Nov. 11, 2010
The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets’ women’s basketball team will begin its quest for a fifth consecutive 20-win season and fifth straight NCAA Tournament berth when it tips off its season on Friday, Nov. 12, against city foe Georgia State. Tech looks to continue on its success that helped the `09-10 squad tie the single-season wins record with 23. The Panthers will be playing their first game for new head coach Sharon Baldwin-Tener after finishing last season 15-15 (6-12 CAA).
Last season, Tech claimed a 62-50 win over the Panthers on the strength of a double-double by Brigitte Ardossi (17 pts, 11 rebs). Center Sasha Goodlett chipped in 16 points and eight rebounds, while point guard Metra Walthour tossed in 10 and dished out five helpers.
The Yellow Jackets return four starters off of last year’s squad in seniors Alex Montgomery and Deja Foster, junior center Sasha Goodlett and Walthour. Montgomery, Foster and Walthour were selected captains by their teammates and coaches.
Joseph is 129-86 in seven seasons as a head coach, all of which have come on the Flats.
SERIES WITH GEORGIA STATE
The Yellow Jackets own a 22-11 all-time record against the Panthers and have won 11 straight in the series, dating to Dec. 19, 1998. In games against Georgia State at Alexander Memorial Coliseum, the Yellow Jackets are 10-5 all-time.
SWEET RESULTS IN SEASON OPENERS
The Yellow Jackets have enjoyed season openers throughout the program’s history. Tech is 26-10 (.722) all-time on opening day and is 19-4 (since 1978-79) when the season opener is played at Alexander Memorial Coliseum. Under head coach MaChelle Joseph, the Jackets are 7-0 on opening day and are 5-0 at home.
Tech defeated Winthrop, 63-30, to open the 2009-10 season. Mo Bennett scored a then-career-high 21 points, grabbed seven rebounds and registered eight steals.
Since Joseph began her tenure, Georgia Tech is 81-24 (.771) at Alexander Memorial Coliseum. In 2007-08, Tech tied the school record for home wins in a season with 14. The 14-2 mark posted by the Yellow Jackets on the Coliseum floor is the best single-season win percentage of any team to don the Old Gold & White. Last season, the Jackets won their first 11 games at home and finished the home slate with a 12-2 (.857) record on the season in the Thrillerdome.
TECH VERSUS THE COLONIAL ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION
Georgia Tech is 15-3 all-time against teams from the CAA. The Yellow Jackets will play a pair of CAA squads in their first two games of the new campaign; Nov. 12 against Georgia State and Nov. 14 at Old Dominion. Tech is 5-0 against GSU since the Panthers joined the Colonial and is 1-1 all-time against the Lady Monarchs. ODU claimed the `09-10 CAA regular season title with a 14-4 mark in league action, while GSU was ninth with a 6-12 conference record.
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