 when it heads to Florida State. Tech will also be featured on Jan. 25 at Duke, Feb. 15 at North Carolina and on March 1, vs. Virginia in Atlanta.
Besides playing their home-and-away contests against permanent ACC rivals Clemson, Miami and North Carolina, the Yellow Jackets will also host Maryland and NC State. Tech rounds out its ACC schedule with trips to Wake Forest and Virginia Tech.
“Our ACC home schedule is stacked with NCAA Tournament teams.” Joseph added. “We will get to host Maryland, North Carolina and Virginia on our home court in front of our great fans.”
Tech’s non-conference games include meetings against Kennesaw State (Nov. 19), Mississippi Valley State (Nov. 22), Georgia State (Nov. 26), Florida A&M (Dec. 30) and Tulane (Jan. 4).
All home games are played in Alexander Memorial Coliseum. For ticket information, contact the Georgia ticket office at 1-888-TECH-TIX or click here to print out a season-ticket form.
To view the entire 2008-09 Georgia Tech women’s basketball schedule, click here.