Jan. 26, 2011
The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets will hit the road for a pair of ACC games on Thursday and Sunday after bouncing back from their first conference loss of the seaosn with a 67-54 win over Boston College on Sunday, Jan. 23. The Jackets will be in Blacksburg, Va., for a 7 p.m. contest on Thursday, Jan. 27, against the Virginia Tech Hokies (9-10, 0-5 ACC). After battling the Hokies, Tech will travel south to Miami for a Sunday matinee against the #16/22 ranked Miami Hurricanes on Sunday, Jan. 30 at 3 p.m.
Virginia Tech is led by junior guard Shanel Harrison who is tops on the Hokies with 12.4 ppg and 6.1 rpg. Harrison is shooting over 43 percent for the year. Senior Nikki Davis runs the Hokie offense as she has 92 assists on the year, averaging 4.8 helpers a game.
The Hokies enter the contest coming off a 72-37 loss at in-state rival Virginia on Jan. 23. Sophomore Alyssa Fenyn led VT with 12 points against the Cavaliers.
Senior Alex Montgomery leads the Jackets with 14.0 ppg and 8.3 rpg, and is coming off her seventh double-double of the season with 15 points and 10 boards against BC. Freshman Tyaunna Marshall is close behind tossing in 13.5 ppg, while junior point guard Metra Walthour runs the Jacket offense with 91 assists, 4.1 apg.
Last season at this point, Tech was 17-5, 3-3 ACC after an 80-73 overtime victory over Miami on Jan. 27.
Tech’s record 13-game winning streak ended with a 69-32 loss at No. 3/3 Duke on Jan. 21. The loss also ended the Jackets’ best ACC start ever. The longest consecutive streak is 13 games, which includes the last three games of the 1976-77 season and the first 10 games of the 1977-78 season. The Jackets had only posted one other 3-0 start to league play, which came in 1992-93.
Since the return of senior Deja Foster, Tech is 14-2, with both losses coming to Top 5 ranked teams. Foster, made her season debut against #4/4 Tennessee after recovering from a knee injury in the offseason, but did not play against Tennessee State.
Freshman Ty Marshall has earned ACC Rookie of the Week honors five times this season. She was named co-rookie after week one, and named top rookie after weeks two, four, eight and nine.
Marshall’s five weekly accolades are the second most Rookie of the Week honors earned by a Yellow Jacket in her first season on The Flats. Niesha Butler won the award seven times in her rookie year of 1998-99 on her way to winning the 1999 ACC Rookie of the Year. The record for most ACC Rookie of the Week honors is held by Wake Forest’s Tracy Connor, who earned the award nine times in 1992-93.
Marshall is currently 11th in the ACC in scoring with 13.5 ppg. In ACC games, Marshall is 14th in scoring with 12.5 ppg. In conference action, Marshall is tied for 12th in free throw percentage, converting 75.0 percent of her attempts.
Marshall has finished in double digit scoring in 15 of her 22 career games, including in four of six against ranked opponents, and has led Tech in scoring in 11 of 21 games.
Junior point guard Metra “MeMe” Walthour is fifth in the ACC in all games, dishing out 4.1 assists per game. In all contests, she is sixth in the ACC with 2.5 steals per game and third in the critical assist/turnover ratio at 2.0.
In ACC games, Walthour is fourth with 4.7 helpers an outing, sixth with 2.8 steals a game and third in assist/turnover ratio at 2.0.
SENIOR CLASS VICTORIES
This year’s senior class of Deja Foster and Alex Montgomery has a chance to become the all-time winningest class to play for the Yellow Jackets. Currently, the duo has been a part of 84 wins in their three-plus years, second in the Tech annals. The most recent class, Brigitte Ardossi and Tiffany Blackmon, to leave The Flats set the record with 88 wins in four years. In order for Foster and Montgomery to take the top spot, they would need five more wins to pass the `09-10 class, which would also give the Jackets their fifth consecutive 20-win season.