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Jackets Seek Best ACC Start In School History

Jan. 16, 2011

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The Georgia Tech women’s basketball team will hit the road for the second time in ACC action when they travel to Winston-Salem, N.C., to face the Wake Forest Demon Deaconsin a prime time Monday night matchup. Tech will not only be looking to improve on its 3-1 road record, but also trying to become 4-0 in ACC play for the first time ever. The Jackets will also be trying to extend their record winning streak to 13 games.

After losing her first three contests to the Demon Deacons, head coach MaChelle Joseph has won six of her last seven games against Wake Forest, and is 2-2 in Winston-Salem.

The Demon Deacons bring a 10-8 overall record and a 1-1 mark in ACC play into Monday night’s game after beating Virginia Tech 62-54 Jan. 13. While the Deacs are hovering around .500 for the year, their home record is much better at 8-3.

The Jackets are coming off a 68-48 win over the Virginia Cavaliers Jan. 13 and sport a 15-4 record and 3-0 mark in league action. Freshman Tyaunna Marshall tallied a game-high 16 points against the Cavaliers, the eighth time this year the rookie from Upper Marlboro, Md., has led Georgia Tech in scoring. Three Jackets grabbed nine boards against UVa and Tech won the battle of the boards for the 17th time in 19 games.

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Brigitte Ardossi scored a game-high 23 points to lead Georgia Tech to a 52-45 come-from-behind victory over Wake Forest in the first quarterfinal game of the ACC Tournament.

A second-team All-ACC selection, Ardossi helped the fourth-seeded Yellow Jackets overcome a 16-point deficit and a first half in which they made just three field goals. With 1:05 remaining, Ardossi’s jumper gave Tech a 45-43 lead, its first since being up 4-2.

The Yellow Jackets outscored the fifth-seeded Demon Deacons 18-5 over the final 10:08 as they tied the school record set in 1978 with their 23rd win of the season.

Wake Forest raced out to a 25-9 lead behind Brooke Thomas’ eight first-half points. But Ardossi’s shooting and Wake’s 12 second-half turnovers doomed the Demon Deacons as they fell to 18-13 on the season.

It took Georgia Tech nearly 12 minutes to hit its first field goal, but behind Ardossi’s 10 first-half points the Yellow Jackets trailed by just eight at intermission. Ardossi scored six of Tech’s eight points in the final three and a half minutes of the half while the Jackets held Wake scoreless over that stretch.

Secily Ray led the Deacons with 11 points. Thomas added 10 and Brittany Waters nine for Wake Forest, which recorded its second season with at least 18 wins over the last 23 years.

Alex Montgomery scored nine points and Deja Foster contributed seven boards 10 rebounds for the Jackets.

Last season at this point, Tech was 15-4, 2-2 ACC after losing to Boston College 77-51 on Jan. 17 in Chestnut Hill, Mass.

Tech posted its 12th straight win with the victory over Virginia on Jan. 13. It is the longest single-season winning streak in school history. 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.

Tech opened ACC play 3-0 for only the second time, with the other being the 1992-93 season. That squad beat NC State, 86-79, in Raleigh on Jan. 8 to improve to 3-0, but would lose at Wake Forest, 85-70, Jan. 10.

Since the return of senior Deja Foster, Tech is 12-1. Foster, made her season debut against Tennessee after recovering from a knee injury in the offseason, but did not play against Tennessee State.

The Jackets are ranked in the top 30 of several national statistical categories. Their highest mark is 10th in scoring defense, 52.1. Tech is 17th in rebound margin (+9.3), 25th in three-point field goal defense (26.7), 26th in scoring margin (15.3), 28th in steals per game (11.9) and 28th in field goal percentage (44.4).


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