Feb. 2, 2011
After opening ACC play with five of their first eight games on the road, the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets will be in the friendly confines of Alexander Memorial Coliseum, where they are 12-1 this season, for four of six games in February. The Jackets will open the month against the 12th ranked Maryland Terrapins on Thursday night at 7 p.m.
Tech will be celebrating National Girls and Women in Sports Day by giving free admission to all girls and women. The Jackets will also be honor their seventh annual class in their Women Out Front Celebration at halftime.
The Terrapins (18-3, 4-2 ACC) step back into conference action after defeating Longwood 84-38 on Jan. 30., while the Jackets (18-6, 6-2 ACC) are coming off an 84-74 loss at #16 Miami on Jan. 30.
The two leading candidates for ACC Rookie of the Year, Tech’s Ty Marshall and Maryland’s Alyssa Thomas, will see each other for the only time during the regular season. The two have combined to win or share 10 of the league’s 12 Rookie of the Week honors, with each having claimed the accolade five times. They are the top two scoring freshman in the ACC and each is nearly a lock to score double digits every night.
Last season at this point, Tech was 18-5, 4-3 ACC after a 61-47 victory over Virginia Tech on Jan. 31.
Besides being from the Old Line State, freshman Ty Marshall has another connection to Maryland. Her high school coach, Jasmina Perazic, was an All-American before graduating from UM in 1983.
NO. 500 CAME AGAINST MARYLAND
The Georgia Tech women’s basketball program earned its 500th all-time victory when it defeated the Maryland Terrapins, 61-60, on Feb. 5, 2010, in College Park, Md. Montgomery (20) and Ardossi (15) were a combined 14-of-29 against the Terrapins, leading Tech to the win.
Since the return of senior Deja Foster, Tech is 15-3, with all three losses coming to Top 25 teams, and two of which were to Top 5 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.
TECH’S WINS AGAINST RANKED FOES
All-time, Tech has notched 30 wins against ranked foes. Tech has beaten Maryland four times when the Terrapins were ranked. Each of those times, the Terps were ranked in the top 15, and twice when UM was No. 4. Three of the four Tech wins came when the game was played in Atlanta.
Tech defeated the then-defending national champion and fourth ranked Terrapins 77-72 on Feb. 1, 2007, at Alexander Memorial Coliseum. Stephanie Higgs led all scorers with 26 points. Janie Mitchell and Jacqua Williams added 17 and 16 points, respectively. This season, the Jackets are 2-5 against ranked foes.