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@GTWBB Heads to Virginia Sunday

Jan. 24, 2015

Georgia Tech (12-8, 2-4 ACC) at Virginia (13-6, 3-3 ACC) – Game 21
Date & Time Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015 | 2 p.m. ET
Location John Paul Jones Arena | Charlottesville, Va.  
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The Georgia Tech women’s basketball team (12-8, 2-4 ACC) plays its second-straight road game, traveling to face Virginia (13-6, 3-3 ACC) on Sunday at 2 p.m. 

– Sophomore Kaela Davis became the fastest GT player to score 1,000 career points after scoring 24 pts at Notre Dame. She broke the record of 55 games, scoring 1,007 career points in 52 games.
– Head coach MaChelle Joseph became GT’s all-time winningest coach after the Jackets defeated Clemson on Jan. 4. She has a career record of 225-142.
– Junior Roddreka Rogers has a team-best six double-doubles after recording back-to-back double-doubles at UNC and against Pittsburgh.
– Senior Sydney Wallace became the 27th Jacket to score 1,000 career points after scoring 10 points against Lipscomb.
– This is the 69th meeting in school history vs. Virginia. Tech has won six out of the past eight games.

a win would…
– Be the 226th win of Coach Joseph’s career, making her 226-142 overall
– Be seventh win out of the past nine games for Tech against Virginia
– Be the fourth-straight win vs. Virginia
– Give Joseph a 9-7 record against Notre Dame
– Give Georgia Tech its 601st program win and put Georgia Tech at 601-568 overall over 40 years of women’s basketball
– Snap a three-game conference losing streak

Tech tidbits
– Sophomore Kaela Davis became the 28th Yellow Jacket and fastest player at Tech to reach 1,000 points after scoring 24 points at Notre Dame. She played in 52 game – the previous record was 55 games.
– Senior Sydney Wallace became the 27th Yellow Jacket to score 1,000 career points after recording 10 points against Lipscomb
– Tech’s eight losses are to teams receiving votes or ranked in top 25 polls
– In 12 wins, Tech has averaged a 20.5 margin of victory
– In 13 of Tech’s 20 games, at least one player has scored 20 points or more. In four games, two Yellow Jackets reached the 20 point mark in the same game.
Kaela Davis, Aaliyah Whiteside, Zaire O’Neil and Sydney Wallace are all averaging double-figures.
– Davis ranks third in the ACC with her 20.5 ppg average and 20th in the NCAA.
– The Jackets have won the rebounding battle in 14 of their 20 games and tied their opponents in rebounding in one game.  
– The Jackets are averaging 81.4 points per game when playing at home this season.
– Dating back to the 2012-13 season, Tech has won 18 out of its 21 home non-conference games. Tech’s loss to Georgia was its first nonconference home loss since Dec. 2, 2012 against UGA.
– Tech only committed seven fouls against Central Arkansas, which ties for the third-least amount of fouls committed in a game in Georgia Tech history. They only sent UCA to the foul line once the entire game.
– Tech also only sent Lipscomb to the foul line once while committing 11 fouls. 

fast track to 1,000 points
Sophomore Kaela Davis became the 28th Yellow Jacket to reach 1,000 career points after scoring 24 at Notrhe Dame. Davis, who has played in 52 career games, is the fastest player in GT women’s basketball history to reach the 1,000 point milestone. Dolores Bootz (1985-88) and Joyce Pierce (1991-93) both reached the milestone in 55 games. Davis is the second Yellow Jacket to achieve the feat this year for senior Sydney Wallace became the 27th Yellow Jacket to score 1,000 career points against Lipscomb on Dec. 29, 2014.  Davis currently has 1,007 career poitns. 

THROWBACK to the last time they met
Georgia Tech won both meetings against Virginia in the 2013-14 season. Tech won the regular season meeting, 95-76, at home. The two teams met in the second round of the ACC Tournament, with the Jackets winning a close one, 77-76, to advance to the quarterfinals of the conference tournament.   The Yellow Jackets were led on offense by tTyaunna Marshall and Kaela Davis. The pair combined to score 74 percent (54-of-77) of Tech’s points against Virginia. Davis scored a team-high 28 points while Marshall recorded a double-double with 26 points and 10 rebounds. Aaliyah Whiteside secured the win with a three point play that put Tech ahead, 77-74 with 13.5 seconds on the clock. 

two for 1,000
Senior Sydney Wallace and sophomore Kaela Davis are the fifth pair of teammates to reach 1,000 career points in the same season. They are the first duo since Brigitte Ardossi and Alex Montgomery each reached 1,000 career points in the 2009-10 season. Two Jackets have acheived the milestone in a single season three seasons under Joseph’s direction – 2006-07, 2009-10, 2014-15. 

#3 for 30
Against Pittsburgh, sophomore Kaela Davis scored 31 points for her third 30 point game of the season and fourth of her career.  Davis joins four other Yellow Jackets who have recorded at least four 30 point games in their careers – Kisha Ford (six), Dolores Bootz (six), Karen Lounsbury (six) and Joyce Pierce (four). Davis is also just one of four Yellow Jackets to record at least three 30 point games in a single-season:

Kaela Davis – 3 in 2014-15
Kisha Ford – 3 in 1996-97
– Dolores Bootz – 5 in 1987-88
– Karen Lounsbury – 4 in 1988-89

stepping up big
After losing senior Sydney Wallace for the season because of a torn ACL, junior Aaliyah Whiteside has stepped up in a bigger scoring role. Before getting injured during the Lipscomb game, Wallace was the second leading scorer on the Yellow Jackets, averaging 13.1 points per game. Since the Lipscomb game, Whiteside has scored at least 14 points a game, averaging 17.6 points per game the past seven games. Whiteside has scored at least 20 points in two of the past four games, scoring 20 at Boston College and leading Tech with 22 points at #8 North Carolina. 

Whiteside is averaging 17.7 points per game in ACC play and 6.3 boards per game, which are both second on the Jackets. She is also leading the Jackets in assists per game in ACC games with 3.0 per game. Whiteside is averaging 39.3 minutes per game in conference play.

rebounding machine
Junior Roddreka Rogers has been a huge presence on the boards for the Jackets this season, averaging 9.5 rebounds per game which ranks fifth in the ACC. During conference play, Rogers is averaging a double-double with 11.7 points per game and 10.0 rebounds per game. She is third in the ACC in rebounds per game in conference play and her 11.7 ppg is tied for 27th. 

Rogers has six double-doubles this season, with three coming against conference opponents – Clemson, North Carolina and Pittsburgh. She has led the Jackets in rebounding in 13 games and has had nine games in double-figure rebounding this season.

acc road warriors
The Yellow Jackets are on the road for five of their first seven ACC games, traveling to Louisville, Boston College, North Carolina, Notre Dame and Virginia. The Jackets willl travel 3,066 miles during the month of January. Tech is 1-3 in ACC road games so far. 

Joseph is all-time winningest coach
With a 74-66 win vs. Clemson on Jan. 4, 2015, head coach MaChelle Joseph became the all-time winningest coach in Georgia Tech women’s basketball history with a career record of 225-141. Joseph surpassed Agnus Berenato’s record of 223-209, which Berenato accomplished in 15 seasons. Joseph is in the middle of her 12th season at the helm of the Jackets and owns the highest overall winning percentage (.615) and ACC winning percentage (.488) in GT women’s basketball history. 

The Yellow Jackets return home to kick off a four-game homestand, starting with Florida State on Friday, January 30 at 7 p.m. on RSN/FOX.  


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